There are two tourist spots near the dazzling West Lake of Hanoi - one is Quan Thanh Temple and the other, Tran Quoc Pagoda. The latter was originally constructed in the 6th century during Ly Dynasty and has been acting an impressive cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism.
Unlike any other pagodas, Tran Quoc Pagoda was built in a very delicate way. In the rear of the shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, shrines and the belfry. Inside, you could see many valuable statues and various ancient steles recording the pagoda’s history. Items displayed here are skillfully produced and make up a small museum. The pagoda used to be a favorite sightseeing place for many kings and lords of Vietnam. During full moon days it’s especially stunning with radiance. Up till now, the pagoda takes advantage of the watery landscape, being dubbed the most picturesque attraction in this city. Don’ miss the sunset view from the temple ground - it’s one of the most photogenic for photographers. The pagoda opens daily, visitor should dress decent: shorts are not suggested wear.
Tourist attractions worth visiting are Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Fine Arts Museum and the Old Quarter. For Vietnam tours that include Tran Quoc Pagoda as a stop, you can take a look at 8-Day Classic Vietnam with Mekong.