Temple of Literature in Hanoi Vietnam (adress and guide)

In Vietnam, there is a place that if you're traveling in Hanoi, you can not miss it, it's Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam.

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Temple of literature - the first national university in Hanoi Vietnam. Photo: zing.vn

Its English name is Temple of Literature, but Hanoians we usually call it with familiar names is: Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam.

I do not know where to start to introducing about it for you, I think you may read more via wikipedia and you will understand more about our Hanoi Temple of Literature.

Here, I just want to write about what I think it may not have at other websites. I want to write about it with my interpretation.

What is Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam?

Yes, Hanoi is a small and mystery capital city that located next to the Red River in northern Vietnam. Hanoi as well as Vietnam has undergone several feudal dynasties, with many beautiful buildings have been constructed.

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Khue Van Cac Gate: Temple of Literature Hanoi Photos

But the time, history and wars... have blurred many things. Many buildings have been collapsed and dismantled. You may see this if you visiting Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in the center of Hanoi, a place is located near the Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.

But really lucky, the history still retains for our Hanoi a heritage, a unique architectural ensemble, a beautiful sacred place, which is Hanoi Temple of Literature (Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam).

If you go all over Hanoi, you will not be able to find anywhere which has still retained a large architectural construction, but also still the integrity of the architecture and materials as here.

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Temple of Literature in Hanoi Vietnam

Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam twofold: Literature is a place to worship Confucius. And Quoc Tu Giam, it is a ancient name, used to call the name of a university, which hosts major competitions in feudal times in Vietnam.

It was the first university in Vietnam.

Maybe for you, it is not a monumental work as the great works in Japan, China ... but for Hanoi Vietnam, it is a heritage and a gift of time.

Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is one of the Best places to visit in Hanoi

Where is Hanoi Vietnam Temple of Literature?

Temple of Literature is located in the South of  Thang Long Imperial Citadel - which is the residence of the kings. Nowaday, Temple of Literature is locate between the streets including: Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Ton Duc Thang street, Van Mieu street and Quoc Tu Giam street.

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The stone turtle in Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam. Photo: Le Hieu

If the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is located at the top of a high hill,  Temple of Literature located at the foot of this hill.

Temple of Literature is located about 1km from US ambassy in Hanoi.

Address and main gateway of Temple of Literature: 58 Van Mieu street, Dong Da district, Hanoi. Here is the map and address of Hanoi Temple of Literature:

Temple of Literature opening hours and entrance fee

Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is opened everyday

Opening hours:

+ From November to March: 8 AM - 5 PM (This is the opening hours in winter)

+ Other months: 7:30 AM - 6 PM (This is the opening hours in summer, when a day in Hanoi is longer than in winter).

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Temple of Literature Hanoi address: 58 Van Mieu street

Ticket prices to visit Temple of Literature: to be applied equally to domestic tourists and foreign tourists:

Adults: 20.000 Vietnam dong (approximately 1 USD)
Kids: 10.000 VND (Vietnam dong).

You may visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam with the shorts, T- shirt and shirt pull but I think you should read this article: What to wear in Hanoi - Hanoi weather