Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi has just been named one of the world’s 16 most beautiful pagodas by the British Daily Mail Newspaper.
Located on a small islet on the east side of Hanoi’s West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda was built in 541 under the reign of King Ly Nam De and is the oldest pagoda in town.
Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. The most outstanding feature of the pagoda is that it was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, ten shrines and the belfry. There are many valuable statues inside the pagoda.
The pagoda usually attracts many Buddhist followers as well as domestic and foreign tourists.
The top 16 beautiful pagodas also include Toji Pagoda (Japan), Shwedagon Paya (Myanmar) and Global Vipassana (India).