Quan Su is one of the most important temples in the country. Constructed in the 15th century along with a small house for visiting Buddhist ambassadors, in 1934 it became the headquarters of the Tonkin Buddhist Association and today it is headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation. It's an active pagoda and usually thronged with worshippers; the interior is dim and smokey with incense.
Quan Su Pagoda (Chua Quan Su) is located along Quan Su Street at eh French Quarter area of Hanoi. It opens daily from 6am to 9.30pm and is known as the "Ambassadors Pagoda". This is because it was founded in the 15th century to house visiting Buddhist envoys and ambassadors. This pagoda's compund is now the headquarters of the Vietnam United Buddhist Association, which is a centre for Budhhist learning in Vietnam. It also houses Vietnam's largest Buddhist library.
We saw a lot of different kinds of pagodas all trough Vietnam and this one was by far one of the most beautyful and interesting ones!
If you only have time for one or do not want to see more this one should be your choise!
Formerly, it was a small Buddhist pagoda, located near the Quan Su house which had been constructed during the Le dynasty in the 15th century to receive foreign envoys and ambassadors.
Since 1942, the pagoda has been restored and expanded many times, with a larger and better architectural structure. Nowadays, this place acts as the headquarters of the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation