Students seek luck before exam at Temple of Literature

Students often visit Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, or Temple of Literature, in the days running up to their annual exams to pray for luck.

Many students are flocking to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, before their high school graduation exams which are scheduled to take place from June 22 to 24. 

The temple, the main Confucian school in feudal times, was built in 1070 in the time of Emperor Ly Nhan Tong. It includes various pavilions, halls, statues and steles and is still venerated as place of respect. Modern students still indulge in this tradition.

A lot of students were accompanied by their parents to burn incense to wish for luck and success.  

The Altar of Confucius attracted the most students

Meanwhile, many tried to touch the flamingo statue when they are banned from touching the doctoral steles which sit on the backs of stone turtles. 

Students think that praying for good luck will help in addition to revising


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