The Temple of Literature, a popular tourist attraction in Hanoi, launched an audio guide service for visitors on January 11.
Audio guide for tourists
The system, developed by the site’s Culture and Science Centre, provides visitors with information in audio form on the establishment and development of the Temple of Literature as well as the heritage’s value. The information was thoroughly revised by cultural researchers and experts. The audio guide is available in eight languages: Vietnamese, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Chinese.
To experience the service, visitors put on their headphones, which are connected with handheld devices, select the targeted language, and then explore at their leisure. A new way-finding and sign guideline system designed by French experts were also put into operation on the occasion.
The improvements aim to better serve visitors to the Temple of Literature, thus making the site more attractive to tourists from both home and abroad. The site greeted 1.6 million visitors in 2017, 60% of which were foreigners.
About the temple of Literature
The gate opens onto three pathways which continues through the complex. The centre path was reserved for the monarch and above the center path there is a big bronze bell, The path to the left is for the administrative Mandarins and the path to the right is for military Mandarins. The interior of the site is divided into five courtyards. The first two courtyards are quiet areas with ancient trees and trimmed lawns, where scholars would relax away from the bustle of the outside world.
The bell located above the main gate was used to signify that an important person was coming through and was added to the Văn Miếu in the 19th century. The bell was made out of Bronze and could only be touched by monks. On the bell several patterns can be found including an outline of a phoenix, which represents beauty, and a dragon, which represents power. Both of these symbols are used to represent the Emperor and Queen. A bell can be found in all of the pagodas in Vietnam.
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