The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu)
Another must see picturesque #tourist location in #Hanoi is The #Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) which is a short walk from the Ba Dinh Square and is in close proximity to the Presidential #Palace and #Vietnam Fine #Arts #Museum. The #temple is between Ton Duc Thang Street and Van Mieu #Street which is about 2km west of Hoan Kiem #Lake. .
The temple was built in 1070 and was known as the Imperial Academy dedicated to Confucius, and his followers. It is a well preserved traditional-style Vietnamese architectural landmark. The Temple of Literature is a place of study as well as a religious landmark. There are five courtyards at the temple, two brimming with landscaped gardens, the third is home to a large pond known as the Well of Heavenly Clarity, the fourth courtyard is called the Sage Courtyard and features a statue of Confucius and a house of ceremonies, and the last courtyard is Thai Hoc in which stands a large drum and bell tower.
Originally the university only accepted aristocrats, the elite and royal family members as students before eventually opening its doors to brighter ‘commoners’. Successful graduates had their names engraved on a stone stele which can be found on top of the stone turtles.
The ambience of this historic location transported us to 11th Century Vietnam. It is a common site to see students ranging from pre-school and to university studying, invoking the blessing of Confucius before exams and celebrating graduations in this temple.
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 - 11:30 & 13:30 - 16:30 Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da
Entrance ticket: VND 10,000