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Admire the beautiful lotus tower at Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi

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Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest of all pagodas in Hanoi. Located beside the dazzling West Lake in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda is a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism.
Tran Quoc Pagoda location: Thanh Nien Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi City.
Tran Quoc Pagoda opening hours: 8 AM to 6 PM every day
Tran Quoc Pagoda entrance fee: Free


Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Introduction

The pagoda is also called a green jewel at the heart of West Lake Hanoi. Thousands of travelers come here every year and they are all attracted by the unique architecture as well as the captivating scenery surrounding.
Tran Quoc pagoda from above
The overview of Tran Quoc Pagoda Vietnam from above

It is said that the Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi was built under the reign of King Ly Nam De (544-548) under its original name of Khai Quoc (National Founder). It was originally built on the bank of the Red River (then West Lake and the Red River met). In the time of King Le Kinh Tong (1600-1618), the pagoda was removed to the Kim Ngu (Golden Fish) Islet due to the river bank crumbling and was renamed Tran Quoc (National Defence). Unlike other ordinary pagodas, the Tran Quoc Pagoda is more impressive with a garden of towers. ­Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, ten shrines and the belfry.
Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi has a high value of history and architecture
Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi has a high value of history and architecture

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In the pagoda, there are many valuable statues such as the red lac­statue trimmed with the gold of Sakyamuni Buddha's Parinirvana and many ancient steles, with the oldest one made in 1639 by Doctoral Lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh recording the pagoda's history.

In 1998, a lotus tower was built and until 2003, it finished and perfected the tower garden in the Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi campus. The tower is 15 meter in height and has 11 grades, each of which has a white Buddha statue made in gemstones. In 1959, on his visit to Vietnam, Indian Prime Minister Razendia Prasat offered the Pagoda a bodhi tree as a gift. Then the tree was put parallel with the tower. The plant was grafted from the holy bodhi tree where Sakyamuni sat in zen (meditation) position 25 centuries ago. Now the bodhi tree is green and luxuriant, shading part of the pagoda's yard. As a religious relic among spectac­scenery, Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi is a favorite stop-over of many foreign visitors and pilgrims.
The religious beauty of Tran Quoc pagoda at night
The religious beauty of Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi at night 

The attraction was recognized as the National Cultural and Historical Heritage in 1962. It is usually chosen to hold great events related to Buddha and attract thousands of travelers to visit every year.


Other destinations nearby Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi

From the pagoda, you can easily access to other Hanoi city attractions. For example, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is only one kilometer far from the place. Then you can take a visit to The Temple of Literature located at the center of the city. A tour around Hanoi Old Quarter is another suggestion...To get the most use of the chance to visit Hanoi, you should consult the itinerary given by the local tourism agencies.

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