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Bach Ma Temple, Hanoi

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Escape the buzz of the Old Quarter and step into Bach Ma Temple, a place where people silently pray in front of a richly decorated statue of a white horse. Believed to be an incarnation of a river god, the apparition of the horse helped the emperor Ly Thai To choose a safe ground on which to build the city by marking it with its hoofs. The emperor erected the temple in the 11th century in gratitude to the white horse, but all the red pillars and ceilings covered in Chinese symbols date back to the 18th century. Make Bach Ma Temple a part of your Hanoi vacation plans using our Hanoi trip planner.
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  • This temple is absolutely gorgeous – a wonderful place to stop in to pray or to see the glorious shrines and decorations inside a Buddhist temple. Be aware that it closes mid-day (from about 11-2), li...  more »
  • We walked almost by chance passing in front of attracted by tourists. In my opinion is one of the most interesting temples in Hanoi. There are many statues of lacquered wood and some beautiful panels.
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  • Many tourists visit Hanoi for the main attractions connected to Ho Chi Minh. As an aside, they may also walk through a temple or pagoda just to say that they had done so. If you fall into this categor...  more »
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  • If I'm not mistaken it's also called the White Horse Temple. Most all the temples have red horses. It's said to be the oldest temple in the city, though much of the current structure dates from the 18th century and a shrine to Confucius was added in 1839. It was originally built by Emperor Ly Thai To in the 11th century to honour a white horse that guided him to this site, where he chose to construct his city walls.
  • didn’t understand why the rating is so high? not very good. maybe i didn’t go to the right place a white model horse and some beer cans
  • Very small temple without much direction. For some donation you can light an incense and pray. But I didn't understand why there was a horse in the center and who we're praying to. Should have a guide explain.
  • This is the oldest temple in Hanoi Originally built by Emperor Ly Thai To (XI century) in honor of the white horse that guided him to this place, where he build the city walls.
  • My Hanoi Walking Tour guide took me to this place. This temple is quite small. The name of the temple means White Horse.

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