Ancient literature temples honor Vietnamese literature

Five Vietnam’s ancient literature temples have been recognized as the country’s favorite spots, announced the General Director of Vietnam Guinness Book Center (Vietbooks).

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam- the Temple of Literature in Hanoi  (Photo: Sggp)

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam- the Temple of Literature that is also known as the first university of Vietnam was founded in 1070. Temple of literature has been not only a symbol of Vietnamese culture and intellectuals but also a Confucianism cultural icon of Hanoi and the country for nearly 1,000 years. Its campus houses a garden of 82 stone steles honoring 1,304 doctors who were honored in 82 ancient time examinations during 15th to 18th centuries (1442  -1779) under the reign of Le Kings. The Temple of Literature was recognized as the UNESCO’s World Documentary Heritage in 2010.

The remaining records are Xich Dang Literature Temple in Hung Yen Province, Mao Dien Literature Temple in Hai Duong Province, Van Thanh Temple in Thua Thien-Hue Province, and Tran Bien Literature Temple in Dong Nai Province’s Bien Hoa City.

By Tuong Vy – Translated by Kim Khanh

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