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Temple of Literature & National University

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Address: Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Very interesting, an oasis of calm.

Great place to visit to see the original place of learning, some ancient scrolls, temples, etc. In a quiet courtyard area away from the buzzing traffic.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Church Stretton, United Kingdom
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Neston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked there from Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and the contrast between the busy streets of Hanoi and this oasis was immense. It was just great to wander around and look. Signs were also in English (& French at least some of the time) so we learnt alot.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A peaceful place which replicates earlier buildings on the site. Watch the graduating classes of students take photos to mark the end of their studies and relax in the well tended garden

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Church Stretton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to visit to see the original place of learning, some ancient scrolls, temples, etc. In a quiet courtyard area away from the buzzing traffic.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ok, it was very busy because of Tet, but a fascinating insight into the world of kings and mandarins as well as some stunning architecture. Definitely worth a visit if only for the sheer beauty of it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing to think that what we take for granted was achieved by so few who took so long to be though f as worthy.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited with a guide, so we were fortunate that information was provided whilst we walked around the temple. Plenty to see and the whole place was so peaceful despite the bustling city outside!

Thank Tony M
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Colleges/ Universities are metaphorically called the temples of learning. But in Hanoi, the Temple of Literature is a former University that was set up in reverence to Confucius and other important teachers of yore. Would highly recommend that you buy yourself a pamphlet for 8,000 VND at the Ticket Window. What's impressive? (1) Large courtyards, (2) Lake/ Tank in the... More 

Thank ssvikas
Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our tour guide tried to market this place as a sacred and special temple - however we werent really feeling that way after it took us over an hour to walk around it due to the 100,000 tourists inside. The red carpet and plastic print outs of scholars hung up looks tacky. Would have been nice to simply see it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a weekend so it was really busy. The amount of people there made it less enjoyable for me. Hard to look at things. We had a tour guide so that was helpful for information. Go on a week day.

Thank Karen J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A very pleasant place to stop in a busy city. Beautifully laid out with lovely gardens, lots of open spaces, pools of tranquil water. The university was originally built for the education of the Kings children and was based on Confucius teachings. Now it just the gardens and structures but lovely to visits for an hour or so.

Thank jane_beach

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