Temple Of Literature

A symbol of national beauty, the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam offers visitors a chance to experience the historic and cultural aspects of the country. Built in 1070, the Temple of Literature was originally Vietnam’s first university, Quoc Tu Giam, dedicated to Confucius, scholars, and sages. There are numerous features throughout the site such as the Well of Heavenly Clarity, and a lake of literature. The temple buildings date back to the Ly and Tran dynasties. The first students of the university enrolled in 1076 and spent between three and seven years. In the beginning, the university only accepted aristocrats and elite family members until they eventually opened their doors to commoners in 1442.