Attraction Quan Su Temple Quan Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 26-04-2017
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Why Quan Su Temple is special ?
The name “Quan Su” comes from an ancient word of “embassy” associated with the history of the pagoda. During the Le Dynasty in the 15th century, Chiem Thanh (Champa) and Ai Lao (Laos) usually sent ambassadors to offer tributes to Dai Viet (official name of Vietnam in the Le Dynasty). Emperor Le The Tong ordered construction of a building called “Quan Su” (embassy) to welcome these ambassadors. However, because they were all Buddhists, so they suggested a temple for worship while staying in Dai Viet. As a result, Quan Su pagoda was built near the southern gate of Thang Long Capital and dedicated to Buddha.
At the end of the Le Dynasty, while many pagodas around the country were burned down, Quan Su pagoda was fortunately saved and since then has gone through a lot of renovations like a miracle. It was not until 1822 that the temple was open to the public, famous nationwide for its sacred and hallowed belief in many Vietnamese people.
What to explore at Quan Su Temple?
Quan Su is always full of worshipers and visitors. Many people arrive here have the same feeling that the atmosphere inside the pagoda is really tranquil and restful. The wall color is in white; together with brown color of ancient statues create a peaceful landscape inside the temple. Especially in Quan Su Temple, you can see some human-like wax statues. They are the emulations of passed-away monks in the past. The most prominent one is the wax statue of monk Thich Thanh Tu (former Vice Chairman of Vietnam Buddhism Association) has the dimension as well as other details the same of monk Thich Thanh Tu when he is alive. Many Buddhists claim that the wax statue is so lively that they feel like monk Thich Thanh Tu is praying and giving his gentle eyes on the Buddhists.
How to get to Quan Su Temple?
Motorbike drivers ("Xe Om" in Vietnamese) can be found on virtually every corner, especially in the Old Quarter. Expect to be offered a ride every half-block (or more). You should absolutely negotiate a fare in advance. As a general rule, a reasonable fare should cost around 10,000 dong per kilometre of travel for a motorbike (possibly varying 10,000 dong in either direction), so know the distance you are travelling or understand that you have no real basis for negotiating a fair rate. Walk away towards the next street filled with motorbike drivers if you don't like their offer, as this is an incredibly reliable bargaining technique. There are far more drivers than tourists, and they know it - your fare could be the only one they get all day.
Negotiate first or avoid using the cyclos services, they can demand 200,000 dong (USD10) for a short ride of less than 100m (330 ft). At the end of the journey, a few men will come over to translate, and they will pretend to help and later insist that you pay the demanded amount. (VND100.000 for 1 hour is good price, included tip - you have to agree this beforehand.)
Motorcycles can be rented for around USD5-6 a day, and can be arranged by most hotels. A typical bike will be given with 1 litre of fuel, so top up at the nearest petrol kiosk. Queue up with the other bikes, unscrew your fuel cap and hand over your money (USD1 per litre) to the attendant who will top up your bike for you.
Scam free, cheap but a bit difficult to comprehend at first, the buses in Hanoi are relatively fast and surprisingly comfortable. Pick up a map with printed bus lines at the Trang Tien street (the book street by the Opera house) and spend a few minutes to identify the more than 60 bus lines, find your bus stop, wait for the bus, get on and off you go. On the bus you pay the 7,000 dong to the conductor who will come to you. If you are unfamiliar with the city, make sure to tell the mostly helpful conductor where you want to get off. Stops are often unannounced and do not have signs with their names on them, although there are now some newer buses with LED displays and lilting voices announcing the next stop. It's best to ask the driver or conductor when to get off.
- Quiet & peaceful
- Very nice place in Ha Noi
- A quick stop
- History and modernity
- Headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation
Quan Su Temple Quan Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Standing in front of the temple on holidays, you will see many ash flying like snow.
“headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation.” Vietnam has many pagodas and temples and Quan Su is one of the most important temples in the country. Constructed in the 15th century along with a small house for visiting Buddhist ambassadors, in 1934 it became the headquarters of the Tonkin Buddhist Association, and today it is headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation. Since 1942, the pagoda has been restored and expanded many times with a larger and better architectural structure. It's an active pagoda and usually thronged with worshippers; the interior is dim and smoky with incense. Visited January 2015 ”