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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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  • With so many temples to see it is nice to find one that is unique. This is the oldest temple in Hanoi and is very clean and well maintained. There are shrines to Confucius, Buddha and others. The majo...  more »
  • Very pleasant place to see, beautiful finishing on the building. At the temple you can see locals praying and paying tribute. It has a very inviting feel to it and one can partake if one wants. I did ...  more »
  • Not really eye catching from the road because the solid wall block the view, once visitors enter the front door, they can see what is really behind of the yellow wall. The main altar with white horse ...  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.
  • Ancient temple survives on a street filled with tourists. White horse to the rescue.

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