23/09/2009 | 09:50:00

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, spreads over 2,000 square kilometers, but most important sites lie in compact areas. Touring the major landmarks of Hanoi can be interesting. You can also try a trip around West Lake that takes in the rural suburbs. Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi is such a place where you can visit during your tour to Hanoi.

A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in China, Japan, Korea, Nepal and other parts of Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function. The modern pagoda is an evolution of the Indian stupa, a tomb-like structure where sacred relics could be kept safe and venerated.

The most exciting fact about the pagoda is that the earliest example in the Oxford English Dictionary of the use of the word pagoda in English is from 1634. Pagoda - comes from Sanskrit "dhatu garba". Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi is one such piece of architecture.

Fast Facts about Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Island in West Lake, Hanoi
Contact no. of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi: no phone
Open Hours at Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi: 11a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:30p.m.-6p.m.
Monday-Saturday, 7a.m.-6p.m. Sunday and holidays.

Features of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi is the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De. Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi was supposedly founded 1,400 years ago by King Ly Nam De with the name Khai Quoc (National Founder). At first it was built outside the Yen Phu Dyke and the move to West Lake. Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi was then named Khai Quoc, meaning "founding the country." It has been named An Quoc, Tran Quoc and Tran Bac. With architecture harmonious with nature, the pagoda complements the beautiful scenery around the lake. One of the present statues inside Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi was fashioned in 1639.

The features of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi include:

 -   A bodhi tree is situated in the gardens of the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi. It was taken from a cutting of the original tree, under which Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment.

 -   The island and pagoda provide a beautiful backdrop, particularly when viewed at sunset.

 -   Visitors must be decently attired and long trousers are required for men.

The existing building of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi originated from the last repair work done in 1815, including the triple gate, the main pagoda, the sitting room, the ancestral worshipping chamber the garden tower./.

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