Thay Pagoda Travel Guide
Located just 30 kms outside of Hanoi, this popular tourist attraction is a must-see if you are staying in the capital for a few days. It is deep-rooted in Vietnamese history and, despite being renovated many times, dates back to the 8th century.
It is also known as Thien Phuc (which means Heavenly Blessing) and is dedicated to Sakyamuni, a very important and ancient Buddha. Many local people come here to pray, to make merit with the monks and also to find inner calm when times may be tough. It is located within beautiful grounds which are actually an attraction within their own right.
To the left of the main altar within the pagoda, you will find a life-sized statue of a monk. This is actually an image of the 12th century monk Tu Dao Hanh, who was the master who the pagoda is named after. To the right of the monk is a statue of King Ly Nhan Tong, who, in folklore, is said to have been a reincarnation of Tu Dao Hanh. It is these two statues that the pagoda is most famous for.
Getting There & Away
As the site is just 30kms away from the capital, the nearest airport is Hanoi international. Once you have reached Hanoi by air, either by a domestic or an international flight, it is possible to take a taxi or bus from the airport and also from the center of Hanoi.