During your supposed time in Hanoi, it will be interesting if you have chances to visit the beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda which is the oldest one among others in Hanoi. This place is considered as one of Vietnam popular destinations.
Tran Quoc Pagoda In The Past
Tran QuocPagoda is located beside the dazzling West Lake, on Thanh Nien Road. Individually, it is seated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between the 2 most romantic lakes of Hanoi: Truc Bach Lake and West Lake.
The construction of Tran Quoc Pagoda started in 541 and was completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De under its original name of Khai Quoc which means National Founder in Vietnam. It was originally built on the bank of the Red River.
Until the early seventeenth century, under the reign of King Le Kinh Tong, this famous pagoda was moved to the Kim Ngu Islet due to the river bank crumbling and it was renamed Tran Quoc (National Defence).
A cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism
Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered to be a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism partly for it is the oldest pagoda and situated in the center of the capital of Vietnam. Unlike other ordinary pagodas, it was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, the belfry and ten shrines. Inside the pagoda, there are a plenty of valuable statues, such as the red lac statue trimmed with the gold of Sakyamouni Buddha’s Parinirvana and lots of ancient stelae, one of which was made in 1639 by Doctoral Lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh, recording the Pagoda’s history.
Inside Tran Quoc Pagoda
People who have visited this significant pagoda of Hanoi always take interest in its special and intricate style of architecture centuries ago.
A nice tranquil backdrop
The island and Tran Quoc pagoda provide a beautiful backdrop for the West Lake and Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam as well, individually at sunset. Standing at one end of Thanh Nien Road, you can see the towers of the pagoda rising above the lake’s surface. In the pagoda’s garden, there is a Bodhi tree standing, which is attached to a past story. The story tells that in 1959, on Indian Prime Minister RazendiaPrasat’s visit to Vietnam, he offered the Tran Quoc Pagoda a Bodhi tree as a gift. This plant was grafted from the holy Bodhi tree where Sakyamuni sat in meditation position and achieved enlightenment in India 25 centuries ago. Nowadays, the Bodhi tree is easily recognizable from its heart with its shaped leaves, taken from a cutting of its original tree. The tree has still been and luxuriant and it is shading over part of the pagoda’s yard.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
These days, Tran Quoc Pagoda which is a religious relic with spectacular surrounding scenery is a favorite stop-over of numerous foreign visitors and pilgrims. You should remember that the pagoda is open daily and visitors who go there must be decently attired and long trousers are required for men. It is commonly restricted to any religious Vietnamese popular destinations. Hope you have a fantastic tour in Vietnam particularly in Tran Quoc Pagoda.