Religious Sites in Hanoi

Religious Sites in Hanoi, Vietnam

Religious Sites in Hanoi

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  • Leannie
    Reading, UK1,134 contributions
    This is truly stunning and I would highly recommend a tour guide to get the most out of the visit. Also there is a lot to see and a ton of history behind each area so it's best not to get there too late in the day or you would need to cut your visit short when they close at 5.30.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • Stuart B
    Patong, Thailand218 contributions
    Although only open now Saturday & Sunday. It is a very impressive building built originally by the French. But now only approximately 10 % of the population are Catholic.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Leannie
    Reading, UK1,134 contributions
    Lovely temple with a great lake view to admire, not too busy on a Sunday afternoon and free to enter, remember to take off your shoes when entering the main section!
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • MBlovetotravel
    Naarden, The Netherlands124 contributions
    We have made a round trip trough Asia and saw a lot. This place is amazing and so beautiful and tasteful with a lot of art statues, historical building, bridge, beautiful trees surrounded by mountains in the mist.
    After the touristic old center of Hanoi this was defenately what we needed to get a better idea of Vietnam’s culture.

    We went to the HD Hotel nearby and then the host arranged a taxi for us (return). We went there for one hour and it was an amazing experience.
    Also the ride to the palace was better since it gives a better picture of Vietnam than all hose tourist destinations.

    Cash entrance only

    Written December 21, 2019
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  • Kerry L
    Melbourne, Australia50 contributions
    It was very misty, so we didn't get see the area quite like the photos. However, it was still very pretty. The only problem for us was sitting for an hour in the boat both directions and we all ended up with cramps in our legs. Nevertheless, it was peaceful and quiet. We were lucky a largish group was ahead of us so they ran the chairlift. It would have taken ages to walk to the cave. The guide says this area is packed during the lunar celebrations. There was lots of activity in preparation - men and women hauling bottles of water and other provisions in preparation for the forthcoming pilgrims next month.
    Written December 20, 2019
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  • bhodgkinson
    Preston, UK244 contributions
    Visited whilst at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A small but nice Pagoda - a good little photo opportunity.
    Written June 20, 2020
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  • Harrison F. Carter
    Cologne, Germany10,600 contributions
    Nice to see of an evening, can't comment on during the day as didn't see, but once dark, the temple and lake looked really pretty and well worth a little look.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • betteskid
    Boston, MA1,014 contributions
    I visited here during a recent trip to Hanoi. I have visited quite a few temples in SE Asia and this one was nice but not the most memorable. The history of the place is interesting and the decorations are very nice. If you have time, I would stop here or if you have not had the chance to visit temples in Vietnam, I would definitely go.
    Written February 8, 2020
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  • M A Matin
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia13 contributions
    Only mosque located in hanoi city. those muslim wish to pray in the mosque with very minority of muslim in the Hanoi city, must pay a visit. they would be happy to see you...
    Written December 9, 2019
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  • Rachel P
    Peterborough, England, United Kingdom46 contributions
    A lovely tranquil temple which was a wekcome relief after the emotion of visting Hoa Lo Prison nearby. It's free to enter and well worth a visit. The decoration is incredible and almost sensory overload but it is offset by the calmness of the place.
    Written June 4, 2018
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  • Curtis S
    Kingsport, TN2,564 contributions
    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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  • Leannie
    Reading, UK1,134 contributions
    Very beautiful and serene atmosphere next to the lake, however there are a lot of stalls and markets nearby so it is a little busy but you are not hassled on any way when walking round.
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • Steve Q
    Toronto, Canada216 contributions
    It is a nice old church and I only happened on it because I had intended to go to the 11:30 AM mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral which is in French. Having an earlier mass and being in English made this a good option.
    Written December 5, 2019
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  • Anita east end
    London, UK61 contributions
    Within the crowded scooter lined streets of Old Quarter Hanoi is a beautiful small temple! Hang Bac is an oasis of calm amongst backpacker shops, cheap street eats and French style colonial cafes... decked out for TET in January its beautiful grass beds depicted scenes from the rice fields including monks, oxen ploughing and musicians. Incense was burning and a few locals popped in to bless the buddhas good luck for the new lunar year! Be sure to find it if you can.
    Written March 6, 2020
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  • LivingThe Q
    Colorado Springs, CO793 contributions
    The final tour that we took in Vietnam from Hanoi was the Perfume Pagoda tour. It is a day trip that takes you along a river with beautiful scenery to a complex of several different pagodas as well as the actual Perfume Pagoda, which is located in a cave at the top of Perfume Mountain. The tour started with a visit to the Thien Tru Pagoda, which is at the heart of the temple complex. The Thien Tru Pagoda is over 500 years old and is truly spectacular with wonderful architecture, artwork, and cultural features.

    We visited during the offseason, but from January to March, during the festival season, it is extremely busy as thousands of people come to Perfume Pagoda. To enter Thien Tru Pagoda, you walk up a series of stairs and go through a typical Buddhist arch entry with three openings. The openings represent past, present, and future with the center opening being the present. The main courtyard features two large, gold lions guarding the main temple. It is an active temple and there are offerings inside of the temple and monks can be seen walking around in their orange robes.

    In addition to the interesting architecture, the surrounding mountains and trees make it even more beautiful. We were some of the only people visiting during our time at Thien Tru Pagoda, but we weren’t completely alone as we did see a snake climbing one of the gates. Since it was fairly colorful, we didn’t get too close as we didn’t know if it was poisonous. We took about an hour walking around the pagoda complex and looking at all of the amazing details.

    The age of the temple is quite apparent as many of the buildings and stupas are weather worn and the details have faded. The overall experience of walking the grounds of Thien Tru Pagoda is something that make this a worthwhile trip for anyone visiting Hanoi. From the golden Buddha statues, ornate decorations, unique buildings to the natural environment surrounding it, the time spent in Thien Tru Pagoda was one of our favorite memories from Vietnam.
    Written January 2, 2020
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