Located just to the south of the huge West Lake, directly north of Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, lies this delightful temple. Legend has it the temple was established during the reign of Emperor Ly Thai To (reigned 1010–1028) and was dedicated to Tran Vu, Deity of the North in Taoism, whose symbols of power are the serpent and turtle. It is one of the Four Sacred Temples that were built in four directions to protect the capital from malevolent spirits.
The main features of the temple are its entrance gate and a large yard shaded by a giant banyan tree and a shrine that contains the famous bronze statue of Tran Vu. In 1677 during the reign of King Le Huy Tong, artisans from the nearby village of Ngu Xa offered the temple a very large statue of Tran Vu in black bronze, which remains today. This statue measures around 4 metres (13.0 ft) in height, weights around 3,600 kilograms (7,900 lb) and depicts Tran Vu as a deity with his two symbolic animals.
Hmm... After a couple of pretty impressive temple, this one comes pretty common to me. The good point is that I wanted to see the Tran Qouc Pagoda and this temple is on the way. For 2000 dong for entrance fees, I just popped in to take a look.
Not necessarily a highlight of the temples in Hanoi, but certainly worth stopping off at if you heading towards the West Lake and/or Tran Quoc Pagoda from the Ho Chi Minh Complex - it's only a few minutes walk from the Presidential Palace
Shaded by enormous trees, there has been a temple here for nearly one thousand years.
It's hard to see in this picture, but there is a snake coiled around the staff that the figure is holding. The name of the temple translates as "Holy Mandarin".
Thanks to hunterV for fixing the picture for me:)))
This temple is at the side of a busy traffic circle between West Lake and the Ho Chi Minh/One PIllar Pagoda area. Built in 1010 it contains a 16 foot iron stature of the god Tran Vu -- one with Taoist origins -- made in 1667.