Nestled in the south of Thang Long in Hanoi, this temple was originated in 1070 as a Confucian temple devoted to the memory of Confucius. Later in 1076, it was resurrected as the first University of Vietnam of which its striking presence today reveals the old Hanoians’ passion for knowledge and enthusiasm in studies. Initially, this university conducted Vietnam’s mandarin lessons and later during its 700 years of history, more than 2000 doctors graduated from this university.
Apart from its historical and cultural background, the place has an immense architectural value which mingles with a serene elegance of a temple. Although it has gone through many stages of restoration work, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam still maintains its original beauty whilst magnetically drawing hordes of tourists to the place. To venerate the much-loved Chinese philosopher Confucius, this temple is built similar to his birthplace at Qufu in Shangdong. The Van Mieu architectural style which is evident from every nook and corner of this temple goes back to the 11th century and according to the tourists and the devotees to the place, this temple inspires the classical creativity within you even in the present day. Once you enter this space of tranquillity, massive ancient trees and lush green gardens envelop the whole temple premises while carrying you into a realm of spiritual splendour.
The temple houses five courtyards and many pathways and particularly the centre pathway was exclusively kept for the King. Designed amidst the shade of the ancient trees and surrounded by well-trimmed lush green lawns and gardens, the first and the second courtyards are true havens of beauty and peace. During ancient time the scholars used to enjoy the peace and solace of this place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the middle of the third courtyard, you will find the Thien Quang Tinh which houses the 82 stone slabs; the true fortunes of the temple in its two great halls standing on either side. The fourth courtyard which is bordered by porches which once housed alters of great students of Confucius is used for administrative purposes at present. You can take a look at the five statues of Confucius and his four closest followers erected at the far end of the fourth courtyard. It is in the fifth courtyard that you will find the Quoc Tu Giam, or the renowned first university of Vietnam.
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