You, Me & Friends “History & Culture” ***Temple of Literature***

Vietnam & The Lost City of Angkor
Another stop on our Hanoi sightseeing tour was the Temple of Literature. Built in 1070 during the Ly dynasty, this historic site served as Vietnam’s first university and remains an enduring symbol of scholarly pursuit and Confucian ideals.

Originally built only for royalty, it was soon opened as a place for the smartest of the smart to learn. Anyone who could afford a tutor could study in their village and then take the tests that would allow them entry to this most prestigious place of learning. The best graduates would become either “Mandarins” (teachers), or advisors, or heads of state.

Stepping through the grand entrance gate, we were greeted by a tranquil courtyard adorned with ancient stone tables, towering trees, and well-manicured gardens. The peaceful atmosphere offered a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.

The Temple of Literature is renowned for its well-preserved Confucian architecture, with traditional pavilions, halls, and courtyards that reflect the grandeur of Vietnam’s imperial past. As we wandered through the complex, we discovered ornate statues, intricate carvings, and elegant calligraphy that pays homage to the nations literary and intellectual heritage.

One of the highlights of the Temple of Literature is the iconic Well of Heavenly Clarity, where scholars once gathered to compose poetry and engage in scholarly discourse. Today, visitors can marvel at the well’s architectural splendour and soak in the tranquil ambiance of this historic site.

Whether you’re a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat in the heart of Hanoi, the Temple of Literature offers a captivating glimpse into Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage and a timeless oasis where the spirit of learning and enlightenment continues to thrive.

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Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!