Inside the temple
Beyond the temple, West Lake borders old and new Hanoi. Jutting out into the lake on a small island, the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, dating from the sixth century, provides another tranquil oasis. The temple was relocated to this site in 1615 when, after over 1,000 years, its original location on the Red River was encroached upon by the river.
Looking across West Lake
Trấn Quốc Pagoda and entrance
Inside the pagoda, the grounds and buildings are fabulous and impressive. It's hard to imagine that this building is around 1,450 years old.
Inside the buildings
The temple and the pagoda are great contrasts and complements. Located near each other, they each offer a calm, spiritual oasis in the city.