One way to look at Hanoi spiritual culture is visiting sacred places for the Buddhists. During your trip in Hanoi, here are top 5 sacred places you can take a visit.
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Bach Ma Temple
Bach Ma Temple is said to be the ancient temple in the city. While strolling around Hanoi Old Quarter it is always worth a quick peak at this temple. Bach Ma Temple was originally built by Emperor Ly Thai To in the 11th century to respect a white horse that guided him to this site, where he chose to construct his city walls.
Voi Phuc Temple
Voi Phuc Temple was built during the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong (1054 – 1072), dedicated to Royal Highness Linh Lang – Linh Lang God. Therefore, it is also known as Linh Lang Temple.
Nowadays, besides two elephants kneel in front of the temple, there are objects in the temple such as two bronze statues; a sacred stone with indentations; parallel sentences that praise the merits of the Thang Long Citadel’s Western Guardian God Every year, to commemorate the contribution of Linh Lang God, Voi Phuc Temple Festival is held on the 9th to the 11th, September of the year in lunar. This is a great procession festival with flags, fans, gongs, drums, parasols, bat am, musical band and senh tien group dancing.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi is one of the oldest pagodas in the city, originally constructed in the 6th century during the domination of Emperor Lý Nam Đế (from 544 until 548).
At the Tran Quoc Pagoda, there are many unique lotus flower statues. These symbolize purity of the mind, body, and speech. The lotus flower also symbolizes enlightenment and achievement. The stone wall at the side of the pagoda has multiple carvings of lotus flowers engraved in the stone. The carvings express the beauty of nature in Vietnam. With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction. The sunset views from the temple grounds are renowned.
Ly Quoc Su Pagoda
Located on Ly Quoc Su Street, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda was first built up in 1131 in order to honor Nguyen Minh Khong, a famous Buddhist monk under the Ly Dynasty. Nguyen Minh Khong was the only one who managed to cure King Ly Than Tong of a serious disease, thus he was then given the title Ly Quoc Su or the Great Monk under Ly Dynasty. Throughout his life, Ly Quoc Su significantly contributed to the development of not only the Buddhism in the country but also medicine and bronze casting. When he died, the King built this Pagoda in recognition of his devotion to the people. Visiting Ly Quoc Su Pagoda, tourists not only have the chance to admire the architecture as well as numerous historic statues inside the pagoda but also have the opportunity to try vegetarian dishes made by the monks here.
Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple, or another name Temple of the Jade Mountain, is one of the most famous and symbolic places in Hanoi, Ngoc Son Temple lies on a small island on Hoan Kiem Lake.
The temple dedicated to the Confucian philosopher and national leader, Tran Hung Dao, Ngoc Son Temple is one of the most-visited temples by both the local and foreign tourists. Going through the beautiful scarlet bridge named The Huc Bridge, visitors enter the Ngoc Son Temple peacefully surrounded by the water and huge, hundreds-year-old trees. During special occasions such as Tet Holiday, the local often visit the temple to wish for a fortune, especially for progress in work, business and study. Going to see Ngoc Son Temple in Hanoi Tour, you can also visit nearby historical spots such as Thap But (the Pen Tower), a five-story tower representing the love of learning of the Vietnamese, as well as the Martyr’s Monument erected in remembrance of those who died fighting for independence in Vietnam.
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