Scholars and turtles

Last update at 09/14/2011 20:08. By Hanoi Local Guide.

Scholars and turtles
By Hanoi Local Guide


The Temple of Literature, built in 1070, was a temple to Confucius. It was also Viet Nam’s first university and functioned for more than 700 years, from 1076 to 1779, educating the country's nobles, royalty, mandarins and other elite. Those who graduated had their names engrave on the stone stele that sit on large stone turtles in the temple.

The temple consists of a series of 5 landscaped courtyards. The first two are primarily gardens. The third one has a lotus pond and the stellae. The final courtyard holds the shrine to Confucius.

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Location Hanoi
Basin countries Vietnam

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