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Temple of Literature

  • Sight: Temple of Literature
  • Type: Religious
  • Location:Hanoi - Vietnam
  • Address: Quốc Tử Giám, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Việt Nam
  • Telephone: +84 4 4 3845 2917
  • Opening hours: 8am-5pm

Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu). Inside you’ll find a pond known as the ‘Well of Heavenly Clarity’, a low-slung pagoda and statues of Confucius and his disciples. A rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture, the complex honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university, established here in 1076, when entrance was only granted to those of noble birth.

After 1442 a more egalitarian approach was adopted and gifted students from all over the nation headed to Hanoi to study the principles of Confucianism, literature and poetry. In 1484 Emperor Ly Thanh Tong ordered that stelae be erected to record the names, places of birth and achievements of exceptional scholars: 82 of 116 stelae remain standing. Paths lead from the imposing tiered gateway on P Quoc Tu Giam through formal gardens to the Khue Van pavilion, constructed in 1802.


Tips And Reviews

77 Tips and reviews
- Jan, 09, 2016 -


The wall around this area extends for a full block and includes ancient buildings and temples, along with various water features. It takes one back in time and is worthwhile outing.

- Jan, 14, 2015 -

Bang G

Spacious park with a well-manicured lawn. The huge temple is at the far end.There are several souvenir stores around the temple.Buy a postcard and a stamp, drop in the mailbox and send it to yourself.

- Jan, 25, 2018 -

Ashley D

Beautifully manicured gardens enclosed in this temple of literature, considered the first university in Hanoi. Historic and plenty of information to read, mainly reconstructed but still authentic

- Jul, 08, 2019 -

HaJime J

The first university of Vietnam!! So nice that they have an audio earphones for rent in many languages, you can walking around and enjoy listening to its story.

- Jul, 10, 2019 -

Cenker K

Historical university dedicated to Conficius & his students and wise persons. Names of all graduated students written on the turtle statues (UNESCO World Heritage) standing on the edges of the garden.

- Mar, 29, 2015 -


Ein wunderbarer Ort im Zentrum von Ha Noi. Wenn Schulklassen da sind, ist man als großer, breiter, blonder Europäer mit blauen Augen Rockstar und wird viel um Fotos gebeten.

- Jun, 05, 2019 -

Adam S

Worth the couple bucks for the audio tour to learn about all the symbolism in the architecture and the history of the temple/university

- Sep, 13, 2011 -

Kien T

The temple was first constructed in 1070 and in English, it means the Temple of Literature which is one of the famous places in Hanoi and considered by many Vietnamese as the first university.

- Sep, 21, 2015 -

Daria I

One of my fav attractions in Hanoi. Very beautiful place with few temples and garden.

- Dec, 20, 2014 -

Barry S

Very popular among tourists and locals. Many students come here for their graduation photo taken. Beautiful building with very strong Chinese influence.

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