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Temple of Literature (Van Mieu)

Bell tower in Thai Hoc courtyard

Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) Review

The Temple of Literature, or Văn Miếu, is a treasure trove of Vietnamese architecture and a monument to the importance of education and Confucianism to Vietnam's national identity. Loosely modeled on the temple at Confucius's hometown in China, the nearly 1,000-year-old compound features five manicured courtyards surrounded by the Lake of Literature. Highlights of the Temple of Literature include giant stone turtles, the Constellation of Literature pavilion (a symbol of modern Hanoi), and the Imperial Academy—Vietnam's first university—which was founded in 1076. It is tradition for students to touch the stone turtles for luck, so don't be surprised to find this place packed with graduates in traditional dress. The Temple of Literature is best experienced with a tour guide since most signs are not in English.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 58 Quốc Tử Giám, Dong Da District, Hanoi, 10000
  • Phone: 4/6290–8825
  • Cost: 20,000 VND
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat., 7:30–11:30 and 1:30–4:30
  • Location: Hanoi
Updated: 07-10-2013

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