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Inside the 1500-year-old pagoda of Hanoi
Updated at Thursday, 24 Aug 2017, 16:23
Hanoi's Tran Quoc Pagoda has been named one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world with approximately 1500 years witnessing the Hanoi city’s life pace.
The Tran Quoc Pagoda was originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Lý Nam Đế (from 544 until 548), thus giving it an age of more than 1,450 years. When founded the temple was named Khai Quoc (National Founding).
The last major repair to the temple was undertaken in 1815 when the main sanctuary, reception hall and posterior hall of the dead were renovated. The pagoda is one of the main parts of the Trấn Quốc Temple for it holds the important monk's ashes. Most of the pagodas were made in the 17th century but the tallest pagoda was remade in 2004. The pagodas are red because in Chinese and Vietnamese culture red symbolizes luck and prosperity.
In 2016, travel site Thrillist also named the pagoda among a list of 11 “stunningly gorgeous” pagoda temples around the world. The U.K. news website Daily Mail ranked the pagoda of nearly 1,500 years old among 16 “most mesmerizing pagodas” in the world.The Daily Mail list recommends many pagodas in the world’s Buddhist centers Myanmar and Thailand, as well as some in Japan, Mongolia and South Korea.
There is a great deal of Buddhist symbolism at the Trấn Quốc Temple as well. The eight-spoked wheel is the symbol of Buddhism because it represents the Noble Eight-fold Path. At the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, there are many lotus flower statues. These symbolize purity of the mind, body and speech. The lotus flower also symbolizes enlightenment and achievement.
There is a great deal of Buddhist symbolism at the Trấn Quốc Temple as well. The 11-storey tower is 15 meters high and 10.5 square meters wide. Each storey consists of 6 arches, with statues of Buddha Amitabha made of precious stones. The total number of statues is 66 and at the top of the tower have 9 lotus layers made of precious stones..
The stone wall at the side of the pagoda has multiple carvings of lotus flowers engraved in the stone. The carvings express the beauty of nature in Vietnam.
The stone wall at the side of the pagoda has multiple carvings of lotus flowers engraved in the stone. The carvings express the beauty of nature in Vietnam.
With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction.
With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction.
International visitors love to enter the pagoda, enjoy the unique architecture and feel their mind calm, peaceful
International visitors love to enter the pagoda, enjoy the unique architecture and feel their mind calm, peaceful. At the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, there are many lotus flower statues. These symbolize purity of the mind, body and speech. The lotus flower also symbolizes enlightenment and achievement
At the main shrine, the visitors are given incense to be burned. Visitors to the shrine also give offerings like food or small amounts of money as a present for the gods to give themselves good luck. Incense is burned to send wishes to the gods and to receive good luck in return
At the main shrine, the visitors are given incense to be burned. Visitors to the shrine also give offerings like food or small amounts of money as a present for the gods to give themselves good luck. Incense is burned to send wishes to the gods and to receive good luck in return
The peaceful atmostphere at the pagoda impresses the visitors
The peaceful atmostphere at the pagoda impresses the visitors
The sunset views from the temple grounds are renowned.
The sunset views from the temple grounds are renowned.
A antique corner in the temple
A antique corner in the temple
On the grounds of Tran Quoc is a Bodhi tree taken as cutting of the original tree in Bodh Gaya, India under which the Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment. The gift was made in 1959, marking the visit of the Indian president Rajendra Prasad.
On the grounds of Tran Quoc is a Bodhi tree taken as cutting of the original tree in Bodh Gaya, India under which the Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment. The gift was made in 1959, marking the visit of the Indian president Rajendra Prasad.
In the Trấn Quốc pagoda they also worship female Buddhas, known as the "Mothers". Their shrines are in the front of the courtyard. The green Mother has domain over the mountains and forests. The white Mother has domain over the water. And lastly the red Mother has domain over the sky.These are some of the oldest gods or goddesses that have been worshiped in Vietnam and were in Vietnam before the Buddha.
In the Trấn Quốc pagoda they also worship female Buddhas, known as the "Mothers". Their shrines are in the front of the courtyard. The green Mother has domain over the mountains and forests. The white Mother has domain over the water. And lastly the red Mother has domain over the sky.These are some of the oldest gods or goddesses that have been worshiped in Vietnam and were in Vietnam before the Buddha.
Tu Anh
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