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The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu), known as Văn Miếu - Quốc Tử Giám in Vietnamese) is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. This Confucian temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám), Vietnam's first national university. The temple was originally built in 1070.

When we were there late last year, we arrived on a Sunday, without realising that it was the day when hundreds of students were celebrating their graduation. It was crowded, but lots of fun. Everywhere we looked there were students posing in their gowns and mortar boards for photographs; one of the favourites being the large group photograph where the students indulge in synchronised mortar-board-throwing-in-the-air. These three were representative of the rest: happy, responsive to photographers (official as well as interlopers like me) and all dressed for the occasion. They are holding their Diploma Certificates proudly, though one is upside down! Oddly, I was told that these events take place the year before the students actually graduate. If so, it seems like the triumph of optimism over reality!

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