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Temple of Literature and National University

The Temple of Literature, an iconic Hanoi attraction of stunning architecture and design, is built in honour of the brightest scholars of Vietnam.

This 900-year old landmark is a sight that will surely win your attention — this ancient structure still bears the fascinating and impressive details of traditional Vietnamese architecture. All over the temple, you will find stelae with encrypted names on it — in 1442, Emperor Ly Than Thong ordered to erect these bearing the names, birthplace, and achievements of notable scholars. Dedicated to Confucius, the Vietnamese view this place as a receptacle of wisdom — locals believe that anyone who prays in the temple will receive added knowledge and wisdom.



The landmark can be found in: 54 Tôn Đức Thắng, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens daily from 8:00 to 18:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance is VND 10,000 (USD 0.5) per person.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Hanoi via AirAsia, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
  • From Hanoi, board a mototaxi to Temple of Literature.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Families with kids
  • Groups of friends


Time to Spend

The average duration spent in this attraction is 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

To avoid the large crowds, especially from university students, visit between 8:00 to 10:00.



For dining options, you can visit Koto Restaurant, Le Hanoi Gourmet, Ngon Villa Restaurant, and Cafe Trang.


Nearby Attractions

  • Temple of Literature
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
  • Lenin Park
  • Old Quarter



For accommodations, you can choose from Hanoi hotels like Angel Palace Hotel, Hanoi Rocks Hostel, Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel, and Hanoi Buddy Inn and Hanoi Old Quarter. Rates range from USD 25 to USD 100.

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