Founded in 1070 for the worship of sages of Confucianism, it constitutes a rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is well worth a visit. The first Vietnamese university was established here in 1076 to educate the sons of mandarins. In 1482, King Le Thanh Tong ordered the erection of statues with inscriptions of the name, places of birth and achievements of the graduates who had taken examinations since 1442. The statues are in a form of tortoises which surely give visitors many impressions. Presently, 82 statues stand at the Temple of Literature.

  • Millennium-old Confucian structure
  • Bubble of calm
  • At the heart of Hanoi