Top spiritual places to visit near Hanoi for the traveler

From time immemorial, Hanoi people have had a very rich spiritual life, expressed through religious activities, beliefs, and daily life. Therefore, spiritual tourism is also growing. Not only gives visitors the experience of new land, but spiritual tourism also brings other values for tourists. Here, let’s find out about spiritual tourist destinations near Hanoi.

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Huong pagoda

Since ancient times, the Huong pagoda has been bold in the poems and singing of many generations of Vietnamese people. Every year, every new year to spring, the Huong pagoda is crowded with tourists coming to make pilgrimages, worship Buddha, and visit the pagoda.

Huong Pagoda, also known as Huong Son, is a famous cultural and religious relic in our country with many sacred temples and pagodas. About 55km from the center of Hanoi city, Huong pagoda is located in Huong Son commune, My Duc district. From Hanoi, you can choose from bus, motorbike, car … to move to Huong pagoda. Depending on the needs and purposes of the trip, you should choose for yourself the most suitable means of transportation.

The Huong Pagoda Festival in Hanoi Vietnam
The Huong Pagoda Festival in Hanoi Vietnam

The Huong pagoda festival starts from January to the end of the third lunar month every year. This is an ideal time for tourists from all over the world to return to make a pilgrimage to the Buddha’s ceremony to pray for a peaceful new year.

You can also go to the Huong pagoda at any time of the year. If you come at the end of the third lunar month, it is the time when rice flowers bloom bright red on both sides of the green Yen stream. Or in the last months of the year, especially late October and early November is an ideal time to travel to Huong Pagoda because visitors can sit on a boat to watch the lilies bloom and feel the peaceful scene here.

Tram Pagoda

Tram Pagoda is a famous tourist spiritual destination in Phung Chau Commune, Chuong My district, Hanoi city. About 24km from the city center, visitors can choose from taxi, motorbike, bus or car to move. The road to Tram Pagoda is quite easy to go; following the direction of Nguyen Trai – Ha Dong – Ba la, take Highway 6A to Chuc Son town, then turn right about 2km to arrive.

Tram Pagoda, Chuong My, Hanoi

Tram Pagoda was built based on the cliffs of Tram, also known as Tu Tram Son. The pagoda bears the imprint of the architectural and spiritual culture characteristic of the Northern Delta residents. Tram Pagoda is relatively small but the campus is quite large with many old trees creating a spacious and airy space.

Taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of the 2nd lunar month every year, the Tram pagoda festival is an opportunity for visitors to cross directions to make a pilgrimage to the Buddha’s first year. The festival is solemnly held with many activities, folk games … Especially around the third lunar month is the season of rice flower blooming, Tram mountain is filled with the brilliant red color of rice flowers.

Visitors to Tram Pagoda are not only satisfied with spiritual joy but also admire the unique landscape here. You can also go for picnics, rock climbing, camping, and outdoor activities.

Tay Phuong Pagoda

Tay Phuong Pagoda is one of the special national monuments located on Tay Phuong mountain in Yen village, Thach Xa commune, Thach That district, Hanoi city. Located only about 40km west of the capital, moving to Tay Phuong Pagoda is also quite easy. You follow the direction of Thang Long Avenue through the intersection of Thay Pagoda, then follow the instructions to reach the monument.

Tay Phuong Pagoda (Hanoi)

From the foot of the mountain, to reach the top and main gate of the pagoda, you have to climb 237 steps of laterite. Along the two sides of the path to the pagoda are rows of green trees, shading the pilgrims’ path.

Through many events, ups and downs of history as well as after many restoration and reconstruction; up to now, Tay Phuong pagoda still retains the ancient and unique features that no temple has. This is the convergence of the masterpieces of sculpture, carvings, reliefs, and statues.

Tay Phuong pagoda festival takes place from the 6th to the 10th of March of the lunar calendar. This is an opportunity for visitors to come to the Buddha’s ceremony, pray for health and peace for their families.

Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen Monastery

Yen Tu Truc Lam Zen Monastery, also known as Lan Pagoda or Long Dong Tu, is the largest monastery in our country. The monastery is located on Yen Tu mountain in Nam Mau village, Thuong Yen Cong commune, Uong Bi city, Quang Ninh province.

Yen Tu Mountain (Quang Ninh)
Yen Tu Mountain (Quang Ninh)

The architecture of the temples in Yen Tu was reconstructed in the original Buddhist architecture.

Besides Buddhist temples, a number of new temples were built using modern materials. Inside the monastery is a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha; In front of the Three Jewels, there was a statue of Bodhidharma, in the Arhat, there was a set of wooden statues of 18 famous Arhat.

Every spring, tourists come from all over to Yen Tu to find peace and tranquility in their souls. The Yen Tu Festival is held starting on January 9 and ending at the end of the third lunar month.

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh pagoda is located in the tourist complex of Trang An – Bai Dinh, in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. With a history of nearly 1000 years old, Bai Dinh Pagoda is famous as one of the temples with the most records in our country.

Located 100km from Hanoi and about 12km from Ninh Binh city; it is not difficult for you to find a means of transportation to Bai Dinh.

Bai Dinh pagoda, Ninh Binh, Vietnam (Vietnam National Tourism Year 2021)

January to March of lunar year is considered the most suitable time to travel to Bai Dinh because of the warm and brilliant spring weather. However, if you are not a fan of noise, you should go to another occasion to avoid the peak of the tourist season. Coming to Bai Dinh, you should not miss the following famous attractions: Cao Son Temple, Jade Well, Bell Tower … You can also combine spring travel, Buddha worship and sightseeing in Trang An; where there are the ancient capitals of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Bich Dong.

Hung Temple

Hung Temple is a famous temple complex in Nghia Linh mountain, in Hy Cuong Commune, Viet Tri, Phu Tho. This is the place of worship for King Hung and the king’s shrines; which is considered as a place to store the unique cultural values ​​of the nation.

Therefore, every New Year’s holiday, many tourists choose to visit Hung Temple to commemorate their roots. On the anniversary of Hung Kings on the 10th of March of the lunar calendar, many festival activities such as procession, incense offering, and cake making were held.

The ceremony is celebrated in a solemn atmosphere.
The ceremony is celebrated in a solemn atmosphere.

If you come to Hung Temple on this occasion, you will experience the bustling atmosphere here. Coming to Hung Temple, visitors will visit famous places; such as Hung King Museum, Ha Temple, Trung Temple, and Au Co Mother Temple …

On December 6, 2012, UNESCO recognized Hung Temple as the intangible cultural heritage of mankind.

Hopefully, the above information will help you better understand spiritual tourist destinations near Hanoi; then choose the best trip for your family and relatives.

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