Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi (Vietnam). Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on the outskirts of Hanoi, between West Lake (Ho Tay) and Truc Bach lake. Buddhist Temple built in the year 545

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda - Hanoi


The city of Hanoi is known for its traffic, For hosting the Ho Chi Minh MausoleumBut also for its pagodas. One of the pagodas with more charm and magic of all the Vietnamese capital is Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi (Chua Lại Quốc), found on the outskirts of the city of Hanoi between West Lake (Hồ Tây) and Lake Truc Bach (see map of Hanoi).

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

The unbeatable location of this Pagoda, along with its small but high structure, capture the attention of visitors and locals. One of the reasons why you should not miss this Pagoda, as well as the unbeatable views of the city of Hanoi, is that it is the oldest Pagoda built in the central part of Hanoi (dates from the year 545).
As a curiosity we will tell his name, Tran Quoc means National defense.

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Structure Tran Quoc Pagoda

The Pagoda has been built following the Buddhist designs. This pagoda has many levels as there are Buddhist states.
It is 11 levels totaling 15 meters in height. Each, in turn, has 6 doors guarded by a statue of Amitabha, forged in precious stones.

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)

History of Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
The Pagoda began to build in the year 541 and was finished in the year 545, which corresponds to the reign of the Emperor Ly Nam De.

Its original name was Khai Quoc, which means National founder and its original location was on the flanks of the Red River, until in the 17TH century the Emperor Le Kinh Tong, it changed its name and its location. This change was motivated by the danger of collapse that the Pagoda was exposed because of the River.

In 1989, this temple was recognized as a monument of national interest.

Photos of the Tran Quoc Pagoda

A small sample of photos from the Tran Quoc Pagoda (Hanoi, Vietnam).
We started outside where we have a sign, written in Vietnamese, who welcomes us to the Pagoda. At this point, we must go through a beautiful narrow road above the lake to the front door of the complex. Inside various structures and buildings, an altar and a tiny garden, decorated with bonsai and other exotic plants. The views of the city of Hanoi from Tran Quoc Pagoda, are probably the best.


Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Entrance to the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Pagoda on the river. Hanoi (Vietnam)

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Inside the pagoda Tran Quoc Pagoda of Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Buddhist Pagoda (Tran Quoc) in Vietnam

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Altar inside Tran Quoc Pagoda. Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Views of the city of Hanoi from Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Pagoda Vietnamese in Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Budism Pagoda Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)

Videos of the Tran Quoc Pagoda (Chua Tran Quoc)


Tour of the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the exteriors of the Pagoda inside the temple and Buddhist altars. With beautiful views of the river.


Main access to Tran Quoc Pagoda, crossing a narrow path on the river to access inside.


The other side of the river of Hanoi, near the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Where the inhabitants of the capital of Vietnam come to fish, and the youngest, to take an ice cream while enjoying the view.


Selling in the vicinity of the Tran Quoc Pagoda (Hanoi, Vietnam) that sold colored pinwheels. We said that the mills were to put them next to the river.


Location Tran Quoc Pagoda

The Pagoda is in North-West of the city, between West Lake and the Lake Truc Bach. To get there, we need to pass through the narrow and crowded Thanh Nien road.

Map of Hanoi Tran Quoc Pagoda

Getting to the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi?

To reach the pagoda, finding the outskirts of Hanoi, it is not advisable to walk. Best is a taxi (from the Hoan Kiem 75.000VND be a little more than 2€) and for the more adventurous motorcycle. You can rent a bike for a day 100.000VND, (about 4€), and an automatic motorcycle 150.000VND (about 5€) but first read this article Vietnam and Motorcycles.

Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda

Access to the Pagoda is open and free, but as in most of the places of worship of Hanoi, is necessary to dress appropriately and keep forms inside.

Treasures Pagoda

In the interior of the temple is exhibited a statue of Parinibbana (final State of Buddhism), statue, gold, it is one of the masterpieces of Vietnamese sculpture. We can also contemplate 14 stelae, and several scrolls of the 12th century, along with a Bodhi, gift of the India tree.

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