Tran Quoc Pagoda – Hanoi

Thanh Nien St, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Tran Quoc Pagoda, built on a southern peninsula of West Lake is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi. Since its construction in the sixth century, it was moved several times and given different names.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, built on a southern peninsula of West Lake is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi. Since its construction in the sixth century, it was moved several times and given different names. This pagoda is cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. From Tran Quoc pagoda you could take a leisurely walk to the nearby Quan Thanh temple, West lake and Truc Bach lake.

Tran Quoc pagoda was built in 541 and completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De with the original name is Khai Quoc (Founding Nation). It was first set on the bank of Red river (where the Red river and the West lake met).

In the seventeenth century, because of the crumbling dike, the pagoda was moved to Kim Ngu (Golden Fish) islet as what you see nowadays.

Visiting Tran Quoc pagoda travelers have a chance to enjoy intricate architecture in the harmony of surrounding green trees, emerald lake, forming a beautiful landscape.

The architecture is the result of the current major restoration that took place in 1815. It includes porch, main altar, common room, ancestors room, tomb towers …

The large brick tower is 6 sided and symbolizes the recent stages of the life of Buddha with 11 floors and 66 statues of Buddha. The beautiful island is reflected on green water of West Lake. The best time to visit the Pagoda is in a romantic sunset.

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