Temple of Literature (Hanoi, Vietnam) Reviews
Newest Review: ... Two inscribed stones on either side of the entrance command the visitor to dismount: even emperors entered on foot, to symbolise the primacy of learning over worldly authority. To enjoy your visit, do not expect a historic building; instead, enter into the spirit of the place and follow the symbolic journey; everything here is representative of your spiritual path towards wisdom. Once through the entrance gate, the path runs straight between two pools to symbolise the Confucian Middle Way. The gates into the next courtyard are those of virtue and talent; the carved stone carp represent the difficult journey upstream to reach your goal... more
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by - written on 31/12/09 (Very useful, 42 readings)
The Vietnamese are not city builders, and one should not look for the great architectural monuments that would be found in a Western capital city. Furthermore, the Temple of Literature was (accidentally) damaged by the French in 1947, and what the visitor sees in a modern reconstruction. It is, however, perhaps the single attraction in Hanoi that best shows the character of Vietnam and its people, who have preserved this monument to scholarship for almost a thousand years. The Royal College here was founded more than 950 years ago, which makes it earlier than the oldest European university. Two inscribed stones on either side of the entrance command the visitor to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 19/11/09 (Very useful, 125 readings)
The temple of Literature, Hanoi. One of the oldest temples in Vietnam is the temple of Literature which was in fact a Confucian temple built in 1070 and was Vietnam's first university. It was built to teach and educate the Úlite of society. It was used as a university from 1076 up to 1779. The examinations here were very difficult indeed so there are not many people who obtained degrees. If they had done they would have had their names engraved on stone pillars called Steles which contains the engraved name of 1306 names of those students fortunate enough to pass their doctorates. The crown princes would be educated here. You ... Read the complete review
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