The Top Temples and pagodas of Vietnam

Today’s Vietnam has been influenced by many things over the years. China has clearly made an impact with Chinese people heading south into this region centuries ago. There are other neighbours as well as of course the French who have left their mark on the Country. When it comes to religion, tradition still plays an important role while Hinduism, followed by Buddhism both brought different things to the people. No Vietnam travel package could ever ignore religion within the itinerary. Temples are found throughout the Country and a Vietnam tour is certain to include some of the following religious sites. Remember of course, to play due respect to such sites and dress appropriately.

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•    The One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột) in Hanoi is often regarded as the most important in Vietnam. It is within the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex and dates back to the 11th Century. It has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times, the last after the French destroyed it as they withdrew.

•    The Perfume Pagoda is in a complex 75 kilometres south of Hanoi though you need to hike to get to this popular pilgrimage site. The temple itself is in a cave, Huong Tich.

•    The Temple of Literature in the centre of Hanoi was founded by Confucians in 1070 and appears on a Vietnamese banknote and on the itinerary of most Vietnam holidays. It was the home to Vietnam’s first university.

•    Keo Pagoda in Vu Thu, Thai Binh Province, North Vietnam, was built in 1061 during the Ly Dynasty near the Red River. It hosts the Autumn festival which 30,000 visitors attend each year.

•    Truc Lam Temple in Da Lat in the Central Highlands overlooks Tuyen Lam Lake and is accessed by climbing 222 steps.

•    Thien Mu Pagoda near the ancient imperial city of Hue, is on Ha Khe Hill on the Perfume River in Huong Long five kilometres from the centre. It was built at the beginning of the 17th Century.

•    The My Son Ruins outside Hoi An and Danang are Hindu by origin, built between the 4th and 14th Century and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

•    Quan Cong Temple commemorates a Chinese general and the Chinese architecture is typical of much in Hoi An, an ancient trading port.

•    Bao Quoc Temple in Hue was built in 1670 and has been a monk training centre since 1940.

•    Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is Vietnam’s first concrete pagoda and is found in Ho Chi Minh City.

•    Thien Hau Templein Chinatown, Ho Chi Minh City is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Chinese Lady of the Sea.

•    The Jade Emperor Pagoda is a busy place and arguably as famous as any temple in Vietnam. Barack Obama visited in 2016, while it has avoided any commercialisation despite the number of visitors.

•    Vinh Trang Pagoda in the Mekong Delta has the appearance of an Indian Taj Palace. There are numerous mosaics, lovely gardens and several Buddhist structures.

•    Cao Dai Temple outside Ho Chi Minh City blends several religions including even Catholicism and there are cathedral influences used in its architecture.

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