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Tran Quoc Pagoda

Originally located on Red River’s banks and moved to an islet within West Lake due to river’s encroachment, Tran Quoc Pagoda is also a famous tourism attraction besides being a must-visit spot of Buddhists. 

The pagoda provides visitors with religious, historical, and archtecture values. In fact, it is a it is one of the most attracted tourism spot in Hanoi. 

Tran Quoc Pagoda has been a popular tourism attraction not only thanks to its great history but also the true peaceful atmostphere come along. Being awarded as one of the most beautiful pagoda in the world by Thrillist, Tran Quoc looks like a painting that harmonized perfectly between majesty and and poetic sense. The whole system of ancient buildings is surrounded and covered with the green of nature.

Tran Quoc Pagoda from above

Tran Quoc Pagoda

The whole ancient land is a complex of many layering houses, with 3 main houses connected in a Nom letter. According to Thrillist, Tran Quoc has the architecture that looks like a blooming lotus – the iconic Buddha’s seat. There is one main pagoda standing 15 meter high, which consists 11 levels. Each level has 6 white Buddha statues. The main tower is surrounded by several buildings, which includes a museum and an incense burning house. You may find Buddha’s wooden and golden painted statue and many artistic Buddism statues inside the pagoda. Besides, there are some other historically, culturally and religiously valueable ancient evidence displayed.

The pagoda is considered to have the longest historical age in Thang Long (Ha Noi former name) with up to 1,500 years. Tran Quoc was the Center of Buddhism of Thang Long ancient city, back in the Ly – Tran dynasty; and undergone many changes such as renaming from An Quoc (means “peacefule country”) to Tran Quoc (means “protecting the country”) in the 17th century. Loving the lush greenery of the area, many Kings and royal families used to hold festivals, full moons and Tet festival royal celebration at Tran Quoc Pagoda. Wandering around the area, you may find a giant storax tree which was directly given from India’s President when he visited Tran Quoc Pagoda on March, 24th, 1959. The pagoda was recognized as National Historical Monument in 1962. In present days, Tran Quoc Pagoda is still chosen to host many important religious events, with the participance of million prayers and tourists.

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The pagoda is packed with devotees and locals during annual festivals like Tet, full moons, or Buddha’s birthday. Travellers can either choose the occasion or avoid the special days for your desired trip. It takes about 15 – 20 minutes by car from Hanoi center to Tran Quoc Pagoda (about 4km). Unfortunately, it takes 2 bus routes to get there. Travllers are suggested to take a taxi or Uber for convenience. However, there are some local guides who can provide with interesting facts about the pagoda and Hanoi or its culture. The nice place does not ask tourists for any fee, however, you can always show respect to the worship place by dressing conservatively.

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