Automatic guide system launched at Van Mieu–Quoc Tu Giam (21:15 18/01/2018)

HNP - The Centre for Scientific and Cultural Activities of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature – National University) has just organized a launching ceremony to put into operation an automatic multi-language guide system to serve domestic and foreign tourists.

At the launching ceremony.

Accordingly, the system provides service in eight languages, including: Vietnamese, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese.

Developed by the site’s Culture and Science Centre, the system contains stories about Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, helping visitors learn about the establishment and development of the relic site as well as its historical and cultural values.

To experience the service, visitors put on their headphones, which are connected with handheld devices, select the targeted language, and then explore at their leisure.

On the occasion, the center also put into service a ticket office and a new signage system.

Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is a famous historical and cultural relic consisting of Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) and Viet Nam’s first university Quoc Tu Giam (National University). It is not only the historical relic but also symbol of Viet Nam’s intellectual culture.



The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 under King Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty. In 1076, Viet Nam's first university, Quoc Tu Giam, was established within the temple as a school for the princes and sons from royal families. In 1253, it was opened for excellent students from all over the country. The university functioned for more than 700 years, from 1076 to 1779.  

Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam covers an area of over 54,000 square meters, including Van Lake, Giam Park and five interior courtyards; each of the courtyards has a decorative gate as an entrance.   

The Temple of Literature is famous for the collection of 82 stone steles. They are stone steles that contain the names and related information of doctoral laureates who passed the imperial examinations during the reign of the Le and Mac dynasties (from 1442 to 1779). Each stele was placed on top of giant stone turtle, since turtle is considered a symbol of longevity and everlastingness in Vietnamese culture. They were created as a way to encourage students to pursue knowledge and to continue learning.

The collection of doctors' steles is a valuable historical resource for the study of culture, education and sculpture in Viet Nam. Currently preserved in good condition, they became an inscription of the UNESCO's Memory of the World Program on March 9, 2010.

By Le Anh

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