Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple in the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi next to the southeastern corner of West Lake is a Taoist temple that dates back to the 11th century.

Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Elephant Statue
Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Elephant Statue

Quan Thanh Temple sits on the southeastern corner of West Lake (Ho Tay). While not especially large, the temple is one of the city’s oldest–it dates back to the 11th century–and amongst the four designated as its most sacred.

At the heart of the main shrine is an impressive bronze statue depicting Huyen Thien Tran Vu (usually shortened to Tran Vu and transliterated as Xuan Wu), one the higher-ranking Taoist deities and often known as the God of the North. He’s also of particularly revered by martial artists–the reason that martial arts classes are hosted at the temple. The statue was cast in 1677, stands 13 feet high and weighs in at nearly 4 tons.

Photos of Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Elephant Statue
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Main Shrine from Side
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Courtyard
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Huyen Thien Tran Vo Statue
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Blue Smoke
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Interior
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Gate
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Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Shrine Front View
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What to Know Before You Go

Quan Thanh Temple is right next to the West Lake.

Next door is a military base. I don’t recommend taking photos of the military building.

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by David Coleman

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