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Four guardian god temples of Thang Long-Hanoi

Thang Long’s four guardian god temples have vital locations in Hanoi. They were built as soon as King Ly Cong Uan established the country’s capital in Thang Long (now Hanoi).



Thang Long Tay Tran (Thang Long Citadel’s Western Guardian God Temple), also called Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) Temple, with its large campus and lush green trees is one of the popular scenic places in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi





The Temple is dedicated to Royal Highness Linh Lang, the son of King Ly Thanh Tong who was the western guardian god of the Thang Long Citadel


It was built in the Year of the 7th Chuong Thanh Gia Khanh (1065) during the Dynasty of King Ly Thanh Tong in the former Thu Le Village, western Thang Long Citadel (today located near Kim Ma Street and Thu Le Zoological Garden in Ba Dinh District)


Kim Lien temple was built during ealier years of Ly Dynasty, in honor of Cao Son Dai Vuong (Saint Cao Son), one of the fifty sons of Lac Long Quan and Au Co (ancestors of the Vietnamese nation)


The temple is located in Kim Lien Village, Phuong Lien Ward, Dong Da District in the south of Hanoi













Quan Thanh temple in the north of Thang Long citadel worships God Huyen Thien Tran Vu who helped Hung King defeat invaders and helped people to prevent ghosts and natural disasters


The temple was built during the Ly Dynasty and has undergone repairs. The temple now has architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty and maintains some relics dated from Le Trung Hung King


Kneeling elephant statue in Quan Thanh temple


In front of the temple is a flower garden with a number of ancient trees on the yard





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