Photo: A serene retreat.

Ba Da Pagoda

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Chua Ba Da is an historic pagoda tucked away down an alley just near St Joseph’s Cathedral.

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It’s a touch difficult to find (we had to ask a security guard across the road to point it out), but look for the archway with "Chua Ba Da" written across the top on Nha Tho, the street leading down to St Jospeph’s Cathedral. Wander down the alley and it opens into a wide, leafy courtyard, at the back of which lies a traditional-style temple building, still actively used by worshippers.

Legend has it that a pagoda was first built on the site during the 11th century when Emperor Ly Thanh Tong ruled. Later on, during construction work on the Thang Long Citadel during the 15th century, a stone statue of a woman was unearthed. The statue was brought here, and the temple was renamed Ba Da (stone lady). The statue has since disappeared, but the pagoda is still worth a peek for its lovely (and conveniently located) setting.


Ba Da Pagoda
Nha Tho St, Hanoi
Admission: Free

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