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Hanoi pagodas: 8 of the best places to visit in your spiritual journey

02/01/2024 6.472

Hanoi pagodas are a captivating reflection of the city's rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions. Exploring these ancient religious sites is a must-do for anyone visiting Hanoi.

Hanoi pagodas

When it comes to Hanoi travel, in addition to famous landmarks, tourists should not miss out on Hanoi pagodas. These pagodas are not only places to worship but also ideal destinations for any cultural enthusiast. Come visit the top 8 spiritual Hanoi pagodas below to have the most incredible experience. 

1. One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda is the first name on the list of famous Hanoi pagodas. Once, Emperor Ly Thai Tong dreamed of a Bodhisattva inviting him to sit on a lotus. Therefore, he constructed a shrine in the shape of a lotus in 1028 and named it One Pillar Pagoda.

One Pillar Pagoda was demolished in the war in 1954. Right after that, the government organized a significant restoration to make this Hanoi pagoda a cultural, historical, and architectural heritage of Vietnam again.

One Pillar Pagoda possesses unique architecture. This Hanoi pagoda is erected on a large stone pillar that resembles a lotus in the middle of the lake. Its roof is covered with red brick tiles and two dragon carvings.

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2. Tay Phuong Pagoda - a Hanoi pagoda with unique architecture and priceless artifacts

  • Location: Cau Lau Mountain, Thach Xa Commune, Thach That District, about 40 kilometers away from Hanoi’s city center to the west

Tay Phuong Pagoda, also known as Sung Phuc Pagoda, has over 450 years of history. This Hanoi pagoda was constructed during the reign of King Mac Phuc Nguyen (1547 - 1561). After that, the pagoda went through many restorations under the reigns of King Le Than Tong, Lord Trinh Tac, and King Le Hy Tong.

In particular, there are many priceless artifacts inside this Hanoi pagoda. Despite experiencing many ups and downs in history, it has retained the outstanding architecture from the Le Dynasty, which is displayed through the following works:

  • An outer (lower) triple-arched gate
  • An inner (upper) triple-arched gate
  • A main hall
  • An ancestor house
  • A guest house
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3. Perfume Pagoda Hanoi 

  • Location: Huong Son Commune, My Duc District

Perfume Pagoda, or Huong Son Pagoda, is a religious-spiritual complex located on the bank of Day River. It was inaugurated in the 15th century.

The Perfume Pagoda complex is home to many beautiful and valuable architectural works, such as Suoi Yen Valley, communal houses, and two pagodas, namely Outer Pagoda and Inner Pagoda. 

This Hanoi pagoda is not only a place to worship but also the venue of many cultural activities each year, such as boat racing, Cheo singing, mountain climbing, etc.

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4. Lang Pagoda - An ideal Hanoi pagoda to visit for peace and tranquility

  • Location: Tinh Quang Village, Giang Bien Ward, Long Bien District

Lang Pagoda, also known as Chieu Thien Tu, was constructed during the reign of King Ly Than Tong. It is a place to worship Buddha, the kings of the Ly Dynasty, and some Zen masters.

Lang Pagoda has unique and harmonious architecture from outside to inside. Its prominent feature is a green garden combined with rows of old trees, bringing a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

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5. Quan Su Pagoda

  • Location: No. 73, Quan Su Street, Tran Hung Dao Ward, Hoan Kiem District

Quan Su Pagoda is one of the most ancient and sacred Hanoi pagodas. King Le The Tong built it in the 15th century to welcome the ambassadors of neighboring countries. In 1934, this place became the headquarters of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

Quan Su Pagoda has a unique architecture typical of the pagodas in the Northern region, with scale tiles and domes. There are many architectural works here, such as a main hall, bell tower, lecture hall, library, etc.

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6. Dau Pagoda - A sacred pagoda in Hanoi with a history of nearly 2,000 years

  • Location: Gia Phuc Village, Nguyen Trai Commune, Thuong Tin District

Dau Pagoda is among Hanoi pagodas that have the most stunning beauty. It was built in the 3rd century and has gone through several restorations to have its current appearance. 

This Hanoi pagoda features distinctive architecture, with a Buddha statue in the front and a Saint statue in the back. Green surroundings are a highlight that makes Dau Pagoda even more appealing.

In addition, there are also relics of two famous enlightened Zen masters here: Vu Khac Truong and Vu Khac Minh.

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7. Thay Pagoda

Thay Pagoda, built during the Ly Dynasty, is associated with the life anecdote of monk Tu Dao Hanh, who made outstanding contributions to the prosperity of the populace. He was also the father of water puppetry.

Initially, Thay Pagoda was a small pagoda called Huong Hai Am. Then, King Ly Nhan Tong rebuilt it. Now, this Hanoi pagoda complex includes two pagodas: Dinh Son Tu (the Upper Pagoda) and Thien Phuc Tu (the Lower Pagoda).

In addition to the beauty of ancient architecture, this pagoda also captivates tourists with the majestic beauty of caves and mountains nearby.

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8. Tran Quoc Pagoda - The oldest pagoda in Hanoi

  • Location: No. 46, Thanh Nien Street, Yen Phu Ward, Tay Ho District

Tran Quoc Pagoda, formerly Khai Quoc Pagoda, was built in 541 in the Ly Dynasty. Over nearly 1,500 years, this Hanoi pagoda has still retained its architecture. Tran Quoc Pagoda is a marvelous architectural complex with many significant works:

  • A 11-story stupa
  • A main hall
  • An incense burning house
  • An upper house
  • A stele house

In particular, this Hanoi pagoda is famous for a Bodhi tree that was extracted from the Great Bodhi Gaya tree, where Shakyamuni Buddha sat and practiced more than 25 centuries ago.

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Besides Hanoi, Hoi An, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, and Ha Long are other popular tourist destinations in Vietnam that you should not miss out on, thanks to their beauty and fantastic activities.

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Hanoi is famous for its many cultural tourist attractions, especially for Hanoi pagodas to contemplate. These pagodas allure visitors with their unique architecture and rich history. If you are looking for a spot to pray and learn more about the local culture, remember to add the top 8 sacred Hanoi pagodas above to your travel bucket list.

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