Photo: A lovely setting for Hoe Nhai Pagoda, Hanoi.

Hoe Nhai Pagoda

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Hoe Nhai Pagoda was a major Buddhist pagoda under the Ly Dynasty and today offers a serene retreat from the busy city at its gates.

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The dynasty ran from the 11th to 13th centuries, when it was set on a much larger plot of land. It was trimmed to its present more modest size when the French colonised Vietnam. One of the steles found here dates to the early 18th century, and allowed for historians to locate the site of the victory of Thang Long (now Hanoi) over the Mongols in 1258.

The pagoda is noted for a Buddha statue sitting on the back of a kneeling king. Legend has it that after King Le Hy Tong exiled Buddhist monks, one monk explained the tenets of Buddhism to him, and he was converted, thus ordering the statue to show his gratitude.


Hoe Nhai Pagoda
19 Hang Than St, Hanoi
Admission: Free

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