Pagoda in Ha Noi

Tay Ho Pagoda

Phủ Tây Hồ is a small pagoda located on a peninsula that just in the middle of the West Lake (Hồ Tây) shore in Hanoi. It is said to be a popular destination among unmarried people, who come here on Sundays and on the first and 15th day of each lunar month to pray for good fortune. It should be noted here that Phủ Tây Hồ does not belong to Buddhism or Confucianism.

The most direct way to reach Phủ Tây Hồ is from Ba Dinh Square. Just head north along Hung Vuong road, it will take you to the West Lake. Going along the road shaded by rows of trees and passing Tây Hồ villa area, visitors will arrive at the Pagoda which lies on the peninsular considered a golden fish-shaped ground protruding into the lake. The area is full of the aroma of lotus flowers.

Tay Ho Pagoda is one of Hà Nội most popular destination, especially on the first and 15th of each lunar month. It is dedicated to the Mother Goodness, Thánh Mẫu. Many pilgrims come not only to pray and show their worship but also to relax and enjoy the magic and scare landscapes in the middle of Hanoi capital. While Citadel in Hue street is calm, Quan Thanh on Thanh Nien street is deep, Kim Lien pagoda is quiet, Tay Ho Pagoda is always much merrier and more animated.

As the legends goes, she appeared in the 17th century as a pretty girl in front of a fisherman on the lake, smiling and reciting poetry. Then she disappeared without revealing her identity. Later the locals found out who she really was and built Tay Ho Pagoda in Ha Noi. From the gate, visitors will see the 3-door entrance which was built in curves, roofs covered with tube-tiles, the panels on either sides cite the legendary meeting between Phung Khac Khoan and Goodness Liễu Hạnh. There is a large-scale architecture facing two storey of towers in the main hall. In the centre, it is a panel reading “Tay Ho Hien Tich” which is beautifully decorated.

There are many worship objects in the Pagoda such as: panels, altar, royal seat, fresco, etc. All were beautifully and artfully carved and decorated, bearing signs and styles of the 19th century. There are also canopies, altars and 3 bronze bells, a stone incense-burner, 3 nominations to God Kim Ngưu (Golden Buffalo) and 50 statues of different sizes.

On the way to the Pagoda, visitors can see many open-air restaurants selling delicious food items like: deep fried shrimps in flour batter and shellfish soup and vermicelli. Crisp shrimp (Bánh tôm) is available everywhere in the country but it is said best to have it at West Lake, around Tay Ho pagoda.

73 P Quan Su, Hanoi, Vietnam

Quan Su Temple was built in the 15th century under the Lê Dynasty. At that time there was no Buddhist temple here but some cottages used as a place of worship. According to Hoàng Lê nhất thống chí, during Emperor Le The Tong’s reign, Chiem Thanh (Champa), Ai Lao (Laos) usually sent ambassadors to offer tributes to Đại Việt (official name of Viet Nam under the Lê Dynasty). The Emperor ordered to construct a building called Quan Su (Embassy) to receive foreign ambassadors to Thăng Long. Because those ambassadors were all Buddhist, they decided to build a temple on the premises for worship. Today only the temple remains.

According to Doctor Le Duy Trung’s essay carved on the 1855 stele, the temple was close to Hau Quan Base in the early years of Gia Long Era (1802–1819). In 1822, the temple was renovated so that the local residents could practise worship here. When the troops withdrew, the temple was returned to the villagers. Monk Thanh Phuong, who hosted the temple then, had corridors built, statues painted, bell made. The front palace is dedicated to the Buddha and the rear palace is dedicate to Master Minh Khong of the Lý Dynasty.


Chùa Một Cột, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

One Pillar Pagoda or still called Dien Huu Pagoda was built in 1049 under King Ly Thai Tong. According to the history, at the time King Ly Thai Tong was old but he still did not have a son so that he often went to pagodas to pray for that, one night he dreamed Bodhisattva of Mercy who was appeared in a lotus in the square lake to the west of Thang Long citadel, Bodhisattva of Mercy was holding a boy and took it to King Ly Thai Tong. Then, the queen had a boy, base on this King Ly Thai Tong made decision to build One Pillar Pagoda base on the image that he saw in his dream to pray Bodhisattva of Mercy.
Also according to the history, One Pillar Pagoda was built in 1049 and it was repaired in 1105. This is a creative architectural project include the stone sculpture, painting, the water face is the cultural symbol, the special art….One Pillar Pagoda was destroyed and it was re-built by the smaller size comparing originally. This is a really special architectural complex.

Now a day, everyday there are a lot of the domestic and foreign tourists arriving to pray and visit at One Pillar Pagoda. This special pagoda was chosen as one of the symbol of Hanoi capital. One Pillar Pagoda is located in Ho Chi Minh Complex, this destination must be included in the city tour of Hanoi, the tourist should not miss this special destination on your trip to Hanoi, Vietnam. From One Pillar Pagoda you also visit a lot of another famous features such as Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature….all of these places are the most features of Hanoi.