Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
This Pagoda is situated on an island at West Lake, and is the.......
OLDEST PAGODA IN HANOI,
having being built between 544 - 588AD.
There is a Bell Tower, Two corridors, Visitors Hall and quite a few Statues.
Outside in the courtyard are burial stupas, these are from the Zen Buddhist groups from North Vietnam.
The Pagoda is linked by a bridge which is linked to a causeway.
It has not always been here, it was moved from Red River to its current position in the 17th century.
In 1959, the visiting Indian Prime Minister offered the Pagoda a gift of a Bohdi Tree. The plant was grafted from the Holy Bohdi tree and is now growing well in the Pagoda's yard.
This is supposedly one of the oldest Pagodas that you’ll find in Ha Noi itself…originally built, according to “legend’ during the reign of Ly Nam De in the Sixth Century and moved to its present location during the 1600,s. It was built initially on the banks of the Red River, which is really very close by, but moved here to Kim Ngu Island because of unstable ground that it was built on.
The setting of this Pagoda is quite beautiful and after your visit you can take a stroll along the banks of West Lake, buy an ice cream or enjoy a nice drink that you can purchase from any of the vendors that are available on the shore outside of the Pagoda. Do make this a stopover during your time in Ha Noi for what I thought was a unique experience!
Tran Quoc is a symbol of Buddhism in Vietnam and has been reconstructed many times. The last major rehabilitation of the site was completed in 1815.The morning I was visiting there were three crews on the site painting and cleaning, I would imagine preparations for the upcoming Tet celebrations. Other than the unique design of the Pagoda, Tran Quoc is noted for its statue of Sakyamuni Buddha's Parinirvana., which is constructed and finished in red lacquer and trimmed with gold.
Sakyamuni is a title given to Buddha that means ‘Sage of the Sakyas”.
There is also to be seen ,an ancient stele created in 1639 by Doctoral lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh that records the history of the Pagoda itself.
In 1959 visiting Indian Prime Minister Razendia Prasat presented a gift of a bodhi tree to the Pagoda which was grafted from the same tree under which Sakyamuni sat in meditation some 25 centuries ago.This still stands here and can also be seen.
Access is daily and if there was a charge for access I don’t remember paying.
Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest of Hanoi's pagodas. Originally established around 548AD along the Red River, it was moved to the present location around the year 1600AD. The name Tran Quoc means "national defense." Much of the current architecture at the site dates from 1815.
One of Hanoi's most famous sights but not overrun by tourists, Tran Quoc Pagoda is a must-see if you're at the West Lake. This beautiful pagoda is situated on a small island which is connected with the dam between West Lake and Truc Bach Lake. Crossing the dam you see water lillies on your left and right and eventually the giant tower of Tran Quoc Pagoda. Unlike most other pagodas, this one features a tower of approximately 12m height - divided into 11 parts! Moreover, Tran Quoc is the oldest pagoda in Hanoi, dating back to the 8th century. Today's construction was last altered in the 19th century, but it is still amazing to think that back 1300 years there was a pagoda at the same site! It is said that Tran Quoc was built to harmonize with nature - definitely true.
One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, the current buildings dates from the mid 1800s. It sits on the shores of Ho Tay (West Lake) and is certianly one of the most interesting of all the pagodas, incorporating a number of buildings and pavillions, as well as monk's funerary monuments.
It closes at lunchtimes.
This pagoda complex has had many names throughout its history. First it was called "The Foundation of the country", then "The Pacification Pagoda", then ... well you get the idea. Now it's called "Defense of the Country."
Tran Quoc Pagoda is a complex on the Southern shore of Tay Ho Lake, half an hour walk or ten minutes taxi ride from the downtown. One gets to the Pagoda via a dam, that passes a lotus pond (actually, a part of the lake) from both sides. The tower is seen from everywhere, and the best views are from the furthest yard, when the tower "grows" out of the roof.
The oldest pagoda in Hanoi, it was originally stuated on the banks of the Red River but was moved to its present site on an island in the west lake around 1600. Most of the current buildings date from 1815. Surrounding the main pagoda are some fascinating monuments in the garden which are for the burial of monks.
There is so much to see at this pagoda. Tran Quoc Pagoda is reputedly the oldest in Hanoi dating, in part, from the 6th century.
These kings lined one of the side walls in the back temple area. Not a clue on the names, but they sure look good in gold :) The temple was restored in 1815.