Temple of Literature & National University

Temple of Literature & National University

Temple of Literature & National University
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Dahiru
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ancient history and culture of Vietnam
    It was the first university in the country, founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. The temple is dedicated to Confucius and his disciples, and displays many stone steles with the names of scholars who passed the royal exams. The architecture and gardens are beautiful and serene, reflecting the values of education and harmony. I highly recommend visiting this place to learn more about the rich heritage of Vietnam.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2023
  • bisonbison
    Calgary, Canada73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skip the audio tour
    The one star missing is for the TERRIBLE audio guide. Extremely boring and useless. Do yourself a favor and just go enjoy the scenery and wonderful temporary exhibits without being encumbered by a dumb headset.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Kanchan58
    Bengaluru, India1,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Indeed historical museum
    Must see. There are so many little things to see such as the architecture, reading about the history and education in Vietnam and the name of historically important people. The sones/memorials were so interesting. The place is also kid friendly and interesting for families to play games. The gardens are refreshing. Entrance fee is really cheap like $1-2
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Tippy
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We arrived at 10am and not so many people there by 11.30 when we left heaving with people. The audio guide was comprehensive and worth the small fee. Beautiful grounds with magnificent old trees, bonsai and regular and very tranquil considering bustling traffic all around it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India10,630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A view of old teaching academy with beautiful landscape
    This is located in central Hanoi and is one of the oldest buildings in the town. It has ponds, places of old residences, ponds. It has a ticket and there is a provision of audio guide. IT is one of the must visit place in Hanoi.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • MizuhoK
    Hino, Japan3,304 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turtle stone statue
    This is one of the symbolic places to represent Vietnam. It tells how the country is influenced by Chinese. Many turtle stone statues represent government officials who passed imperial exams and each turtle is different to other. It’s fun to look and enjoy each difference. It’s also a nice place as a park to walk around. We visited Ho chi min memorial and Chùa Một Cột, one pillar pagoda after here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Shakira Godfrey
    Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple of Literature, Hanoi
    This temple is in the heart of Hanoi, and is really a telling for the city. Beautiful greenery and flowers in bloom, was nice to have a stroll. (Also got to see lots of fish) We spoke to some locals who explained to us how university students come and pray for good grades here. There’s also a small market in the main area next to the museum, where you can buy souvenirs.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Loud1Canberra
    Canberra, Australia315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and serene
    A lovely setting for Vietnam's oldest university. Wanderinf throgh the lovely gardens is peaceful - particularly as once outside the crazy traffic is buzzing continuously. The temple and its history is worth learning about. We were amazed that people tossed coins and some smaller notes onto the roof!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gardens and old architecture
    The Temple of Literature consists of five courtyards. The first two are quiet gardens while the last three contain halls which you can enter. There are also five ponds in the first three courtyards filled with water lillies. You can see the tablets which honoured exceptional students in the third courtyard. The two-storey building in the 5th courtyard, destroyed in 1946 and reconstructed in 2000, is the most impressive building. Adjoining the Temple courtyards is another garden open space that stretches its length. It is a quiet space in the bustle of Hanoi and it wasn't overly busy when we visited though you'll always have people posing for photos in front of the gates between each of the courtyards. On a practical note there is a wonderfully air-conditioned café onsite that serves delicious smoothies.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Lynette Sadleir
    United States3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Tranquil Haven of Learning and History
    Exploring the temple complex was a peaceful and enlightening experience. The beauty of its ornate gates, traditional-style pavilions, and well-manicured gardens captivated me at every turn. The mix of vibrant reds, greens, and golds created a visually stunning atmosphere.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 October 2023
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Jordana W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Beautiful architecture and grounds to explore! There was also a small contemporary art exhibit on, which was a really fun surprise!
Written 15 April 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It is a big area with ancient gates, temples, Carvings on big stones, pools with green water, statues, etc. My favorite exhibit here is the big Peacock Statue (gold plated) located inside the temple.

There are clean toilet facilities here as well. Took some pictures to commemorate my visit of this very old univerisity.
Written 15 April 2024
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Chris318i
Regensburg, Germany351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The temple of literature is from my point of view one of the most impressive temples in Hanoi. The entrance fee is comparably high, still I think it's definitely worth it. The temple offers a good chance to escape the noise and hectic of Hanoi for a while. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 11 April 2024
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RoverP
Inverness, UK740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An ancient site well maintained with with a small temple dedicated to Confucius being the highlight. It was very busy on the day we were there. All very attractive but would have been more enjoyable if it had been a lot less busy.
Written 7 April 2024
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Wonder A
Singapore457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Apparently, the Vietnamese would visit The Temple of Literature at some point of their life, be they children, teenagers, adults and all. Purpose is to hope that their family members would do well in their studies. This is so in view of the Temple being a shrine to Confucius and his disciples responsible for spreading his teachings. However, tourists could take pictures of the various courtyards, the Khue Van Pavilion and 82 of the steles remain.
Written 5 April 2024
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nogoye
England, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Temple of Literature transported us back in time. The beautiful courtyards, pavilions, and the reverence for education were inspiring. We loved wandering through this tranquil complex and learning about Vietnam's rich academic history.
Written 3 April 2024
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Adventurer746013
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful spot and the history is important to understand the Vietnamese culture and focus on education. I did not realize how much was restoration.
Written 31 March 2024
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Leon
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
An interesting place to learn about the literature history of Vietnam. The ticket price was reasonable compared to all the things we saw in there. There was even a gallery that showed some very impressive paintings. Shouldn't miss this if you are in Hanoi
Written 29 March 2024
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Doug McKeown
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Temple of Literature is a centuries-old complex dedicated to Confucius and Vietnam's scholars. Explore the ornate pavilions, tranquil courtyards, and steles inscribed with the names of scholars. A place of quiet contemplation and reverence for the country's esteemed intellectual heritage.
Written 26 March 2024
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Daniel Clark
Sydney, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The scene is beautiful and solemn. We really like this place. Our guide recounts the highlights here. It's good that we were here
Written 24 March 2024
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