Viet Nam is prominent as a country being eager to learning, opening to a new culture and developing from new things into unique cultural values. If you want to learn more about one – of – a – kind culture, why don’t you travel to Ha Noi and visit The temple of Literature – one of the most ancient universities in Asia.
A guide to the Temple of Literature
How to get the Temple of Literature?
The temple of Literature is located at 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da Province, Ha Noi city. Because of situating in the city center, it is easy to search The temple of Literature. However, there are lots of one – way streets the surrounding area, so be careful when you are riding. Or else, buses are good choices because they are safe, economical and eco-friendly. There is nothing perfect than watching this capital through buses. As far as I concerned, you can catch buses, going to the temple of Literature, at the 02, 23 and 41 Stations. If you get lost, don’t hesitate to ask local people, they are always willing to give you the best directions.
The ticket price is 80.000 VND and if your child was shorter than 1m30, it would be 50.000 VND. If your budget was generous, let’s spend money on audio guides and you wouldn’t regret because they will help you gain the amount of interesting knowledge. I highly recommend you I Love Hanoi Tour – a group of university students, who are Hanoi locals and they know the best about this place.
The best time to visit
The temple of Literature opens every day at 8 am and closes at 5 pm. People love visiting in spring because, at this time, they pray for a thriving life, enjoy Chinese Calligraphy and receive it from Calligraphers. They believe that Calligraphy will help them to be more successful in their careers or improve their exam results. Besides, parents can teach their children about History, famous kings and encourage them to study hard. Visiting in spring, visitors can experience cultural activities such as playing traditional games, watching the exhibition of handicraft villages, shopping in the fair and enjoying traditional music shows. If you aren’t into the crowd, let’s visit The temple of Literature in three other seasons to enjoy this tranquil garden.
A brief history of the Temple of Literature
The temple of Literature was built in 1070, under the Ly dynasty and was completed under later dynasties. This place has been famous for worshipping Confucius, his outstanding students, and some Vietnamese Kings. This place has been considered as first Vietnam’s university.
Inside the Temple of Literature in Hanoi
As soon as coming to The Temple of Literature, you will see the Van Lake – a large lake where writers commented on literature and get inspiration to composed new works. There are four pillars carved meticulously Nghe – mythological animals with lion – heads and dog – bodies. You also recognize phoenixes– sacred birds that have been a symbol of the universe.
Moving deeply, you can see Khue Van Pavilion – one of Ha Noi’s icons thanks to its special architecture. Inside the Pavilion, there is a great bell which is rung on important days. Walking around this area, you also watch topiaries cut into 12 Zodiac animals.
It’s time to visit the proudest area – the Stelae of Doctors House where Kings built, put stelae and carved names, countries of the most talented students to honor them and encourage other students to study. The more interesting is, these stelae are carried by turtles – one of four Vietnam sacred animals. Therefore, many people call these turtle “Sir” and students who are going to take tests will come here and pray for good results.
The final area is worship places where travelers can show their admiration to famous scholars. Besides Chinese philosophers’ statues, you can see statues of Kings that play important roles in Vietnam’s education development. This place usually holds scientific conferences as well as workshops, cultural events, and traditional music shows.
Visiting here, tourists shouldn’t shout as well as frolic. You also remember to respect this temple, no littering, walking on grass and touching exhibits. The most important thing is, you must not touch turtles’ heads.
If you have a chance of traveling Vietnam’s capital, don’t miss The temple of Literature – where you can relax, broaden your experience and give the best wishes to yourself.