Amongst the most popular attractions in Hanoi, the Tran Quoc Pagoda is not to be missed on your visit and here’s more on this revered temple.
Where is It?
This site is on a small islet near the shores of West Lake in Hanoi; serviced apartments in the city including those at Somerset West Lake Hanoi are within easy reach of this attraction. It’s open from 07:30am to 6:00pm and as this is a sacred site, one should dress conservatively covering bare shoulders and legs.
An Ancient Temple
Hanoi’s oldest Buddhist temple, the Tran Quoc Pagoda dates to the period of Emperor Ly Nam De in the sixth century. It was originally located on the banks of the Red River before being moved to its current location in the 17th century. The temple has also gone through changes over the years and is a venue for festival celebrations too.
When You Enter
On entering the main gate, you will soon come across three houses; the Front House (Tien Duong) can be found near the bell tower and on either side of it are the Stele House (Nha Bia) featuring steles dating to the 19th century and the Ancestor House (Nha To) that honours monks from previous generations.
Amongst the most striking features is the main pagoda that consists of eleven levels and towers to a height of 15 metres. Other attractions include a museum with various historical artefacts and a sacred Bodhi tree that is believed to have originated from a branch of the Bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.