Vietnam has known as the country with the S-shape or the Dragon shape and Hanoi is the Dragon’s eye. Hanoi is the cultural capital of Vietnam and its soul. With more than 30 famous pagodas and temples, people call Hanoi is the picturesque of pagodas.
This blog brings to you some most famous pagodas and temples in Hanoi which have played an important role to build a very special Hanoi today.
One Pillar Pagoda: The original name of the One Pillar Pagoda was Dien Huu Pagoda, which literally means “long lasting happiness and good luck”. It was first built in 1049, during the reign of Emperor Ly Thai Tong. According to legend, ageing Emperor Ly Thai Tong, who had no children, often went to pagodas to pray to Buddha for a son. One night, he dreamed that he was granted a private audience with Buddha. Buddha, who was seated on a lotus flower in a square-shaped lotus pond on the western side of Thang Long Citadel, gave the king a baby boy. Months later, when the queen gave birth to a male child, the Emperor ordered the construction of a pagoda supported by only one pillar to resemble the lotus seat of his dream in the honour of Buddha.
Tran Quoc Pagoda: Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an islet in West Lake, is the one of the oldest pagodas in Viet Nam; its construction started in 541.
Kim Lien Pagoda: Kim Lien Pagoda was originally built on Nghi Tam peninsula, on the bank of West Lake. Today it is located in Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District, Ha Noi.
Huong Pagoda is also known as the Perfume Pagoda receives thousands and thousands per day in Tet Holiday.
Temple of Literature was built in 1076. It was the first educational school for royal family members, and it was later opened to talented students.