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Why Quan Thanh Temple is special ?
Quan Thanh temple is renowned for the woodcarving. Many wooden structures in the temple were carved skilfully with different shapes and patterns such as four sacred animals, fish, fir trees, bamboo trees, flower baskets, swords and daily activities on the heaven and the earth.
Religious visitors often come to Quan Thanh temple at the Lunar New Year and on the first and fifteen day of the lunar month. The purpose is to worship and pray for health, luck and happiness. Visitors also can enjoy the spacious and charming landscapes here, relax and find out the ancient and romantic beauty of Hanoi in the past and now.
What to explore at Quan Thanh Temple?
From the temple’s gate, you will see a majestic 3-door entrance which was built on large stones with a bell tower on its top. The tiger standing in front of the temple is considered to be the guard of the temple. Passing through the gate is a large yard shaded by a banyan tree with a basin of goldfish and a rock work. Going inside the temple, visitors will be caught by the giant black bronze statue of Huyen Thien Tran Vu which is 3.72 in height and four tons in weight. The statue appears as a sitting Taoist hermit, the left hand passes magic and the right hand holds a sword shrouded by a snake propping against the back of a tortoise. This is a special sculpture with a refined casting technique of Vietnamese people in the 17th century. Inside the temple, there is also a statue of “Old Trong” who made the statue of Saint Tran Vu. Old Trong’s students cast it to express their gratitude to the teacher when he died.
How to get to Quan Thanh 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.
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- Pretty... Like all the other pagodas in Vietnam
- Impressive Buddha and Temple
- A quiet small temple
- Small and quiet temple
Quan Thanh Temple, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
This Taoist temple, dedicated to Tran Vu, has a 9 tonne bronze statue of the deity cast in 1677. It is magnificent. The temple was established during the reign of Ly Thai To who reigned 1010-1028. The entrance gate is very grand and leads to a garden set before the temple. The temple's main feature is the statue but it is very beautifully decorated with the dragon and turtle being evident, symbols of the deity's power. Absolutely worth visiting if you're interested in Buddhism, architecture, history and contemplation. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Cost of entry was VND 10,000 pp. There are toilets here, clean enough though in the Asian style. It is an easy stroll from Tran Quoc Pagoda. Taxis from the Old Quarter cost about VND 50,000.
Quan Thanh temple is near West lake, so it is very easy to visit when combining West lake and Quan Thanh temple, Tran Vu pagoda.