Hanoi, Vietnam ~ 1072
Located at the heart of the city Hanoi in Vietnam, Van Mieu has become a tourist attraction in the present world. Van Mieu can be translated as "The Temple of Literature", a very proper name for it since it was turned into an educational area that served as a pathway to battle against illiteracy. Van Mieu was built in 1070 during the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius and his 72 disciples. Six years later, Ly Thang Tong turned it into the first university of Vietnam named "Quoc Tu Giam" and soon developed as a university for the next 800 years (Van Mieu).
After a period of 20 years between 1407 until 1427 of the Chinese rule on Vietnam, Le Loi became the next Vietnamese leader. When Le Loi rose into power, he contributed many significant additions to the university. He even built "new libraries and lecture halls" to give better conveniences for the teachers and students (Van Mieu).
In one of the rooms in Van Mieu, there stood a statue of Van An, who was the influential pioneer of educational rights in for the Vietnamese. The statue stood among other important historical figures. The other rooms serve as places of artifacts, other ancient writings, records of the old ways of thinking, and information regarding the Ly Dynasty (Nara, Narsulah).