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Pray for good luck at Quan Thanh Temple in Hanoi Vietnam

09/04/2019 1.279 Views
The three ancient Chinese characters which are still seen today on the top of the entrance to the Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi mean Tran Vu Quan. Literally, the temple is dedicated to Saint Tran Vu. Temples are places for worshipping saints while pagodas are dedicated to Buddha and faithful disciplines.

Quan Thanh Temple opening hours: 8 AM to 17 PM, open every day.
Quan Thanh Temple entrance fee: 10.000 VNĐ per ticket for an adult.

Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Legend

Saint Tran Vu was a legendary figure which was a combination of a character in Vietnam's legend and a mystic character derived from China's legend. In Vietnam's legend, he was a saint who had earned the merits of assisting Thuc Phan (future King An Duong Vuong) in getting rid of ghost spirit during the construction of Co Loa Citadel. An Duong Vuong Temple in Co Loa Citadel (Dong Anh district) is also named Thuong Temple. Entering inside, there are An Duong Vuong's bronze statue (cast in 1897) and a big arbalest symbolizing the magic arbalest in the old days. In China's legend, Saint Tran Vu was a saint who had made many contributions in safeguarding the northern border.
Quan Thanh temple was first built during the reign of King Ly Thai To (1010-1028)
Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Vietnam with a view looking over the West Lake 


Nowadays, Quan Thanh Temple, together with Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi, are two places of worship in the area of West Lake Hanoi.

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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Architecture

Quan Thanh belongs to one of four temples, which are also in the list of Hanoi best attractions, built in four corners of Hanoi with an aim to protect the area in peace and harmony. The temple was first built in the 11th century. After many times of recreation, it still keeps the original shape and structure. The overall construction of the attraction was following the Chinese style, which was very popular in the feudal period in Vietnam. All component parts contribute to the majesty and solemnity of the temple. For example, there are four big pillars which are all printed with phoenix and tiger shapes. 

Especially, the temple is famous for a wide range of statues which are mostly cast in black bronze. Special attention should be paid to the black bronze statue of Saint Tran Vu. Another object of no less significance is a smaller black bronze statue of Mr. Trum Trong, the chief artisan of the bronze casting team who had made the giant statue of Saint Tran Vu and the great bell on top of the entrance.

Literally, the temple is dedicated to Saint Tran Vu​​​​​​​
The combination of wood carving and black bronze casting at Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Vietnam


​​​​​​​Besides, wood carving at the Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi is also worth admiring. On the wooden items, you may see all the popular items in daily life such as flowers, birds, wineskins,... They are all carefully carved, showing off the talented skills of ancient craftsmen. 

Culture and Festival of Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi

Not only having historical and architectural value, the attraction has also been a famous destination of worship. Thousands of travelers coming here for both sightseeing and praying for peace and happiness. Especially, if you have a chance to join a city tour in Hanoi on the first days of the year, you should not miss the Quan Thanh Temple Festival held on 3rd March in Lunar Calendar every year. You will certainly learn more about the culture and spirit of Hanoi local residents.

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