Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on an island east of West Lake , the temple has a history of 1,500 years, is considered the oldest in  Hanoi. Temple architecture is harmonious combination of majesty, with ancient landscape between the quiet elegance of a vast lake. As a Buddhist center of Ha Noi in the Ly and Tran dynasty. With the value of the history and architecture, Tran Quoc Pagoda is famous sacred Buddhist place of doors, is attracting a lot of Buddhist devotees and visitors, foreign tourists in Vietnam.
Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on an island of only one the largest freshwater lake in Hanoi. In the Hai Ba Trung (40-43), the area around West Lake sparsely populated, with caves and small and medium forest cover, the forest also includes a number of rare animals survive. At the same time go through thousands of years of existence of the temple, where the landscape is now completely changed. Coast of the big lake surrounded the mansion house and modern works forming ... One side shows the complete overall architecture of the city, but on the other hand accidentally breaking historical perspective and spiritual conception of life of local residents.
Above the temple doors have scored three words and sentences Means subjects written two scripts:
Gold chariot through continuous / Open the door standing meditation young river
Like most other temples in Vietnam, the interior structure and the Tran Quoc Pagoda and sequenced according to strict principles of Buddhism. Includes multiple layers of the trinity is the front, the incense burning and upper-shaped connector into the ().
Front line westward. Both sides of the incense burning and a second upper hallway. After the upper steeple. Steeple temple is a house three times, salt husband roofs, located on the main hall.
On the right is the house beer and left the house. In the present temple is preserved inscription 14. In 1815 inscription with essays by Dr. Pham Quy favorite record following the remodeled temple ruins for a long time. This work began in 1813 and ended in 1815.
Behind the temple there is a tower from his grave
The campus has lotus stupa altitude was built in 1998. Large stupa consists of 11 floors, 15m high. Each tower has 6 floors arched doorways, each cell in place a statue of Amitabha Buddha with precious stones. Top nine-storey tower lotus (called the lotus Nine) also with precious stones. This stupa was built symmetrically with large bodhi tree donated by the President of India when he visited Hanoi in 1959. Venerable Thich Thanh Nha, the Board members of the Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Tran Quoc Pagoda Abbot, explained that symmetry is: "The lotus represents the Buddha's feet, as the students in the mud without being defiled. place Bodhi is enlightenment, supreme wisdom. implies that all phenomena of nature and the law "


Lotus stupa altitude, Tran Quoc Pagoda
Temple is recognized as Historic Landmark National Culture in 1989.
However, because many times rebuilt, repaired to the temple architecture has not been doped from the architectural style of the period:
In the 1624, 1628 and 1639 (the Lord Trinh), the temple was rebuilt, enlarged.
Over the Tay Son Dynasty, in the context of power struggle late Le Dynasty in Vietnam historical temple fell into disrepair, while local residents would be restored temple. Activity was restored in most of the Boar, dating Gia Long 14 (Renewable epitaph on Tran Quoc self compassion by a Ph.D. in 1779 on Lap Trai text editor)
In 2010, renovations to celebrate 1000th Thang Long - Hanoi Buddhist Summit 6th World held in Vietnam in 2010/11. Cost estimates for renovations of this phase is 15 billion 

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