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
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Kanchan58
    Bengaluru, India1,946 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 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, Japan3,897 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, Australia410 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, Australia1,491 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, Colorado959 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
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Mariah K
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We spent maybe 45 minutes strolling through the temple. The architecture is nice, and it's worth your time to check out if you're already in Hanoi. I wore long pants and made sure my shoulders were covered before going, but I saw other tourists in tank tops and shorts who had no problem entering.
Written 24 May 2024
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Betsy S
Atlanta, GA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I was there during exam and graduation time, so there were big groups of students with their certificates having photos taken and giving thanks for the academic success. I rented the audio guide and was glad I did.
Written 23 May 2024
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Mcshlle
Manila, Philippines299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It is a good place to go around. I think it feels more like a park to me than a place of literary meanings. I did enjoy going around but not able to take too much photos due to many people when I visited. Probably best to visit early than later in afternoon to better enjoy the sceneries.
Written 23 May 2024
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Marc B
Brisbane, Australia92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The grounds are pretty so it's worth a quick walk through but don't bother with the audio guide. I got bored and stopped using it after about 10 minutes. If you are short on time, I wouldn't say it is a must see.
Written 16 May 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Temple of Literature is a very interesting place to visit. There is a lot of history and culture on display. A lot about religious beliefs and education. The architecture of the buildings is wonderful and the interior of the temples is also a must see. The gardens are extensive and well looked after.
Written 16 May 2024
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Patrick and Las... M
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A serene place to admire the sculptures, courtyards, and architecture. We used a Grab to get there fm the Old Quarter, which was a winner. Beautiful tribute to scholarship.
The cafe is nice and cool, where we got drinks and some wi-fi (our carrier just couldn't come through for data and we needed to pay our Grab driver). The gift shop is very nice. Pair with the Fine Arts Museum & cafe w/in it across the street and you have a fine day.
Written 12 May 2024
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Freedom15297305350
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Amazing history..a step back in time to the vietnamese renaissance.
Architecture. Gardens. Culture. Literature. Art.
Written 12 May 2024
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Wakelam F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were surprisingly into the Temple of Literature. Turns out, history's more interesting when there are pretty courtyards involved. Those fascinating exhibits about ancient exams made us glad we didn't have to take them. Pro tip: visit after a strong Vietnamese coffee to combat any history-induced drowsiness!
Written 8 May 2024
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Julian S
Cherry Hill, NJ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We loved exploring the Temple of Literature, a beautiful example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. It felt like stepping back in time and offered insight into the importance of education in Vietnamese culture.
Written 23 April 2024
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F M
Melbourne, Australia181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Beautifully kept grounds and some incredible history all articulated in these grounds. The signs in this place were great and really explained the context and history. I could have spent hours soaking it all up.
Written 22 April 2024
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