Temple of Literature
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Member Reviews (27)
- Temple of LiteratureMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 18, 2013
The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) is a nice introduction and captures the historic side of Hanoi. The Chinese-style temple has been around for hundreds of years and was a gathering place for scholars to study religious texts.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Temple of LiteratureDec 19, 2012
It is the most amazing pagoda in Hanoi... I went there twice and second time I spent half a day there just sitting, relaxing & watching around... I love the students in their traditional outfits walking around the pagoda... It is a kind of a place you look for peace...
- Temple of LiteratureJul 17, 2012
Next to the Museum of Ethnology, this was my favorite spot in Hanoi. The temple is lovely and very peaceful and serene in the middle of such a busy city. The best part - and the part that our kids (aged 7-10) enjoyed the most was the performance of traditional Vietnamese music. The musicians use fantastic instruments I had never seen before and played beautifully. It's definitely worth stopping to listen to and watch.
- Temple of LiteratureJul 04, 2012
Entry is through the two-tiered Van Mieu Gate on Quoc Tu Giam. The temple‘s ground plan, modelled on that of Confucius‘s birthplace in Qufu, China, consists of a succession of five walled courtyards. The first two are havens of trim lawns and noble trees separated by a simple pavilion; entry to the third is via the imposing Khue Van Cac, a double-roofed gateway built in 1805, its wooden upper storey ornamented with four radiating suns. Central to the third courtyard is the Well of Heavenly Clarity – a rectangular pond – to either side of which stand the temple‘s most valuable relics, 82 stone stelae mounted on tortoises. Each stele records the results of a state examination held at the National Academy between 1442 and 1779, though the practice only started in 1484, and gives brief biographical details of successful candidates.