So in the few days I have been here in Hanoi, I have seen many beautiful and wonderful places but one that stood out to me in particular was this beautiful pagoda.
Tran Quac Pagoda is situated on the East side of West Lake. It has a history of more than 1500 years and is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi. It is situated on the tranquil West Lake which makes for a picturesque atmosphere around the pagoda.
The architecture of this place of worship is so intricate and beautiful. The pagodas have to abide by the rules of the Buddhist architecture. These rules include having many layers of buildings and three main houses.
The Pagoda can been seen from far by what is known as the stupa. It is the red and yellow tower like building. It has 11 floors in total, each with a window. In each window there is a statue of Amitabha, made of gemstone. On the top is a 9 story lotus also made form gemstone.
Buddhist people still go to the pagoda today as a place of pray and worship, but it has also become a big attraction for cultural travellers.
The architecture and beauty was what first took my breath away, and then I stepped into one of the house’s and saw the amazing antiques. They are absolutely exquisite and are engraved so perfectly. These antiques are thousands of years old. I love that one building or place can hold so much worth and history.
I felt extremely comfortable and at peace when visiting. I think its lovely to experience as a tourist, but also can help one look deeper into their spiritual side, even if Buddhism isn’t your religion.
Lots of Love xxx