Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Chanquoc - the oldest pagoda and one of the main attractions in Hanoi. In recognition of its historical significance, in 1989 it was named a national monument of Vietnamese culture. A fairly small building with beautiful architecture surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants. There is a large garden around it.

The temple rises on a tiny piece of land in West Lake. So on the surface of the water you can see the full reflection of the building. Chan Quoc Pagoda is a special place for Buddhists and tourists visiting Hanoi.

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History of the temple

At first, the pagoda adorned one of the banks of the Red River. It is near the village of Hoa Emperor Lee Nam de ordered to build a temple. The construction of the pagoda began in 541 and lasted 4 years. The original name was Khai Quoc, but the 15th century came, and it changed to Thai Thong. The last time the name was changed was in the XNUMXth century under the emperor Le Hi Tonge. Since then, the pagoda has been called Chanquoc.

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Since there was a risk in the 1620th century that the waters of the Red River would flood Chan Quoc, the entire temple was moved to its current location. A wooden bridge was laid across the water surface in XNUMX.

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Description of the pagoda of Hanoi

Chan Quoc Pagoda - 15 meter Buddhist building of 11 floors. Each tier has 6 arched windows. They have statues Buddha Amitabha. The pagoda has a prayer hall, 10 tombs and a bell tower. The spire was made in the form of a lotus from the same valuable rocks as the Buddha statues.

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The original version of the pagoda has not been preserved in its original form. In 1639, Chan Quoc Temple was greatly expanded and reconstructed.

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Later there was an uprising during which the temple was destroyed. It was restored from 1813 to 1815. But still managed to keep the appearance.

The most valuable exhibits of the pagoda are golden statue of shakyamuni buddha and a few old stelae. Buddha statues are also kept in the buildings surrounding the temple. The complex includes a gate with three entrances, a central tower and a building for guests.

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In the second half of the XNUMXth century, Chan Quoc honored with his visit Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. He planted a sprout of a bodhi tree in the garden. Another President of India, Pratibha Patilalso visited the temple. At the very beginning of the second decade of the XNUMXst century, Dmitry Medvedev, the former president of Russia, visited the pagoda.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is an extremely popular tourist destination in the city. Hundreds of tourist buses come here, so there are almost always a lot of people. General rules and recommendations apply when visiting pagodas:

  • refrain from loud conversations
  • when visiting the pagoda, do not wear short skirts and shorts
  • bare shoulders, also bad tone
  • do not touch temple artifacts and do not bother the monks 

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How to get to Tran Quoc Pagoda

The temple is a 30 minute walk north of green water lakes in the old quarter. On the bridge across the lake, or rather bulk dam, there is transport. For 4-5 dollars, any motorcycle taxi will take you to the pagoda from the tourist center. You can also visit this place as part of excursions.


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