Photo: The distinctive tower of Hanoi's oldest pagoda.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

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Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi, offers beautiful architecture, historic artifacts and a peaceful and serene environment.

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Built in the sixth century during the reign of King Ly Nam De, the pagoda was first named Khai Quoc, which means “founding the country”. Since then it has undergone a move, refurbishment and numerous name changes, but it remains a serene place to visit.

The rather dramatic entrance to Tran Quoc Pagoda. Photo taken in or around Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

The rather dramatic entrance to Tran Quoc Pagoda. Photo: Samantha Brown

It was first constructed on the other side of the dyke road, by the river, but was moved in the 17th century to its current location on West Lake. Clearly the builders recognised what a prime piece of real estate Duong Thanh Nien was and that the lakeside location would add to the beauty to the pagoda.

The Buddhist pagoda is accessed via a short causeway lined with palm trees. The causeway leading to the temple gives a sense of drama as you approach, suggesting something of value lies ahead. The large entrance gate is one of the most recent additions, built in 1815, and through that to the left is a tall tower visible from the street. Entrance is free to the temple, but donations are ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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