Back in 1070, Emperor Ly Thanh Tong built this historical site in the city of Hanoi in honour of Confucious, the famous Chinese philosopher. Six year later, the structure became Vietnam’s first ever university. It is one of the oldest attractions that can be found in Hanoi. The Temple of Literature houses five courtyards, with walls that serve as dividers. The Khue Van pavilion leads to the third yard, where there is a large pond.
Around it, carved tortoises carry slabs on their shells. The names of the university’s graduates from the year 1484 until 1780 are engraved on the stone slabs. Aside from its historical value, the temple’s courtyards and pavilions allow for leisurely picnics or a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.