If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam in 2017, no doubt you have already done a lot of research on the types of things you can see and do. One of the country’s most popular attractions is the temples, which provide the visitor with an intriguing insight into both the religions and history of this fascinating country.
Vietnam’s major religion is Buddhism, however it is also the birthplace of Cao Daism, which combines the teachings of Hinduism, Judaism, Confucianism, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism and Islam. This mix of religions into one provides amazing architecture that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Here are our top 10 choices for temples you must visit when you go to Vietnam.
1. Cao Dai Temple was built in the 1930s and is found around 100 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City.
2. Temple of Literature is located in Hanoi and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It was built in 1070 to honour Confucius.
3. Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue includes a 21 metre high octagonal tower, built in 1844 under the reign of Emperor Thieu Tri.
4. Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi dates back to the 6th Century, making it the oldest of its kind in the city. It is a Buddhist shrine and stands at 15 metres tall.
5. Bai Dinh Pagoda in Nin Binh Province is worth the visit to explore the 500 carved statues of Buddha. One of these is a bronze Buddha that stands at 10 metres tall.
6. Perfume Pagoda was built in the 15th Century and is a series of Buddhist temples built into the side of a mountain range. It’s around 60 kilometres from Hanoi and is accessible by boat.
7. Van Thuy Tu Temple is located in Mui Ne and is the largest and the oldest whale temple in the region. It houses whale skeletons, fishing boards and other artefacts from the Nguyen Dynasty.
8. Giac Lam Pagoda is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh and is listed as an important historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture. It includes a 32 metre tall stupa.
9. Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh is also known as Tortoise Pagoda. It was built in the early 1900s for Mahayanist Buddhists.
10. The Mieu Temple was constructed in 1821 and includes an ancestral temple that houses a three-tiered pavilion, as well as personal items that once belonged to the 10 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.
If you’re planning a trip for 2017 and want to go to the best locations, contact E|Habla Luxury Travel Agency at 1800 990 998 for your next luxury travel holidays and any travel insurance needs.
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