In Vietnam, a unique blend of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist doctrines has given rise to the so-called triple religion, which has influenced its people for centuries. However, the large number of different temples to choose from can be a daunting task for any traveler, so we have compiled this short list of some of the most remarkable temples around Hanoi, all of which have their own special significance. These places of worship are a window to the local culture, beliefs and customs prevalent in the Vietnamese capital.
ONE PILLAR PAGODA
The one-pillar pagoda has become a state building, abundant in government buildings, official seals and souvenirs. Like the lotus flower, according to which it is designed, it is also a symbol of purity, unity and durability. This part of Ba Dinh Square is an unavoidable stop when visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
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Located in Hoan Kiem Lake in the historic center of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the iconic Ngoc Son Temple is dedicated to war hero Tran Hung Dao. But it is perhaps best known for its connection to the nearby Turtle Tower, one of Vietnam’s most beloved legends of the benevolent Turtle God, the humble emperor, and the sword that helped him conquer the Chinese invaders.
STAMP OF LITERATURE
The expansive Van Mieu complex with its peaceful gardens, altars and reflecting pools is a great place to find peace in the heart of the city. Built in honor of Confucius and his scientific teachings, it eventually became Vietnam’s first national university, the Imperial Academy. To this day, the so-called literary temple has preserved not only its traditional architecture, but also the timeless values of wisdom and discipline.