Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi and Buu Long Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City have been listed among the top 20 most beautiful Buddhist temples voted by the US magazine National Geographic.
|Tran Quoc pagoda in Hanoi (Photo: baophapluat.vn)|
Tran Quoc pagoda is located on a small peninsula on the east side of the West Lake and is nearly 1,500 years old. It was the Buddhist centre of Thang Long citadel during the Ly and Tran Dynasty.
According to the magazine, the 11-story red pagoda is topped by a nine-story gemstone lotus. Gold and bronze statues clutter altars throughout the temple, and three different female Buddhas, called “Mothers,” can be found in Tran Quoc’s front courtyard.
With its historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc pagoda has attracted many Buddhists and visitors in Vietnam and from abroad.
Buu Long Pagoda, which is located on an area of over 11 hectares at the Ethnic Culture Historical Park in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, formed by Venerable Vo Ha Thuat in 1942.
The National Geographic highlights that the pagoda features carved dragons that curve down the temple stairs and a turquoise pool reflects the temple’s white walls and golden spires.
Other 18 most beautiful Buddhist temples voted by the US magazine are Bagan (Myanmar), Wat Benchamabophit (Thailand), Seiganto-ji (Japan), Wat Rong Khun (Thailand), Paro Taktsang (Bhutan), Taung Kalat (Myanmar), Wat Xieng Thong (Laos), Buddhist and Taoist Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong (China), Kye Gompa (India), Mahabodhi (India), Byodo-In (Hawaii), Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Gyeongbokgung Palace(the Republic of Korea), Datsan Gunzechoinei (Russia), Gangtey Monastery (Bhutan), Kopan Monastery (Nepal), Borobudur (Indonesia) and Thean Hou (Malaysia).
Buu Long pagoda, HCM City, Vietnam
Complex of temples in Bagan, Indonesia
Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Rong Khun, Thailand
Paro Taktsang, Bhutan
Taung Kalat, Myanmar
Wat Xieng Thong, Laos
Man Mo, Hong Kong, China
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