Temple of Literature

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54 B Quốc Tử Giám, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Victoria_Hua Victoria…
1 reviews
The first university of Vietnam Mar 13, 2011
The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in honour of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

Quoc Tu Giam, or Vietnam's first university, was built in 1076. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university.

In 1483 Quoc Tu Giam was changed into Thai Hoc Vien (Higher Educational Institute). After decades of war and natural disasters, the former construction was completely destroyed. In preparation for the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long (present day Hanoi) another construction has been built following the model of the previous Thai Hoc Vien on the same ground. The work includes the front hall, the back sanctuary, lean-tos on the left and on the right, the courtyard, and subsidiary structures.

This site preserves historical vestiges of a 1,000-year-old civilization such as statues of Confucius and his disciples (Yan Hui, Zengshen, Zisi, Mencius), and ancient constructions such as Khue Van Cac (Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature) and the Worshipping Hall.
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soraan soraan
5 reviews
Lovely temple Feb 12, 2011
Quite and simple museum in Hanoi with lots of collections.
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Confucius heaven Mar 05, 2010
Founded in the eleventh century as a Confucian temple and serving as the country's first university, this remarkable site is an interesting insight into the country's history.

Located in the historic centre of Hanoi, the buildings are wonderfully preserved and the detail and colour of the figures is amazing. I particularly liked the altars dedicated to the kings from the eleventh century. People still worship them almost by offering them incense and fruit, and it was very lovely to see.

The courtyards are wonderful to walk through and the ponds are stocked with a generous amount of fish.

Apart from the architectural and aesthetic beauty, it's a lovely feeling to think that so many students were educated here from the eleventh century onwards. Some information about Confucius and his key tenets can be helpfully read around the site too.

A nice visit in Hanoi, and I recommend it highly.

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