Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Explore the traditional Vietnamese architecture at Temple of Literature
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About Temple of Literature in Hanoi
Temple of Literature is considered as one of Hanoi’s most sacred places, not only for religion or spirituality but for education as well. The temple was originally built in 1070 AD as a university dedicated to Confucianism, during the reign of third Ly emperor Ly Thanh Tong. The architecture of the Temple of Literature Hanoi resembles the trademark Chinese style which has been followed for all Confucian temples after his birthplace. It was later renovated in bits and pieces by the Tran dynasty. What stands now is a spectacular example of Indochinese architecture and a reflection of the country’s several imperial histories as well.
Back when classism was at its peak and a norm in the Vietnamese society, only high elites, aristocrats and royals could get the chance to study in this hallowed institution of Temple of Literature. This is where the king and the courtesan’s children took their lessons in literature under Confucian faith. But eventually that passed and the sacred gates of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi were opened up to the commoners as well, thus becoming the first university of Vietnam. To honour every successful graduate of the institution, their names are engraved on the stone stele at the top of the stone turtles.
When one visits the Temple of literature, they can explore five courtyards separately and the engraved names of the graduates. The first and second courtyards are beautiful and well-maintained gardens and the third one has a large pond which is called the Well of Heavenly Clarity. The fourth courtyard is home to a statue of Confucius and the House of Ceremonies, thus called the Sage Courtyard. The last and final one is called Thai Hoc where a large drum and the bell tower are situated. If you visit Vietnam and more specifically, the capital Hanoi, Temple of Literature should definitely be on the itinerary.
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Bola's 10 days trip to HanoiIt was very good and a happy trip of ours to Vietnam and Cambodia... We really had very good time in all the places we visited.. Our travel-in-charge Rakhi and Vicky Daos was very helpful in each and every matters we came across... A Big Big Thanks to Her... I would surly recommend my family and friends to travel triangle and Viet travelland. I can surely tell this trip was by far my best trip so far.... Thank you once again for giving us such a memorial trip which we will remember always... With love Abhijith
Abhishek's 7 days trip to HanoiHad a good trip of Vietnam with assistance from Mr Karan from travel triangle and Ms Sophie from Bamboo hat tours. Everything was well organised and as per the itinerary. The professionalism of Vietnamese people In general is commendable overall, Vietnam is a great destination for travel in the South Asia and would highly recommend it.
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Malkan's 9 days trip to HanoiJenny - from tinny tours and travels made an amazing schedule. Really so happy with places she planned and hotels and locations she included. 10 starts from me to her. Infact I would other tourist to plan with Jenny and leave it to her. Everything regarding tour was amazing - right from combodia to Vietnam. The tour guides were gem - Mr moern , mr quy. Halong bay was wonderful and trip to angkor wat was wonderful. People should visit these countries once.
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Bhushan's 7 days trip to HanoiExcellent The hotel in hanoi should have lift from road side the steps are very steep Good memories
Rupesh's 5 days trip to HanoiVietnam is a must visit place Whole of Vietnam is beautiful
Vivek's 7 days trip to HanoiVietnam is truly a charming country and I am glad I made a choice to go there. Vietnamese people are very friendly and my travel agent (nick named Sophie) has been the friendliest of all. She plays a perfect host, goes the extra mile to support the tourists. She responded to all my whatsapp queries within seconds (I sent hundreds of queries at all hours of the day). She is a guide in a true sense who thinks and does what's right for the traveller. There are so many memories. The Cruise over the Halong Bay was enchanting, the kayaking was most tranquil of all activities we did. The cable car at the Bana Hill was exhilarating. But the place is known by it's people and I came across some of the friendliest people in Vietnam.
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Sesha's 7 days trip to HanoiOur Tour to Vietnam and Cambodia was happend during 7th-14th Jan 2020. Sophie from Bamboo Hat tours organised very well. Hotels in Siem Reap and Hanoi were very good and Doris Cruise in Ha lang bay was excellent. Will definitely recommend Bamboo hat tours. Wishing Sophie and all Vietnamies a very happy Lunar New year
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Umesh's 8 days trip to HanoiKaran, thanks for planning the itinerary and the bookings, the whole family enjoyed the trip. the itinerary was well planned. Tour guides were friendly and helpful. Tour guide was putting extra effort to help an elderly person. Hotel locations were good, but the ambiance and cleanliness could be better.
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The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 AD, so it is almost 950 years old.
Unlike many other temples in Vietnam, Temple of Literature has no such boundaries. However, one should dress decently and keep shoulders and legs covered before entering the temple.
No, the entry to the Temple of Literature costs 10,000 VND.
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