Worth a short visit

Last update at 09/15/2011 23:11. By Hanoi Local Guide.
Worth a short visit

Worth a short visit
By Hanoi Local Guide


We expressed an interest to a Vietnamese colleague to visit a Buddhist temple in Hanoi. She took us to Tran Quoc Pagoda, which she described as the oldest pagoda in Hanoi located on a small island on West Lake with lovely views of the city. She also said that Tran Quoc Pagoda featured a bodhi tree grown from a cutting of the holy bodhi tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment (the cutting was a gift from an Indian prime minister in the late 1950s).

Upon arrival at Tran Quoc Pagoda you will be gently accosted by vendors with post cards and other souvenirs for sale. We found they accepted our "no thank you" easily, unlike some of the vendors we encountered in other Hanoi tourist areas. However, our Vietnamese colleague, who is a buddhist, was somewhat distressed to see some tourists wearing shorts attempting to enter the pagoda grounds (in spite of the sign at the entrance - see photo).

We enjoyed walking among the pagoda's various shrines and gardens during our hour long visit. The statuary and relics were beautifully arranged and lit, with some dating from the 1600s. As mentioned earlier, the views from the pagoda grounds were also quite nice and there were even some local residents fishing from the pagoda's island. While we wouldn't list this as one of our top experiences in Hanoi, it is worth a visit if you have more than a couple of days in the city.

Styles:

View more other reviews of Tran Quoc pagoda (6 reviews)

The oldest pagoda in Hanoi

The oldest pagoda in Hanoi

This Pagoda is situated on an island at West Lake, and is the.......OLDEST PAGODA IN HANOI, having being built...

Sightseeing Tran Quoc pagoda

Sightseeing Tran Quoc pagoda

This pagoda may be one of the oldest in Vietnam. According to legend, it was built during the Nam De Dynasty...

Something about the Tran Quoc pagoda

Something about the Tran Quoc pagoda

This pagoda is situated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between West Lake and Tran Bach Lake....

Good to see

Good to see

Visiting some tamples and pagoda like Tran Quoc or Quan Thanh temple is close to West Lake and One pillar Pagada for...

A place when travel to vietnam

A place when travel to vietnam

This is a old pagoda, its very beautiful. I recommend you visit there when you travel to vietnam.

Photos of Tran Quoc pagoda
Tran Quoc pagoda
Location Hanoi
Basin countries Vietnam

Top Hotels