Temple of Literature & National University, Hanoi

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Devoted to the Chinese ancient teacher and philosopher Confucius, Temple of Literature & National University houses the first university of Vietnam founded in the 11th century. Constructed under Ly Thanh Tong dynasty in the typical Vietnamese traditional architectural style--from wood and tiles--the temple features five historic courtyards. See the statues representing the ancient teacher and his honored disciples, the 82 stelas commemorating notable scholars, and a small collection of student and mandarin traditional uniforms. Walk the lanes planted with century-old trees and look for a tortoise head--you can see students rubbing it for good luck before taking exams. Plan to visit Temple of Literature & National University and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hanoi attractions using our Hanoi road trip planner.
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  • The temple is really very beautiful and should be seen with the help of a support. I was lucky enough to visit it with a local person but there are audio guides at bargain prices in many languages. Council, take them because every point is rich in history and it must be understood as well as seen.
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  • pleasant parenthesis in a city that moves a lot; this 1st "university" is interesting as its founding principles seem (or should) still be relevant It is very hot on the other hand, so water and a range
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