Hue Temple of Literature

If the Temple of Literature in Hanoi is known as the first university in Vietnam and also called Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam in Vietnamese language, Hue Temple of Literature is regarded as a worship temple founded by the Nguyen Dynasty to dedicate to celebrated scholars of Confucianism.

During the old time, various Temples of Literature were built by the Nguyen Lords in the capital and moved to three different places: Trieu Son Village, Luong Quang Village and Long Ho Village. Hue Temple of Literature , also called Van Mieu Hue in Vietnamese language, is a worship temple founded by the Nguyen Dynasty to dedicate to celebrated scholars of Confucianism.

Hue Temple Literature


In 1808, Gia Long and his Imperial Court decided to choose a low hill beyond the Thien Mu Pagoda, on the left bank of the Perfume River, i.e. the current position, to built a new imposing and striking Temple of Literature. The construction of the Temple of Literature was commenced on April 17th, 1808 and finished on November 12th, 1808.

The Temple of Literature faces south. All main constructive works were built on the top of the hill, three meters higher than the surrounding land. In front of it was the Perfume River, in the back was villages, hills and mounts spreading from Truong Son Range. All items of Hue Temple of Literature were erected on a square surface of 160m long on each side enclosed by La Thanh (surrounding wall). There was once a complex of 50 big and small constructions including 32 steles which bore names of doctors and four other steles.

The Temple of Literature was many times renovated and many sub – constructions were built, especially in Minh Mang and Thieu Tri’s time. From Minh Mang’s time onwards, National Examinations were held so that steles bearing the names of successful candidates were erected here. These “Tien si de danh bia” – “Steles bearing doctors’ names” were gradually erected on the yard of the main temple from 1831 to 1919, the year in which the last National Examinations was held in Khai Dinh’s time.

As destroyed by the war and weather, the remains of the Temple of Literature are now the 34 steles of great cultural and historic value. On these steles are names, ages and places of birth of 239 successful candidates in National Examinations organized in the Nguyen Dynasty.

Today, visiting Hue Temple of Literature, tourists joining tours in Vietnam can see the unique symbol of Vietnam’s past educational system. They can understand more about the tradition of knowledge appreciation, scholars administration and study encouragement of our ancestors during the feudal times. travel to vietnam

Traditional villages and Pagodas

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Duration:  1 day

Group size:  4-24 pax

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Regarded as a cradle of Vietnam culture – The Red river delta is best known for its handicraft villages and traditional seasonal festivals. We offer you the unique opportunity to see the real rural life of Vietnamese peasants living in these handicraft villages. This tour is also interesting for those who are interested in Buddies philosophy.


  • Half day trip to visit traditional villages and pagodas
  • Daily departure group tour, free pickup in Old quarters
  • Visit Bat Trang or Van Phuc village

Tour options

Option 1 (Bat Trang)

Option 1 (Van Phuc)




Option 1 (Half day): Bat Trang village

Pick up at hotel and transfer to the riverside village of Bat Trang village, where distinctive ceramics are made and used throughout the delta region for over 500 years. The vitality of this village is still blown up by the hundreds of pottery kilns on fire day and night. We stroll around various cottage industries and watch craftsmen forming, painting and glazing their products in traditional ways. The trip ends after arrival in Hanoi.

Option 2 (6 hours): Van Phuc village

Pick up at hotel and transfer to the silk village of Van Phuc. This is a great place to silk cloth being produced on the loom .There is a showroom where you can buy silk by the meter, much more exciting that buying it in the shops! Continue to visit Tram pagoda & Tram Gian pagodas.

What’s Included

  • Shuttle bus transfer (free pickup in Hanoi Old Quarter area)
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Food & drink not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses.

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