Tran Quoc Pogada

Attraction Thanh Nien, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi Published on: 26-04-2017

2 hours 30 mins
07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Tran Quoc Pagoda is knowned as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its long history for more than 1,500 years.

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Why Tran Quoc Pogada is special ?

Famous for stunning scenery and sacred sanctuary, Tran Quoc Pagoda used to be a favorite sightseeing place of many kings and lord of Vietnam, especially during festivals, full moon days or Tet. Up until now, the pagoda can still preserve its fame although the landscape has been affected by urbanization. With all the historical and architectural values it possesses, Tran Quoc Pagoda is not only worth visiting as a sacred sanctuary of Buddhism attracting countless Buddhist believers; but also an indispensible destination for cultural explorers to Vietnam.

What to explore at Tran Quoc Pogada?

Besides the front gate facing the crowded Thanh Nien Road, this 3,000m2 complex is surrounded by sliver tide of West Lake, and is designed according to strict rules of Buddhist architecture with many layers of buildings and three main houses called “Tiền Đường”, a house for burning incense and thượng điện. These rooms are connected with each other to form a Công script.

The precinct of Tran Quoc Pagoda is highlighted by a high stupa that you may recognize from a far erected in 1998. This stupa is composed of 11 floors with a height of 15m; each floor has a vaulted window holding a statue of Amitabha made from gemstone. On the top stands a nine-storey lotus (Cửu đỉnh liên hoa) and is also gemstone. This stupa is situated symmetrically with the 50-year-old Bodhi tree gifted by former Indian President on the occasion of his visit to Hanoi in 1959. Abbot Thich Thanh Nha of Tran Quoc Pagoda explains the meaning of this correlation: “The lotus represent Buddha while the Bodhi is a symbol of supreme knowledge”.

Not only that, Tran Quoc is also a small museum of priceless antiques dated thousands to hundreds years old like worshiping statues in the front house. These statues are all engraved and polished meticulously by skillful craftsmen, which all bear spectacular features. Among them, the outstanding one is the statue “Thích ca thập niết bàn”, which is evaluated as the most beautiful statue of Vietnam.

How to get to Tran Quoc Pogada?

  • To reach the pagoda, finding the outskirts of Hanoi, it is not advisable to walk. The best option is taking taxi (from the Hoan Kiem Lake, it costs 75.000VND or you can rent a bike for a day at 100.000VND and an automatic motorcycle 150.000VND. The traffic in Ha Noi is complicated; therefore, if you are not experienced driver, it's better to go by taxi.

Selling points

  • Super cool pagoda.
  • Top destination in Hanoi city tour
  • Peaceful and Mystical
  • Well Worth the Visit
  • Nice quiet break from the business
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Duration
9.0 days
Estimated
238.81 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
32 places

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Thanh Nien, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi

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Tips for you

  • If you come here early in the morning, you'll see lots of locals doing morning exercises.
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  • Be sure to check the opening times as they close for a 2 hour lunch.
    Timming
  • The best photographs are to be gained from the main road looking back at the pagoda.There is no entry fee. A taxi from the Old Quarter costs about VND 50,000.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • It is located West Lake, from this Pagoda you can see the West Lake- the biggest lake in Hanoi.
    Location
  • Make sure you take your shoes off if you enter.
    Experience
  • If you want to pay a visit, avoid the first day of lunar month (ask your guide) to avoid the crowd
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La Pagoda más antigua de Hanoi construída siguiendo los diseños budistas, y tiene tantos niveles como estados budistas, es decir once, por eso la torre hexagonal tiene once pisos

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No shorts allowed. Wear long pants or a skirt.

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Nicest looking pagoda in the city. Terrible translation signs btw.

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WC ở đây không...thanh tịnh 1 chút nào hic (WC's very awful)

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Nothing much to do inside but really just get a lot of photos of the temple. The best view probably is the one at the entrance, with the tower reflecting on the lake. Bring a jacket..it's really cold!

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The name of this pagoda is translated to English as Guarding the Nation. It is located in the middle of Hoan Kiem lake, connected by a beautiful red wooden bridge.If you come here early in the morning, you'll see lots of locals doing morning exercises. It's fun to watch. And you can have a walk around the lake too while eating some ice-cream.A photogenic place for those who love taking photos.

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This pagoda is very beautiful and sets on the lake banks. It has many towers were the monks are cremated and placed to rest. An important site to visit and it does not take much time.

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Yes, that is true, my family and I will come back there in the near future to see the wonderful decoration and pray for ancient people

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The name of this pagoda is translated to English as Guarding the Nation. It is located in the middle of Hoan Kiem lake, connected by a beautiful red wooden bridge. If you come here early in the morning, you'll see lots of locals doing morning exercises. It's fun to watch. And you can have a walk around the lake too while eating some ice-cream. A photogenic place for those who love taking photos.

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No shorts allowed. Wear long pants or a skirt.

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