Smile! You’re at the best site ever

First built in 1076, this University only opened its doors to the sons of mandarins. The magnificent marble and stone effaces are in red symbolizing power and wealth.IMG_2029

Photo: The elaborate entrance into University for Mandarins- Quoc Tu Giam.  

In the 15th Century sees the introduction of the practice of carving names of new graduates onto stones slabs.


Photo: Carving names of new graduates from 1694 until 1736




Photo: proud graduate in University for Mandarins

Today, proud graduates still go to the university to have their photographs taken and for some to have their names included on the book of scholars.


Photo: proud graduate in University for Mandarins.

Note to Self

Hanoi is one big city. Of about 6.5 million people, so please accept my rendition as a glimpse of a tiny proportion of it.

Hopefully you will find it as a useful Tour Guide nonetheless.

In the next few blogs,  I will share my experience The Old Quarter and its 36 Streets; The Museum of Ethnology; Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and  Tai Chi.

I hope as a guest to this beautiful city I will do justice, to its past and its people who warmly welcomed us with stories and cups of  fresh green tea by  the roadside.



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