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Chua Tran Quoc, Hanoi

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
View the ornate architectural style of Chua Tran Quoc, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi. King Ly Nam De commissioned the temple's construction on the bank of the Red River in 541, which took four years to complete. In 1615, King Le Kinh Tong transported the temple to the Kim Ngu islet. When touring this historic complex, take note of its pagodas' red color, which indicates prosperity and luck, as well as the many 17th-century relics, symbolic flower statues, and Indian Bodhi tree. The water surrounding the site makes it particularly photogenic. Plan to see Chua Tran Quoc and other attractions that appeal to you using our Hanoi family vacation planner.
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  • Tran Quoc pagoda is located in a very nice location, the front is the youth, around the West Lake. The scenery in the temple is very beautiful, sublime.
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  • Such a beautiful setting. Definitely something to see to get a feel of Vietnamese culture and religion. Amazing outside exterior and inside are beautiful religious figures to be looked at. Must wear l...  more »
  • His first came here feeling very like scenery, scenery. The port of Nice and peaceful pagoda to incredible
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  • Very pretty and serene. Peaceful. Very well maintained. Great location with water on all sides. Nice to start the day tour with a visit here and learn about the Vietnamese style of Buddhism.
  • Cannot enter with a normal length skirt even though I had my blanket to wrap around my waist. Did nothing wrong or offensive other than just showing my blanket but was rudely gestured to go away. My boyfriend was pulled by the arm to enter though! Closed in the middle of the day, run by the rudest people. Other pagodas provide proper clothing if yours is not acceptable. Do not support this much of religious opression. Should either close to public visit or treat visitors with respect. Do not recommend.
  • So neat and calm area. Cool twmpraturw even out there so noise and humidity. The oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Must see this place...
  • The Trấn Quốc Pagoda in Hanoi is the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Lý Nam Đế (from 544 until 548), thus giving it an age of more than 1,450 years. When founded the temple was named Khai Quoc (National Founding) and was sited on the shores of the Red River, outside of the Yen Phu Dyke. When confronted with the river's encroachment, the temple was relocated in 1615 to Kim Ngu (Golden Fish) islet of Ho Tay (West Lake) where it is now situated. A small causeway links it to the mainland.
  • A must-visit tourist attraction. Located in Thanh Nien street, the most beautiful street in Vietnam.

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Hanoi offers abundant accommodation options for all kinds of travelers on all kinds of budgets. Stay in the popular Old Quarter for the closest proximity to main attractions, where mid-range hotels are popping up amid the dozens of hostels overrun with backpackers. If you prefer peace and quiet to proximity, the French Quarter contains numerous guesthouses and hotels. At the luxury end, four- and five-star hotels offer a full suite of extras and services, resort-like options boast views over West Lake, and sleek short-term rental apartments give you extra privacy.
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