Thẻ: Tran Quoc Pagoda

During your supposed time in Hanoi, it will be interesting if you have chances to visit the beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda which is the oldest one among others in Hanoi. This place is considered as one of Vietnam popular destinations.

Tran quoc pagoda in the past

Tran Quoc Pagoda In The Past


Tran QuocPagoda is located beside the dazzling West Lake, on Thanh Nien Road. Individually, it is seated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between the 2 most romantic lakes of Hanoi: Truc Bach Lake and West Lake.


The construction of Tran Quoc Pagoda started in 541 and was completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De under its original name of Khai Quoc which means National Founder in Vietnam. It was originally built on the bank of the Red River.

Until the early seventeenth century, under the reign of King Le Kinh Tong, this famous pagoda was moved to the Kim Ngu Islet due to the river bank crumbling and it was renamed Tran Quoc (National Defence).

A cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism

Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered to be a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism partly for it is the oldest pagoda and situated in the center of the capital of Vietnam. Unlike other ordinary pagodas, it was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, the belfry and ten shrines. Inside the pagoda, there are a plenty of valuable statues, such as the red lac statue trimmed with the gold of Sakyamouni Buddha’s Parinirvana and lots of ancient stelae, one of which was made in 1639 by Doctoral Lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh, recording the Pagoda’s history.

inside tran quoc pagoda

Inside Tran Quoc Pagoda

People who have visited this significant pagoda of Hanoi always take interest in its special and intricate style of architecture centuries ago.

A nice tranquil backdrop

The island and Tran Quoc pagoda provide a beautiful backdrop for the West Lake and Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam as well, individually at sunset. Standing at one end of Thanh Nien Road, you can see the towers of the pagoda rising above the lake’s surface. In the pagoda’s garden, there is a Bodhi tree standing, which is attached to a past story. The story tells that in 1959, on Indian Prime Minister RazendiaPrasat’s visit to Vietnam, he offered the Tran Quoc Pagoda a Bodhi tree as a gift. This plant was grafted from the holy Bodhi tree where Sakyamuni sat in meditation position and achieved enlightenment in India 25 centuries ago. Nowadays, the Bodhi tree is easily recognizable from its heart with its shaped leaves, taken from a cutting of its original tree. The tree has still been and luxuriant and it is shading over part of the pagoda’s yard.

tran quoc pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda

These days, Tran Quoc Pagoda which is a religious relic with spectacular surrounding scenery is a favorite stop-over of numerous foreign visitors and pilgrims. You should remember that the pagoda is open daily and visitors who go there must be decently attired and long trousers are required for men. It is commonly restricted to any religious Vietnamese popular destinations. Hope you have a fantastic tour in Vietnam particularly in Tran Quoc Pagoda.

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West Lake – Ho Tay ( Hanoi ) which is Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake has a circumference of 17 kilometers and houses many of the city’s historic places of interest around its perimeters such as Vietnam’s oldest pagoda and one of Vietnamese 4 sacred temples. The West Lake attracts a plenty of locals and tourists seeking respite from Hanoi-the busy city, providing a sanctuary of great natural beauty with numerous quiet spots in the sizeable lush gardens surrounding the lake.

West lake - Ho tay ( Hanoi )

West lake – Ho tay ( Hanoi )

Known locally as Tay Ho Lake, there is a host of stunning architectural gems surrounding this lake in addition to some entertainment venues and a smattering of high-end hotels. The actual creation of West Lake still remains a mystery though one legend claims that it was formed when the Dragon King Lac Long Quan drowned a wicked fox spirit with nine tails in his lair. In addition, an alternative folklore source claims that a large Chinese buffalo mistakenly confused a pagoda temple bell with its mother’s call and ran so fiercely into a small hollow, that is the reason why the lake was made.

Nighttime West lake - Ho tay ( Hanoi )

West lake – Tay Ho at Night

West Lake in Hanoi is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon, there are some boats for hire and lunch on a floating restaurant makes a novel dining option. One of the interesting points of interest at West Lake is Tran Quoc Pagoda which is Vietnam’s oldest temple was built in the sixth century. The Pagoda resides on a small island which was built by King Ly Nam De as a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. Tran Quoc Pagoda is especially stunning when viewed early evening at sunset. The other attraction which located at the West Lake crossroads of Thanh Nien Street and Quan Thanh Street is Quan Thanh Temple. Being one of Vietnam’s ancient four sacred temples which were built in 1010 to 1028 during the reign of King Ly Thai To; the temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, flowers and trees in its structure. Quan Thanh Temple is opened for people to enter with sightseers encouraged to pray for luck, health, and happiness in their life. The lake used to be a part of the Red River when it was a retreat reserved for the relaxation of kings and mandarins. Nowadays, the lake offers so much to enjoy with a unique fusion of nature and a plenty of historic cultural sights in the whole of Vietnam.

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