Hanoi’s Oldest Pagoda

At 1400 years old, Tran Quoc Pagoda, in a picturesque spot on a small island in Hanoi's West Lake, is the city's oldest temple. And while small, it's quite beautiful.
Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Monk Praying
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At about 1400 years old, Tran Quoc Pagoda is Hanoi’s oldest temple. It sits on the tiny Golden Fish Island on West Lake (Ho Tay), joined to the lake banks by a causeway.

It’s a picturesque spot, but the temple wasn’t always here. Originally, in the 6th century, the pagoda was built on the banks of the Red River. When the changing course of the river threatened to wash the temple away, in 1615 the building was moved to its current location.

Photos of Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Tower
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Altar
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Chapel
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Statues
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Courtyard
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Buddhist Monk Praying
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Altar Statues
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Statue Tower
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Incense
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Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Tower and Gate
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What to Know Before You Go

It sits on a tiny island on the southern end of West Lake (Ho Tay).

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