Temple of Literature- The first university of Vietnam

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The Temple of Literature, situated to the south of Thang Long citadel of Hanoi, is a main historical tourist attraction in Hanoi.This, Vietnam’s first National University, was established within the Confucian temple some 700 years ago to educate Vietnam’s mandarin class. Tourists now flock to the site for taking a look into its profound traditional meanings of both a Confucian temple and the first university of Vietnam. Somerset Grand Hanoi is one of many comfortable options of Hanoi accommodation is near these attractions tourists can stay to visit this place.

This ancient Confucian sanctuary is now considered one of Hanoi’s finest historical and cultural sites. It consists of five courtyards; first two courtyards consist of ancient trees and well-trimmed lawns.The third courtyard is the constellation of literature, a large pavilion built in 1802. Central to this courtyard is the Well of Heavenly Clarity, on either side stand two great halls which house the treasures of the temple. These are 82 stone stelessit upon stone tortoises and are inscribed with the names and birth places of 1306 men who were awarded doctorates. The fourth courtyard is bordered by great pavilions which now contain offices, a gift shop and a small museum which contains ink wells, pens, books and personal artifacts belonging to some of the students that have studied here through the years. At the far end of the courtyard is the altar with statues of Confucius and his four closest disciples. The fifth courtyard contained Vietnam’s first university founded in 1076 which was destroyed by the French in 1947.

A space of peace, green trees and solemnity covers the whole temple of historical and traditional love for study, making tourists feel like they were lost in a land of Confucian and traditional values. The Temple of Literature is acknowledged as an ancient historical-cultural heritage which gives tourists deeper understanding about Hanoi’s culture and traditions, a must for any tourist visiting Hanoi.

 

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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