Thay Temple

Thay Temple, Hanoi: Address, Thay Temple Reviews: 4/5

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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Exquisite Serene Setting & Vietnam's Oldest Buddhist Temple
Mar 2019
Thay Temple or "Master's Temple", is everything you would hope for in an ancient Buddhist Temple. Boasting a perfect Feng Shui setting, with the small picturesque lake in the foreground and the mountain at its rear, the structures and gardens are both serene and artfully crafted. Built during the reign of Emperor Nhan Tong of the Ly Dynasty in the 11th Century, this is one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in Vietnam. Pass by buildings of attractive architecture along the lake's edge and cross over one of the arched, covered bridges to access the clearing facing the lake. Here you will see the theater used for water puppet shows, the art of which is believed originated here in the 11th Century. Three buildings are located within the Temple grounds, all are open to tour. The 2nd covered, arched bridge leads to a limestone hill, caves and additional temple, which we did not have the time nor opportunity to explore. Built in 1602, these bridges are named: "Sun" and "Moon". It is difficult to believe that this tranquility exists so near to the bustling metropolis of Hanoi. Places to dine or grab a refreshment line the lush & shady pathway to the lake. Take advantage of the lovely views from a lake-side table which are protected from the sun. Definitely worth the side trip!
Written February 27, 2020
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betteskid
Boston, MA921 contributions
Beautiful temple in a lovely setting
Nov 2019
I visited here during my stay in Hanoi. The temple is not too far out of the city. The lake nearby is also really lovely. The temple also had an incredibly peaceful feel and I particularly enjoyed that. It was the last temple I had a chance to visit in Vietnam and I was glad it was such a nice place. I would definitely recommend trying to fit it in. There are also some interesting villages nearby that have nice markets. I visited So Village on this trip and enjoyed that as well.
Written February 8, 2020
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,647 contributions
beautiful location
Nov 2019
located on a little lake, this lod temple is a place of tranquility - if you manage to spend some time there when there are no tourist groups around. you can easily walk around the little lake, and the fitter ones can also climb up the rocks to the High Temple.
Written November 11, 2019
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Markus W
Hanoi, Vietnam11 contributions
The Locals are the Friendliest People you'll Ever Meet
Apr 2019 • Solo
People in the town as well as in and around the temples were so excited to have a chat. Even though the language barrier is very real it was a very nice experience to have some beers and a few laughs with them.

They told me if you go into the cave (Cac Co) when single you'll find a girlfriend. So far the myth doesn't stand up, unfortunately.

I was also very lucky to walk into a festival that was on the same day as I was visiting.
Written April 10, 2019
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Ls L
25 contributions
Historical place but
Apr 2019 • Solo
An hour drive from Hanoi, Thay Pagoda seem a Pearl of thís city in history and architecture...very beautiful temple with a hundred of statues...but along way to go up Cao pagoda there are many shops and donations box...made this place became commercial...
Written April 6, 2019
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,526 contributions
Complete access to temple areas let's you see everything
Mar 2018 • Couples
An optional tour during our Gate 1 tour of Vietnam, this experience was better than the other visits to temples or pagodas. The main reason was that you could go inside the temple altar areas and see the iconography and sculpture up close. Most other places we went you had to look through window slats to see anything. These particular temples were very ornate and this site is one of the very few that didn't sustain significant damage during the Vietnam war. Should only take about an hour to walk through all the buildings and appreciate the art work. Recommended.
Written April 5, 2018
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MichelleChoongKhoo
56 contributions
The climb up to the pagoda up to its limestone pinnacle for a wow view...Totally beautiful!
Nov 2017 • Family
Thay and Tay Phuong Pagoda, built into dramatic limestone on the hill slope one hour from Hanoi is located in such a lovely picturesque setting, you can almost visualize an epic historical drama movie being shot here.
We were not bowled over by the statues of 18 arhats but the romantic bridge, the promenade and the lake pavilion where we were told was the location of water puppet performances during Budhist festivities, they were stunning.
If you are enroute to Duong Lam ancient village, we will definitely recommend a stopover here before returning to Hanoi.
Written December 17, 2017
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Thuy Le
Da Nang, Vietnam168 contributions
Ancient pagoda, bad service
Oct 2016 • Friends
I always want to visit Thầy pagoda, I admire it's history and love it's landscape.
It's so wonderful landscape here, Vietnamese Traditional Architecture of a pagoda.
But the services are so bad, when I came a woman appear and guided us in the pagoda. She said I don't need to pay any for the tour,
After that, when we finish in about 15' later she ask me money, I give her 50.000vnd but she didn't agree and ask for 100000.
I love this place but don't recommend for foreigners people
Written June 22, 2017
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cookpias
Los Angeles, CA1,693 contributions
Beautiful Place
Mar 2017 • Couples
This historic temple is outside of the pretty beside a beautiful lake. It dates from the 12th century, so is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. It is dedicated to a master who retreated here, and then is said to have reincarnated into the son of the king (who built the one-pillar pagoda to honor his birth). Wonderful statues. Beautiful karst mountains around it.
Written March 26, 2017
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