I wrote this card to one of our readers today. The image on the postcard shows Văn Miếu, known to Westerners as The Temple of Literature. The Temple of Literature is a Confucian temple, housing Vietnam’s first national university.
Built nearly 1000 years ago in 1070, the temple served as the Imperial Academy until 1779, educating the nation’s elite. Students would enrol for 3 or 7 years. The students were tested rigorously and for their final exam, the monarch himself would pose the questions that decided if a candidate would graduate. The Imperial Academy was the largest educational centre in the country. We visited it a couple of months ago.