"(Continued) .. A place to learn, admire and relax." Temple of Literature Tip by bcatton

Temple of Literature, Hanoi: 67 reviews and 173 photos

  Row of stone stelae.
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  • Row of stone stelae. - Hanoi
      Row of stone stelae.
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  • Temple's ceremonial hall in the fourth courtyard. - Hanoi
      Temple's ceremonial hall in the fourth courtyard.
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  • Pavilion which used to contain alters. - Hanoi
      Pavilion which used to contain alters.
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  • Fourth courtyard with art exhibition. - Hanoi
      Fourth courtyard with art exhibition.
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  • View from the two-storey pavilion, fifth courtyard - Hanoi
      View from the two-storey pavilion, fifth courtyard
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Apparently up to thirty stelae have either gone missing or eroded over the years.
Upon entering the fourth courtyard you come upon the main temple buildings. There are two pavilions, one on each side which used to contain alters dedicated to the 72 disciples of Confucius. I think they now hold offices and souvenir shops. The temple's ceremonial hall is quite a low bulding with two dragons bracketing a full moon on the roof. In here the king and his mandarins would make sacrifices before the alter of Confucius. This is quite an interesting building to look at, especially the roof with the stone dragons on top.
In the fifth and final courtyard is housed the National Academy. This is regarded as Vietnam's first university, founded in 1076. Here there is a two-storey pavilion (in 1947 French bombs destroyed the academy buildings) inside of which is a museum and an alter which is on the second floor. This is dedicated to three monarchs; King Ly Thanh Tong, founder of Van Mieu; Ly Nhan Tong, who added the university and Le Thanh Tong, who instigated the stelae. I found this to be quite an interesting, though small museum.
I would, without doubt, recommend that if you are in Hanoi to visit here. As mentioned; a place to learn, admire and relax.

Address: Quoc Tu Giam Street

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 3, 2007
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