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Quan Thanh Temple, Hanoi

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Quan Thanh Temple hosts huge bronze statue of Trấn Vũ, and boosts rich exterior. According to history, the temple protects the city from evil spirits. As part of four temples, which protect the whole capital, this one guards the north side. Renovated through past years, the temple combines various architectural styles, with predominant imperial era. The temple contains Chinese writings, as well as Vietnamese language written in Latin alphabet. Inside, you can see bronze statue of Trấn Vũ in the shrine, and image of serpent, and the turtle, which symbolize friendship. Put Quan Thanh Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hanoi vacation builder.
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  • Near Ho Tay (West) Lake, so worth a visit if you're in this district. A gated entrance from the street opens up into a lovely courtyard with grapefruit trees. The temple is small, but atmospheric. Unf...  more »
  • Another wonderful older temple that is a treat to visit and enjoy, easy access near the centre of the city  more »
  • I liked this temple. It was very quite and the garden had some beautiful carvings and mosaics on the walls. The enclosure have high walls so you forget that you are right next to a very traficated roa...  more »
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  • It is very nice temple. So impressive with statue of Tran Vu which made by bronze. Must see this place...
  • Peaceful and pretty Though it can be very crowded in some days and lunar new years
  • Quán Thánh Temple , formerly known as Trấn Vũ Temple is a Taoist temple in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dated to the 11th century, the temple was dedicated to Xuan Wu, or Trấn Vũ in Vietnamese, one of the principal deities in Taoism. As one of the Four Sacred Temples of the capital, Quan Thánh Temple is located near West Lake in a ward of the same name: Quán Thánh Ward; and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Hanoi.The temple's name means Place (alternatively shop/restaurant) of the Gods. Legend has it that Quán Thánh Temple was established during the reign of Emperor Lý Thái Tổ (reigned 1010–1028) and was dedicated to Trấn Vũ, Deity of the North in Taoism, whose symbols of power are the serpent and turtle (see section on Animal Symbolism below). It is one of the Four Sacred Temples that were built in four directions to protect the capital from malevolent spirits. Quán Thánh protects from the North, while the other three temples protect from the other directions: Bạch Mã from the East, Kim Liêm from the South, and Thần Linh Lang from the West.[2] In Hanoi, there is also a second Trấn Vũ Temple in the Gia Lâm District. Though smaller than Quán Thánh Temple, this smaller temple is also dedicated to Trấn Vũ with a 9-tonne statue of the deity.
  • Nice place but with people trying to cheat you inside and outside. Sad that they let them in.
  • Would give 5 start if free. How can anyone charge a fee for a temple, although only a little (10k)