Visiting three Vietnamese Temples a little outside of Hanoi.
There are three temples worth visiting which are a little way out in the Vietnamese countryside but close enough from Hanoi on a daytrip. Combining a visit to all of them makes for an interesting perhaps 4 or 5 hour scenic tour. These temples do not seem to be visited on organised tours therefore hiring a
car and driver is necessary. Hotels and/or travel agents will arrange this but it's not too cheap of course - not too bad though if there are three or four of you sharing the cost.
You do get an opportunity to see some of the countryside and village life including things like brick kilns, rice noodles being dried beside the road and of course all manner of old weird vehicles. On top of that when considering how busy Hanoi is - some peace and quiet too.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger photo, use the back button to return to this page ]
Looking round Tay Phuong Pagoda - Pagoda of the West in Vietnam. This busy Buddhist Temple is located 38kms west of Hanoi and there is a small entrance fee. You have to climb up 237 well worn
steps to reach the temple - all the way up there are stalls selling this and that. This small temple perched on the hillside was originally built in the 8th
century and contains a collection of over 70 finely carved statues made of jack fruit wood. The statues represent the re-incarnation of Buddha, Confucious and
Buddhist Saints which are all depicted in meditation poses. There are also fine carvings of flowers and of mythical animals. The large bell was cast in 1796 and
the temple - with it's elegant sweeping eves and double tiered roof - is beautifully decorated. On the far side of the temple steps lead way down to more temple buildings and courtyards.
Thay Pagoda - also known as Masters Pagoda or Pagoda of Heavenly Blessing - Vietnam.This Vietnamese Buddhist Pagoda is located arond 32kms west of central Hanoi. Fronted by a lake and with a gorgeous backdrop of limestone crags, the temple is therefore situated in a beautiful setting. Thay Pagoda was founded
during the reign of King Ly Nham Tong (1072-1127) and is dedicated to Tu Dao Hanh who was a 12th century monk and a water puppeteer. The temple contains over
100 statues including two of the largest in Vietnam - these 17th century giants are made of clay and paper mache and weigh more than 1000kgs each. Two
covered bridges in front of the pagoda were built in 1602 and are dedicated to the Sun and Moon.
Visiting Tram Gian Pagoda - which is also known as Tien Lu Pagoda in Vietnam.
This large and peaceful pagoda is situated on a hillside amongst large pine trees and is located around 25kms from Hanoi. There are a lot of steps to climb to get up to the Pagoda -
passing several shrines on the way.
The original Pagoda was built during the reign of King Ly Cao Tong [1173-1210] who was the 7th king of the Ly Dynasty, The buildings are quite enclosed with low roofed buildings around a courtyard and inside
the various buildings everything is almost pitch black.
Our items about Hanoi - including day trips which can be easily done from the city.
- Hanoi Vietnam Travel and Touring Guide and Photos
- Hanoi hotels and restaurants in The Old Quarter i.e. where to stay, Hoan Kiem Lake, Den Ngoc Son Temple, markets, photos.
- Hanoi Vietnam Sightseeing Guide and Photos
- Visting Bach Ma Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Presidential Palace, Long Bien Bridge
- Going for a Cruise at Halong Bay in Vietnam
- Ha Long Bay cruise - daytrip from Hanoi and visiting Halong Bay, Bay of Tonkin, down into Hang Thien Cung caves, pictures.
- Visiting The Perfume Pagoda in Vietnam
- Going to visit The Perfume Pagoda which is on the Fragrant Vestige Mountain, a sampan ride on The Suoi Yen River in Vietnam.
- Day trip to visit Tam Coc in Vietnam
- Going to Tam Coc - taking a sampan ride through the caves and between the hills, also visiting Hoa Lu Temples in Vietnam.
- Vietnam and Mekong Delta Touring Guide
- Our Vietnam Home Page - this contains all of our topics about touring in Vietnam and The Mekong Delta.
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