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Temple of Literature & National University

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Address: Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Name/address in local language
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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USD 70.00*
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Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour
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USD 55.00*
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Half-Day Hanoi City Tour by Cyclo
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Cycling in Hanoi

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Interesting, confuanism, temples, music

Beautiful photo ops. Again, we should have been more prepared on history and background of the place. I like more than just the basic tour guide and it's hard to get more in a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful photo ops. Again, we should have been more prepared on history and background of the place. I like more than just the basic tour guide and it's hard to get more in a large group. Lots of tours and people, even groups of school kids on the weekend. Live Vietnamese music in one of the buildings, using traditional instruments.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Years ago this was were people come to learn to becoming a Mandarin. It is a great placed to visit and learn how Confucianism pathed the way for knowledge. People still come here after graduating to take their graduation pics!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple is a very old university and place for Confucius teaching. As most attractions in Hanoï you need a good tour guide or book to fully understand the significance of the place. Be aware that there is only one entrance on the south side. The traffic noise conflicts with the serenity of the sanctuary. Interesting small exhibit at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited this beautiful garden while on a city tour of Hanoi. It seems like a popular venue for events and shows and has been the site of the Vietnam Film Festival for the past two years. The area itself is a rather large expanse within the city housing a beautiful gardens and interesting and ornate decorations of cultural and religious... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting buildings of ancient architectural styles and laid out in the style of a Confucian temple. Besides the various buildings, there are the turtle stelaes with names of the scholars. Shops inside sell touristy items.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We came at a particularly busy time so that was a bit of a downfall but otherwise this is a nice place to visit for a touch of local culture. Without a tour guide it can be a little hard to understand what everything means though. Worth finding a tour that includes this as an activity as it will give... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was an eye opener, we always refer to Confucius and refer to his quotes, this time were educated on his leanings at the Temple of Literature.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is one of my favorite place in Hanoi. I love the architecture here. It's a quiet and peaceful place, a good getaway from hustle and bustle life except October to the end of December. At that time, students from all universities in Hanoi come here to take photos. As the first national university in Vietnam, it's considered as the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Temple of Literature is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi. History of this temple is impressive. The temple hosts the Imperial Academy, Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The temple is located... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When entering the Temple of Literature you are immediately aware of the calmness and beauty of your surroundings - you can not think that you are in the center of the city. The gardens are calming and inviting. Walking through each gate you get drawn more into the calmness and beauty of your surroundings as well as the culture and... More 

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