In Vietnam, a Temple of Confucius is called Van Mieu (Temple of Literature). Along the Perfume River, on the outskirts of Hue, lies one such Confucian temple — the Temple of Literature in Huong Tra district, Thua Thien-Hue province.
This particular Temple of Literature hardly gets any visitors, even though it’s a very short distance away from the popular Thien Mu Pagoda, which is still part of Hue. This is understandable, as Hue is jam-packed with attractions. We ourselves spent three full days there, but still it wasn’t enough.
While not as grand as its famous counterpart in Hanoi, which is a common stop in most city tours, we’re glad we went because we had the place all to ourselves, which is rare in this Hue tourist trail. It didn’t even have a guard, so we got to park our motorbike right inside. No parking fees, and certainly no jostling with fellow travelers to get the perfect tourist shot.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to the Temple of Literature is by vehicle, as most group boat tours along the Perfume River don’t stop there. One can easily rent a motorbike anywhere for a few bucks a day. From the Citadel, head west on Kim Long. It is just around 700 m past Thien Mu Pagoda. If you’re going on a private tour by vehicle, Thien Mu Pagoda is most likely on the itinerary; just tell your guide to drive a little further up the road.