Hanoi’s Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) has undergone a stunning transformation using lighting and 3D mapping technology. This new innovation has given the temple a captivating and enchanting appearance, which is the main attraction of the upcoming “Essence of Confucianism” night tour.
The night tour at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam has been organized in collaboration with various travel agencies. The tour offers a unique experience filled with light, sound, and a sense of pride. The trial run of the tour took place on the evening of October 22 and was conducted by the Center for Cultural and Scientific Activities of Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam.
According to Le Xuan Kieu, the director of the center, the project aims to officially welcome visitors at the end of October. The goal is to promote the temple’s unique religious value, attract more tourists to visit the monument at night, and enrich Hanoi’s tourism offerings.
Furthermore, the night tour also serves as a tribute to education and learning. The organizers hope to hold more nighttime activities at the temple in the future.
Kieu added, “The tour will provide visitors with a fresh perspective that cannot be experienced during the daytime. It utilizes modern 3D mapping technology to display vibrant imagery, telling stories about Confucianism and Vietnam’s history and sages.”
In addition to the captivating night tour, the Khue Van Cac (Literature Constellation Pavilion) area will host traditional music performances. The Vuon bia Tien si (Garden of Doctoral Stelae) will also showcase a 3D mapping presentation on “The Essence of Confucianism,” providing tourists with an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of this philosophy.
The Temple of Literature’s night tour will be the fourth of its kind in Hanoi, following the successful night tours of Hoa Lo Prison Relics, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and Vietnam Literature Museum.
During the trial launch, Phung Quang Thang, vice chairman of the Vietnam Travel Association, praised this innovative form of expression. He expressed his belief that the new technologies incorporated into the night tour will attract visitors. He also urged for better guidance for tourists to help them fully comprehend the stories being told. Thang considers Hanoi to be a trailblazer in developing night tours, aiming to diversify visitors’ experiences in the capital city at night.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism recently approved a project to develop various models of night tour products. The objective is to provide extraordinary experiences to visitors and create a unique appeal for Hanoi’s tourism industry.
Another captivating night tour will soon be offered in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. The Hanoi Department of Tourism, in collaboration with the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee, is set to launch a night tour called “Hanoi Night – Touching Emotions” on October 28 and 29. This initiative aims to contribute to the development of the night economy. Nguyen Hong Minh, the deputy director of the department, revealed that the event will feature an introduction to Hang Trong painting, traditional music performances, and promotions of artistic products made from rattan, bamboo, and weaving from handicraft villages. The highlight of the event will be the opening of the “Hanoi Night – Touching Emotions” light art experience space, which promises traditional music art programs, product showcases, a tea party art space, and light shows synchronized with music.
According to Minh, the launch of a light art experience space in Hanoi’s Old Quarter will help diversify the night tour offerings, attract tourists to visit Hanoi, and enhance the capital city’s appeal.
In recent times, Hanoi’s tourism industry has collaborated with major tourist sites to introduce numerous new offerings. Night tours have received significant attention, with several iconic sites hosting these enchanting experiences.
Beginning January 4, tourists can indulge in a 120-minute night tour of Hanoi’s Thang Long Imperial Citadel. This unique journey promises captivating cultural, culinary, and architectural experiences. Organized by the Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center, the tour commences every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm or according to the pre-booked schedule. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel is recognized as one of the ten special national heritage sites and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
Since May 2022, Hanoi’s Hoa Lo Prison Relics has witnessed increased tourist visits, especially among young people interested in experiencing the night tour. This tour takes visitors back in time, offering glimpses into the prison’s history and highlighting the resilience and fighting spirit of Vietnamese revolutionary fighters. It is available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
These captivating night tours demonstrate Hanoi’s commitment to offering diverse and unforgettable experiences, making the city a must-visit destination for tourists and enhancing its reputation in the tourism industry.