Photo: Tay Ho Temple is one of the most popular and important places of worship in Hanoi.

Tay Ho Temple

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One of the most popular and important places of worship in Hanoi, Tay Ho Temple trumps even Tran Quoc for its enviable lakeside position.

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Phu Tay Ho is on the northern bank of the same-named lake, or West Lake, a few kilometres along the lake road from Xuan Dieu Street. Whereas pagodas are for Buddhists, Phu Ta Ho is dedicated to the Mother Goddesses and the Jade Emperor and is therefore most correctly referred to as a palace, although laypeople would call it a temple.

The buildings have been recently spruced up, as of mid-2017. Photo taken in or around Tay Ho Temple, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

The buildings have been recently spruced up, as of mid-2017. Photo: Samantha Brown

Don't just come straight into the temple. The street leading to the gate is packed with colourful stalls selling snacks like banh tom, prawns cooked on a thick batter base, then freshly re-fried before serving with a dipping sauce. You'll also find sweets, cakes, fruit, plus paraphernalia associated with making offerings at the temple, like fake money and incense. You will also see elderly men writing prayers for visitors to burn to send to the gods (or ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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