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
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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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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Tippy
    London, United Kingdom27 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, India11,101 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, Japan3,950 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, Australia7 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, Australia412 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, Australia1,489 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 States4 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
  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Place!
    This place is a must while in Hanoi. Anything that is featured on the currency of a nation is usually worth checking out. Really beautiful grounds with trees, plants, pools, temples, and other buildings. We walked here from the Old Quarter, it’s not very far. We spent about an hour, but you could spend more looking at some of the various exhibits. Add this to your Hanoi trip!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • GoPlaces51924752933
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is really a temple to education over the centuries.
    Peaceful place with steele, tablets of stone, commemorating successful students in national exams to select government officials for 500 years. Interesting bonsai trees with miniature figures. Old temples.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • HMKaren
    Los Angeles, California1,348 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice! Worth a visit!
    Beautiful and peaceful! The oldest university in Vietnam, right in the middle of the city and easy to get to. The architecture was great. Lovely pools and plenty of greenery. Give yourself 45 minutes and enjoy. We were there in the middle of the afternoon, so there were a lot of people---it might have been less busy earlier, but it was not over crowded. There are nice shrines and some neat historical stuff to see. Worth a stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
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Casey_H19
Canberra, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The audio guide really helped you focus on all the history captured in this place. If you're wanting something more tranquil, reflective, informative and slow paced would highly recommend.

My partner was very grateful for a quiet afternoon browsing, and I (with the energy and concentration of a 10yo boy) kept myself engaged listening to the audio guide and choosing favourite trees and fish.

Wouldn't recommend for high energy children, unless you have just done another activity.
Written 11 March 2020
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Young woman selling t shirts pulled a 200,000 dong bill from my wallet and returned a 20,000 when I tried to stop her. Basically stole. Another switched the cards I chose and replaced with smaller cheaper cards.
Walk away. Buy nothing from them.
Deceptively good looking but very dishonest.
“Please help me” they say and swarm you till YOU will be the one who needs help.
Written 29 February 2020
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Adnan
Zurich, Switzerland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It is a great showcase of Vietnamese architecture, education system, and a peaceful place to escape the hustle and noise of the city. I really enjoyed seeing the temple and the exhibits inside showing the preparation and materials used by the students. There are also some great statues and other relics on display. It is very well maintained.

I had a guide (did not get the audio guide so I can't comment) who explained some of the details of the temple and tablets, but her knowledge was not complete as she was part of the city scooter tour I was taking. But, what she did explain was very interesting. So, to really appreciate the historical significance, design elements, and meanings of the various elements you need a guide.
Written 1 January 2020
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Craig R
Yarrawonga, Australia2,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
There is a fee to enter, and they offer a headset audio guide, I recommend you get the audio guide. The guide is very informative, and you change tutorial channels according to the numbers on the map. It explains the temple very well as you walk through the area. A very nice well-kept area well worth a look.
Written 7 April 2023
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Alan R
Aiken, SC33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If your staying in the old quarter the temple of literature is worth a visit. You can combine it with a trip to the citadel and military museum and make a morning of it all. But by itself it is not worth a visit. It was very beautiful, but large crowds from locals make it a challenge to really enjoy the beauty.
Written 4 February 2020
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julia b
60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I did enjoy wandering around the grounds, admiring the garden and seeing the architecture of the different gates. As this was used as a centre for learning for centuries, there is so much available information to the history of it and you can get a translation guide to use. In the middle courtyard there is a temple to Confusius, which has a beautifully decorated statue of the philosopher. In the farthest courtyard there are large cast iron urns with great detail, some fine gift shops and a man who specializes in Vietnamese writing and can make personalized pictures.
Written 5 February 2020
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DaniBastidas
Guayaquil, Ecuador102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The literature temple is a place worth visiting in Hanoi city. It transports you back in time and allows you to understand what the city was when the temple was built. The architecture and its gardens are beautiful. It gives you peace to walk through its corridors and you can appreciate manuscripts and clothing of the time.

El templo de la literatura es un lugar que vale la pena visitar en la ciudad de Hanoi. Te trasporta en el tiempo y te permite compreder como era la ciudad cuando se construyó el templo. La arquitectura y sus jardines son hermosos. Te da paz caminar por sus pasillos y puedes apreciar manuscritos y ropa de la época.
Written 13 April 2020
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kingvikramaditya
Dehradun, India584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
It's a historical temple built in the tenth century dedicated to the greatest thinker of Ancient China, Confucius. Most popular among the student fraternity, they come here in droves to offer prayers for faring well in examinations. This temple shows the continuity of Vietnamese history as well as the Confucian hold on the local society.
Written 16 March 2020
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dekalbill
DeKalb, IL560 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The tranquility of the gardens and courtyards welcome you to the Temple of Literature dedicated to education and the teachings of Confucius. The architecture of the temples and bell tower are representative of Vietnamese style and are beautiful. Have your guide explain the significance of the many turtle sculptures. This is an oasis of calm within a busy city.
Written 16 January 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada7,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We arrived here mid afternoon. There was not many people around. Cost 30,000VND a person (about $1.75CAD). We were on a bit of a time crunch so we spent about an hour here.Which really wasn't enough.

It is an Incredible complex with five separate courtyards and somewhat quiet site with stunning grounds. It was built in 1070 during the Ly Thanh Tong Dynasty to honour Confucius. It became a prestigious school for top academics known as Vietnam's Imperial Academy.

The grounds are well maintained and it was very clean. It was nice to enjoying the quiet in a very hectic city. Really worth seeing.
Written 26 May 2020
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