U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink on Tuesday visited Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature – Imperial Academy), a feudal-era education premise, as a gesture of respect toward Vietnam’s annual celebration of teachers.
Considered the first higher education institution in Vietnam, Quoc Tu Giam is an emblematic historical site situated in Hanoi, while Van Mieu upholds the spiritual significance of representing Vietnam’s profound respect for education.
Kritenbrink’s visit to the temple was meant as an act of respect for the upcoming celebration, scheduled for November 20.
|U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink speaks to the press at Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam in Hanoi. Photo: Hai Pham / Tuoi Tre|
During his visit, the U.S. envoy visited Khue Van Cac (Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature), Khai Thanh Temple, Thuong Dien (High Palace), and the Doctor’s stone tablets – a place which features those who successfully passed the royal exams.
He also offered incense sticks at the altar of Chu Van An – a prominent cultural figure in Vietnam’s feudal era – and answered questions from the press.
The visit was guided by historian Pham Quang Minh.
|U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink shows his respect before an altar in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam in Hanoi. Photo: Hai Pham / Tuoi Tre|
In remarks to press representatives, Kritenbrink mentioned Vietnam’s passion for learning as part of the local culture.
He discussed Chu Van An – one of Vietnam’s four World Cultural Celebrities as recognized by UNESCO.
During this year’s Teachers' Day celebration, an exhibition of Chu Van An’s life and work will be held inside the Temple of Literature to commemorate the 650th anniversary of the Vietnamese icon.