Hanoi’s Tay Phuong Pagoda is an interesting spiritual tourist destination that promises to bring many new discovery experiences to the journey in the capital.

If tourists are looking for an outstanding spiritual tourist destination in the capital area, do not forget to visit Tay Phuong Pagoda in Hanoi to experience the scenery, admire the impressive ancient architecture as well as enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and tranquility that this place possesses.

Tay Phuong Pagoda in Hanoi – the oldest pagoda in Vietnam

Tay Phuong Pagoda or Tay Phuong Co Tu is located on the top of Cau Lau hill, Yen village, Thach Xa commune, Thach That district and visitors can travel a distance of about 40 km from the center of Hanoi capital to visit as well asexplore this famous spiritual tourist destination.

The above tourist attraction in Hanoi is known as the 2nd oldest pagoda in Vietnam (after Bac Ninh’s Dau Pagoda) and in 2014, the Government recognized Tay Phuong Co Tu as a special National Monument in terms of  art architecture.

According to historical books, in 1632, Hanoi’s Tay Phuong Pagoda was built with a layout consisting of an upper hall with 3 compartments and a harem with 20 compartments. Then, around the years 1657 – 1682, Tay Do Vuong Trinh Lac demolished the old pagoda and rebuilt the new one. In 1794, the pagoda was completely overhauled and beared this majestic architectural shape to this day.

How to move to Tay Phuong Pagoda in Hanoi?

Visitors wishing to visit Tay Phuong Pagoda can choose from many means of transport to facilitate the travel process such as motorbikes, cars, buses…

– For private vehicles: Visitors depart from the center of Hanoi capital and move in the direction of Tran Duy Hung Street – Thang Long Boulevard. When coming to the overpass at the intersection of Thang Long – Thach That and Quoc Oai Avenues, turn left to Quoc Oai and then turn right and then go another 5km, at Thach Xa intersection you will see a signpost indicating the way to Tay Phuong Pagoda. From here, you turn left and then go about 4-5km to the temple gate.

– For bus: Tourists get on bus route number 89: Yen Nghia bus station – Thach That – Son Tay bus station. After getting on the bus, don’t forget to tell the driver to stop at the entrance to Tay Phuong pagoda in Hanoi.

Experience spiritual tourism activities at Western Ancient Temple

Admire the impressive beauty of ancient architecture

Tay Phuong Co Tu was built with three pagodas placed parallel to each other in the shape of the letter Tam including the area of ​​worship – main hall – harem and to set foot in the sightseeing area, visitors need to pass 237 stone steps.

From the main gate going inside is a courtyard, visitors will encounter three parallel houses and in order are called Lower Pagoda, Middle Pagoda and Upper Pagoda. Behind and next to the three main pagodas are the ancestors’ houses and the mother houses. The entire wall of the pagoda is built of Bat Trang red brick, the highlight is round windows with sharp and empty symbols. The roof of the pagoda is built with 2 layers of tiles and if the upper roof has embossed leaves in the shape of a leaf, the lower tile has a single five-color square like the color of the high monks’ robes.

One of the attractions at Hanoi’s Tay Phuong Pagoda lies in the French statues with rare masterpieces in religious sculpture. In particular, just walking around the temple, visitors will easily admire many intricately carved images of lotuses, chrysanthemums, dragons, phoenixes, tigers and all the above works created thanks to the hands of talented artisans in Chang Son village – a famous carpentry village for a long time.

Inside Tay Phuong Pagoda, there are 64 statues with many impressive reliefs such as the set of Tam The Buddha, Amitabha Tam Ton, Tuyet Son statue in the ascetic period, 16 Patriarch statues with realistic style, 18 Arhat statue with different looks and facial expressions….

Participate in the Tay Phuong pagoda festival

The festival at Tay Phuong Co Tu takes place on the 6th day of the third lunar month and lasts until the 10th day of the third lunar month with many festive activities attracting tourists from all over the world to visit and experience.

On the main day of the festival, villagers will go to collect sacred water to celebrate Moc Duc (bathing statues) and offer incense. Visitors to the temple on the festival do not forget to participate in folk games such as tug of war, wrestling, human chess… to immerse themselves in the exciting and attractive festival atmosphere. Besides, coming to Tay Phuong Pagoda in Hanoi, you and your loved ones should experience walking and admire the ancient architectural beauty at the oldest ancient temple in Vietnam.

Things to note for spiritual tourism at Tay Phuong Pagoda

Before visiting Tay Phuong Pagoda, visitors should pay attention to the following things to make their pilgrimage or tourism discovery more convenient.
–  Tay Phuong Co Tu is a place to worship Buddha, so when bringing gifts to the temple, you should not offer a salty ceremony, but just prepare vegetarian food such as sticky rice, tea, incense, flowers…
–  When visiting the temple, you should choose modest and polite clothes. Avoid wearing hats or sunglasses when on pilgrimage inside the temple.
–  Do not step on or leave shoes on the steps at Tay Phuong Pagoda.

Pack your backpack and go to the most beautiful tourist destinations in Kien Giang

Coming to Hanoi’s Tay Phuong Pagoda is to come to the interesting old spiritual beauty, helping visitors both admire the ancient beauty of the ancient ancient work, and have the opportunity to participate in many cultural activities in the journey to the capital.

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