The layout of pagodas were based on various scripts and the layout of the Tran Quoc Pagoda is according to the Cong script shape, where the temple part of the building and the thanksgiving house are parallel to each other; they are connected by a corridor called the incense burning house, where the monks worshipped.
The courtyard of the pagoda is neatly laid out and has several smaller pagodas, large incense burners, rock sculptures and plants. The luxuriant bodhi tree in the premises is from a shoot of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, gifted in 1959 by the then president of India. The pagoda features many valuable Buddhist statues, though one in particular stands out; the red lacquer gold trimmed statue of Sakyamuni Buddha’s ‘parinirvana’ dated to the 17th century considered a masterpiece of traditional Vietnamese sculpture. There is also a 17th century stele of merit. The many shrines surrounding the pagoda are even today being used by Vietnamese Buddhists.
Extensive repairs were affected in 1815 to the pagoda’s triple gate, the main entrance, the main pagoda, the ancestral worship chamber, the guest house, the belfry and the garden tower. The pagoda is currently under restoration. Standing in harmony with its surroundings, it presents a beautiful and serene picture.
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