Positioned on a small penisula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered the most historic pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.
The structure of this Buddhist heart is a refined mixture between the solemn and delightful panorama on the peaceable and quiet ambiance of West Lake’s floor. Thanks to those historic and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda attracts many vacationers to pay a go to, each inside and out of doors of Vietnam.
Tran Quoc Pagoda was first erected with the name “Khai Quoc” (Opening a country) throughout King Ly Nam De Dynasty, between year 544 and 548 on the bark of Pink River (roughly inside Yen Phu Ward, Tay Ho District now). Until the 15th century, throughout King Le Thai Tong reign, it was renamed to “An Quoc”, which implies a peaceable nation.
In 1915, because of a critical landslide ingrained into the pagoda’s basis that made the incumbent authorities and other people to maneuver the entire development to Kim Ngư Island on the East of West Lake, and that is Tran Quoc Pagoda’s present location you could witness at the present time.
The renaming course of didn’t cease till it was modified to the identify “Tran Quoc Pagoda”, that means defending the nation, throughout King Le Huy Tong dynasty (1681-1705). By means of every identify of the pagoda, we will see a milestone of the nation in addition to the needs of its folks hooked up to this holy sanctuary.
Well-known for beautiful surroundings and sacred sanctuary, Tran Quoc Pagoda was a favourite sightseeing place of many kings and lord of Vietnam, particularly throughout festivals, full moon days or Tet. Up till now, the pagoda can nonetheless protect its fame though the panorama has been affected by urbanization.
Moreover the entrance gate dealing with the crowded Thanh Nien Street, this 3,000m2 advanced is surrounded by sliver tide of West Lake, and is designed in keeping with strict guidelines of Buddhist structure with many layers of buildings and three most important homes known as “Tiền Đường”, a home for burning incense and thượng điện.
The precinct of Tran Quoc Pagoda is highlighted by a excessive stupa that you could be acknowledge from a far erected in 1998. This stupa consists of 11 floors with a height of 15m; every flooring has a vaulted window holding a statue of Amitabha comprised of gemstone. On the highest stands a nine-storey lotus (Cửu đỉnh liên hoa) and can be gemstone. This stupa is located symmetrically with the 50-year-old Bodhi tree gifted by former Indian President on the event of his go to to Hanoi in 1959. Abbot Thich Thanh Nha of Tran Quoc Pagoda explains the that means of this correlation: “The lotus symbolize Buddha whereas the Bodhi is a logo of supreme information”.
Not solely that, Tran Quoc can be a small museum of priceless antiques dated thousands to hundreds years previous like worshiping statues within the entrance home. These statues are all engraved and polished meticulously by skillful craftsmen, which all bear spectacular options. Amongst them, the excellent one is the statue “Thích ca thập niết bàn”, which is evaluated as essentially the most stunning statue of Vietnam.
With all of the historic and architectural values it possesses, Tran Quoc Pagoda just isn't solely value visiting as a sacred sanctuary of Buddhism attracting numerous Buddhist believers; but in addition an indispensible vacation spot for cultural explorers to Vietnam.