Attractions arround Hanoi (Part 1)

Hanoi is surounded by beautiful countryside landscape. Once you get out of Hanoi, you will see the endless rice fields that stretching to horizon, interspersed groves, tranquil villages, small roads and winding rivers.

In the Red River Delta, verdant rice fields, temples and tombs dot the countryside. The familiar sceneries are: farmers harvest their crop, load on the cart pulled by a buffalo,  groups of children go to school or playing traditional games. On the doorstep, grandmothers keep eyes on animals while talking with neighbors … Conical hats bobbing on lush fields

Many traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi are well known and recognized for their artisans’ talent. These are ideal places to learn about Vietnamese culture.

Tay Phuong and Thay Pagoda

Located in northwest of Hanoi, Ha Tay is a region of  beautiful landscape with rice fields and green hills, these are two pagodas, a few kilometers from each other, are important places of worship and have a remarkable architecture.

tay phuong

(Tay Phuong Pagoda)

Tay Phuong Pagoda date from the seventh century, has an architecture that is a masterpiece of  wood carving in Vietnam. Its frame made of wood covered with tiles. The shape of roof is a curve, on the edge of temple roof decorated by a statue of dragon.
The pagoda situated on a hill, after climbing 238 steps of laterite you will reach to gate of pagoda. We can admire a collection of 62 beautiful wooden statues, masterpieces of the eighteenth century, including 18 statues of La Han (Arhat in India).

The heart of a legend …
In Vietnam, a legend has it that 18 arhats are coarse brigands killed each other, with great kindness, the Buddha took back their life and made them his disciples. No statue resembles another. Some seem immersed in meditation, while others seem cheerful. These statues are representative of the new golden age of woodcarving. Copies of these artworks are at the Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi.
chua-thay_60330(Thay Pagoda)
Not far away, Chua Thay, the “Temple of the Master” was erected during the reign of Ly Nhan Tong, the founder of Hanoi capital. This site is a pagoda and a small bridge. Chua Thay is dedicated to the creator of water puppetry, the venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh, known for his exemplary religious life.

The pagoda consists of two buildings. Face with the pagoda is a beautiful lake (called “dragon pond”) brings gentleness and tranquility to the site. This is the place of water puppet on the occasion of festivals.

From the pagoda, a trail lead to the top of the mountain pierced with caves. At the top, there is a large smooth rock that had been said as the market of heaven where fairies and genies come there to shop and play chess during a full moon.
This site has served on numerous occasions such as the setting for the film Indochine.

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