Having become a traditional beauty, many Vietnamese families go to the pagodas to pray for good luck for both families and relatives.
Here are the most attractive spiritual tourist attractions in the Hanoi capital that you can visit right this weekend.
1. Tran Quoc Pagoda
Over 1500 years of restoration and relocation, Tran Quoc Pagoda is now not only famous for one of the oldest temples in Vietnam, but also for its typical architecture following Buddhist style.
Combined with the elegant and harmonious landscape of the poetic West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda has been ranked one of the 16 most beautiful temples in the world voted by the newspaper Dailymail in 2016.
Visiting this ancient temple in Hanoi with famous architectural beauty is also an interesting experience to start a new year, and your trips to explore Vietnam.
2. Quan Su Pagoda
Built in the reign of King Le The Tong (1442 -1497), Quan Su Pagoda is more than 500 years old.
Formerly the headquarter of the entire Buddhist Association of Tonkin, now the center of the Vietnamese Buddhist Church, this temple has witnessed various historical events of Buddhism in the country. The most typical can be mentioned the unity of Buddhism in Vietnam and the integration between Buddhism in the country and Buddhism in the world.
When visiting Quan Su pagoda, you will be immersed in a solemn, tranquil historical space, study the interesting couplets, and pray for a happy life and prosperous year.
3. Ngoc Son Temple
For a long time, Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, But Tower, and Ink Box in Hoan Kiem Lake have become famous architectural complex, considered a symbol of Hanoi capital in the eyes of domestic and international tourists.
Rarely is an architectural ensemble that converges such solemnity, spiritual feature and harmony, and architectural and artistic specialties.
Here, you can pray for fame and career in front of the literary governing god Van Xuong De Quan, while and admire the poetic landscape, or meditate on the meanings through these relics.
4. Quan Thanh Temple
Quan Thanh Temple, which is a place of worship for one of the four gods that defended the ancient Thang Long citadel: Huyen Thien Tran Vu.
Coming with Bach Ma temple, Voi Phuc and Kim Lien temples, Quan Thanh temple has become one of “Thang Long Tu Tran”, meaning 4 holy essential temples in Thang Long – former name of Hanoi.
A 4m height statue of a god staying at the highlight spot in this area is the statue of Huyen Thien Tran Vu. This god in the folk consciousness with many thrilling anecdotes, repeatedly defending to protect the country.
Coming to the temple, you can admire the architectural, cultural, and artistic values of the relic located on the banks of the West Lake.
5. Perfume Pagoda
Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong in Vietnamese) is located in Huong Son commune, My Duc district, about 50km from the center of Hanoi. Coming to this pagoda, most people pray for peace, but also to enjoy the poetic scenery of the mountains there.
The two main places that attract the most tourists to visit are Huong Tich Cave and Thien Tru Pagoda. Besides, the complex of Huong pagoda still has many famous temples and pagodas such as Tien Son cave, Giai Oan Pagoda, Cua Vo temple …
From the 6th of the first lunar month to the end of the third lunar month is the festival time of Huong. This festival attracts thousands of visitors to join with various activities.
6. Phu Tay Ho
Many people believe that coming to Phu Tay Ho can pray for luck and fortune. This place locates on a peninsula of Nghi Tam village, jutting out West Lake, where it is dedicated to Lieu Hanh.
Lieu Hanh is one of The Four Immortals in Vietnamese folk religion, and also a leading figure in the mother goddess cult Đạo Mẫu.
Visiting Phu Tay Ho, you can also enjoy the fresh air of West Lake with cool breezes.
7. Bach Ma Temple
Considered one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Hanoi, Bach Ma Temple is famous for the anecdote of building the citadel of King Ly Thai To. After successful construction, the king set up a temple to give thanks to God Long Do.
Currently, the temple still preserves a lot of ancient artifacts and ancient rituals. Coming there, you will admire the magic horses in the main palaces.
If you come right on the occasion of the festival, you will see the rituals and learn about the religious culture of the Vietnamese people, pray for peace, good luck for family and relatives.
8. Phuc Khanh Pagoda
Located at 382 Tay Son Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Phuc Khanh Pagoda has a reputation for being sacred to the people of Hanoi.
Built under the reign of Hau Le(1428–1789), this famous pagoda was associated with the revolution of King Quang Trung – Nguyen Hue (1753-1792.
The pagoda has become a famous place of worship as well as good luck in the Hanoi area.
9. One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda, also known as Dien Huu Pagoda, is located in the complex of President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, including a fish pond, Uncle Ho’s stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda, and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
The pagoda was built in 1049 under the reign of King Ly Thai Tong (974 – 1028). The temple has only one compartment placed on a pillar in the middle of a lotus lake.
The highlight of the temple lies in the unique texture and architecture that looks like a lotus on the water, popularly known as One Pillar Pagoda.
10. Dam Temple
Located in Sam Duong village, Ninh So commune, Thuong Tin district, Hanoi, Dam temple has ancient architecture, opening space with many trees and lake.
The temple column is made of wood, the roof is covered with red tiles that have faded from time to time. The temple ground also has many old trees, typically a banyan tree is over 100 years old.
The Dam Temple Festival is held from the 1st to the 10th of the second of the lunar calendar. During that time, you can see many special rituals and activities taking place at the temple, such as water procession, dragon dance, lion dance, word drawing…
Visiting Dam Temple, you can find a peaceful and sacred land to pray for good luck and health.