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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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  • Quite unexpectedly, we discover the delightful small Bach Ma Temple, in honor of the white horse. Here, the donations are counted in the courtyard. The atmosphere is very nice and only a few tourists seem to know it.
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  • A great time to enjoy the culture and beliefs in Vietnam, a tranquil destination. great place for adults.  more »
  • Ancient temples, beautiful. There are plenty of tourists to visit daily. The local people very well or to burn incense blessed. Ca Trù performers have the weekend ahead of the temple.
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  • 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.
  • Hidden gem in Hanoi with many interesting stories behind.
  • This is a bit hidden and a very tranquil place.
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