After departing from the Trấn Quốc Pagoda (鎭國寺), we were taken to the Văn Miếu Hưng Yên (文廟) (or Temple of Literature) which happens to be the most prominent and famous Confucian temple in Hanoi. The temple was once the site of the Quốc Tử Giám (Quoc Tu Giam or Imperial Academy), Vietnam's first national university from 1076 to 1779.
The Van Mieu was built in 1070 and is one of several temples in Vietnam dedicated to Khổng Phu Tử or Khổng Tử (Confucius), sages and scholars. There are altogether five courtyards but when we visited, the fifth courtyard was closed to visitors. We were told that the courtyard was undergoing some restoration. As far as I was concerned, I was a little disappointed as I had wanted to view up close its impressively huge drum which I had noticed from the road.
As usual, souvenir shops were aplenty in the large tourist spots like the Temple of Literature.