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Tran Quoc Pagoda

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Chua Tran Quoc

An island temple jutting off a road-bridge between two lakes

A place of worship on a busy traffic thoroughfare just north of national Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh precinct in Hanoi. The ground floor of the temple is busy and jostling but not packed. People walk around, light free incense, take free flowers as a sign of respect and place them in jars of water in front of the main altar region, and take photos of the golden images of Buddha and artistic religious exhibits inside and around the temple. You can buy a cheap can of ice-tub cold soft-drink for under a $1US or buy a cheap souvenir from one of the sheltered vending areas. Concrete footpaths on both sides of the road-bridge provide a spectacular view of the sunset, and a number of very nice looking hotels, an entertainment complex, a McDonalds mimic franchise at the immediate roadside edge of the lake, with a second storey view, and a number of decent looking cafes along the roadside. The lake itself is surrounded by high rise hotels and tall apartment buildings, mainly of the 60-70′s era. Best view of the sunset over the Ho Tay Lake, while the smaller Ho Truc Bach is apparently the site where the US air-forces were captured landing during the war. Many young lovers meet here in the evenings on their motorbikes for a romantic walk. Definitely a must visit…

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