Vietnam is a place where tradition and culture blend into a modern, fascinating destination. Within the country, the major religion is predominantly Buddhist. That means that as you travel through the countryside, you can find yourself in the shadows of thousands of beautiful, well-preserved temples and pagodas!
Finding These Landmarks
Though years have not been kind to all of these awe-inspiring sites, there are a few that have remained well-preserved. These sacred temples and pagodas in South, North, and Central Vietnam will give you an insight into the country’s unique history. Here are some fo the most well-preserved and gorgeous temples and pagodas throughout the country!
Bai Dinh Pagoda
The Bai Dinh Pagoda is located on Bai Dinh Mountain in Gia Viēn District in the Ninh Binh Province. Built 1,000 years ago, the preservation of this pagoda is impressive! Known as the temple of records, the original architecture is very well-preserved.
During the Ly and Dinh dynasty, this pagoda was once the center of Buddhism. It is a popular site for Buddhists from all over the world to visit. Take refuge in visiting this holy site, then head out to visit one of Vietnam’s stunning beaches!
One Pillar Pagoda
The One Pillar Pagoda is famous, not only in Vietnam, but all around the world. Since 1049, the One Pillar Pagoda has been a place that is able to truly expresses the deep spiritually connection between the Vietnamese people and Buddhism. Today, families around the world visit this holy spot to pray for their loved ones.
The pagoda rests in the center of a large pool. The architect’s intent of creating a large lotus flower that grows from the water is truly a marvel. The pagoda embodies a unique and artistic approach to honoring the Buddhist faith. For travelers that aim to have exotic voyages, the One Pillar Pagoda is indeed a must-see attraction.
Visitors around the world cannot ignore the beauty and elegance of the Perfume Pagoda. This particularly elegant temple is located at Huong Son, My Duc District in Hanoi.
Every year there is a festival here where thousands of tourists come and pray for their loved ones. If you’re looking to visit this popular site, the peak time is from January to March.
Because it is built into the limestone of Huon Tich Mountains, there are plenty of other places nearby to explore. For instance, you can visit a cave nearby known as the Huong Tich cave!
Tran Quoc in Hanoi
The Tran Quoc is the oldest temple in Hanoi. It is located at Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh District. In 1989, the temple was an historical, as well as cultural, relic due to its unbelievable beauty. Moreover, the Tran Quoc temple is one of the world’s most peaceful and beautiful temples!
The architecture of the Tran Quoc is royal, as well as ancient, since it was built in the 6th century. Additionally, during the Tran and Ly dynasties, this temple was a popular sacred place for Buddhism.
In the past, this temple was the place for the royals to relax especially, during Lunar New Year. Not to mention, the two palaces built surrounding the temple. The names of the palaces are Ham Nguyen and Thuy Hoa.
The temple has 11 levels which offer a view of West Lake. In addition to the stunning architecture, the design reflects the unique Vietnamese culture. The main tower is located at the center of the temple and made of breath-taking precious stones. Thus, the Tran Quoc is a must-visit attraction in Hanoi for those seeking exotic voyages!
Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is the first “University” in Vietnam. It was built in 1070 and it is located at 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da District in Hanoi.
In addition to being well-preserved, this temple features a special architectural element. Because this is a Confucian temple with 5 courtyards on it, students from around the world come to this place to pray and ask guidance for their examinations!
Ready To Visit Vietnam to See Its Temples and Pagodas?
Finding the right balance between the modern world, and keeping a rich history and culture in tact, is splendidly done within the borders of Vietnam. In order to immerse yourself in the old and the new, find the time to visit some of the country’s well-preserved temples and pagodas!