Quan Su Pagoda

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Quan Su Pagoda
Quan Su Pagoda

The headquarters of the Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Quan Su Pagoda doesn’t boast a long history or impressive architecture, but it is one of Hanoi’s famed treasures, built to welcome foreign dignitaries to the capital.

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Quan Su Pagoda

Luckily, Quan Su was saved when most of the pagodas were burned down at the end of the Le Dynasty. Buy a stick of incense and make an offering at the assorted altars and sand urns.

Quan Su Pagoda
Quan Su Pagoda

Today Quan Su Pagoda is the headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation and is one of the most important temples in Vietnam. Usually jammed to the rafters with worshippers, its interior space is heavy with incense smoke.

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The history

Quan Su is one of the most important temples in the country. Constructed in the 15th century along with a small house for visiting Buddhist ambassadors, in 1934 it became the headquarters of the Tonkin Buddhist Association, and today it is headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation.

Quan Su Pagoda
Quan Su Pagoda

It’s an active pagoda and usually thronged with worshipers; the interior is dim and smoky with incense. To the rear is a school of Buddhist doctrine. For good luck (or for fun), visitors of any stripe are welcome to buy sticks of incense and make offerings at the various altars and sand urns. It’s easy to just follow suit, and folks will be glad to show you what to do.

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