Tran Quoc Pagoda
There are two tourist spots near the dazzling West Lake of Hanoi - one is Quan Thanh Temple, and the other is Tran Quoc Pagoda. The latter was originally constructed in the 6th century during the Ly Dynasty and has been acting as 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 has taken advantage of the watery landscape, being dubbed the most picturesque attraction in this city. Don't miss the sunset view from the temple ground - it’s one of the most photogenic for photographers. The pagoda opens daily, and visitors should dress decent: shorts are not suggested to wear.
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