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Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature or Văn Miếu Mon is a temple dedicated to Confucius built by Emperor Lý Thánh Tông (1054-1072) at 1070 in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the Imperial Academy campus or Quốc Tử Giám as the first university in Vietnam. The temple is located south of Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long where various pavilions, halls, statues to hold ceremonies, study sessions and rigorous exams.

The temple was built by Lý dynasty (1009-1225) during the Empire Đại Việt, reconstructed by Trần dynasty (1225-1400) and the subsequent dynasties. The temple maintains an architectural style, though it changed dynasties, wars and disasters. Imperial Academy was founded in the temple in 1076 where the Lý Nhân Tông Government educated bureaucrats, nobles, and other elite members.

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The university operated until 1779. In 1802, the Nguyễn dynasty established the capital Huế and established a new imperial academy in the city. Imperial Academy lost its lead and became a school in the Hoài District. During the period 1945-1954, France destroyed some parts of the temple to be a hospital.

The Temple of Literature layout is similar to a temple in Qufu, Shandong, the birthplace of Confucius. The temple has an area of more than 54,000 sq meters, including the Văn lake, the Giám park and the interior courtyard surrounded by brick walls. In front of the Great Gate there are four tall pillars and on either side of the pillar are two stelae that command the horsemen to descend.

The complex has three lanes where the middle lane is reserved for the king and above the middle lane there is a large bronze bell, the road to the left is for administrative and the road to the right for the military. The first two pages are a quiet area with neat trees and lawns where scientists will relax away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

The bell above the main gate to indicate that the important person came. The bell is made of bronze and can only be touched by a monk. In 1484, Emperor Lê Thánh Tông founded 116 steles of stone carved with intricate motives in honor of talent and encouraging research. Stelae describes the name and birthplace of 1307 graduates from 82 three-year exams.

The curriculum at Imperial Academy began in 1076 under the Lý dynasty and was further developed in the 15th century under the Le dynasty. The academy is led by a rector (Tế tửu) and a vice-chancellor (Tư nghiệp). The professors have different titles are Giáo thụ, Trực giảng, Trợ giáo and Bác sĩ.

Most students (Giám sinh) have passed the regional exam (Thi Hương) before enrolling in the academy. Students focus on literary, philosophical, and Chinese history discussions from textbooks printed on paper in China and Vietnam. Students study for 3 to 7 years.

They undergo minor tests every month and four major tests per year. Success in the exam will be certified by the Ministry of Ritual and qualify to take the national exam (Thi Hội). The success in the Hội Test qualifies the students to take the royal examination (Thi Đình) held in court where the king asks questions and then gives ratings.

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Location: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Noi Bai International Airport at Hanoi City.

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