Whether you are an avid reader or not you will find much to appreciate in the Temple of Literature in Hanoi which is considered one of the most picturesque attractions in Hanoi.
Once a University
It was first built as a university that was dedicated to the Confucian style of study in 1070. The buildings are well preserved and tourists visiting today will still be able to see what the university looked like in its heyday.
A Place of Study
The university was originally for the children of elites and aristocrats and thrived as a place of learning during the Ly and Tran dynasties. It later began to allow commoners to study as well. Despite being called a temple, it is more an educational institute than a religious place of worship.
Everything down to the temple layout shows the influence of Confucius. The architecture is based on Confucian’s birthplace and there is a statue of the great philosopher in the Sage Courtyard.
If you are staying in a Hanoi serviced apartment the likes of Somerset Grand Hanoi, the temple would be a very quick visit. It is open from 8.30 am to 11.30 am and 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It is located at 58, Quoc Tu Giam in the Dong Da province of Hanoi.