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Discover Bach Ma Temple - Famous Buddhist Temple in Hanoi
Updated at Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017, 11:02
Located in the heart of the Old Quarter at 76 Hang Buom Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, the small Bach Ma Temple is more than 1,000 years old, the oldest temple in the capital city.
The shrine, also known as the White Horse Temple, was built by the order of King Ly Thai To, the governor of Hanoi, in the 11th century.  However, the architectural construction seen today is more reminiscent of the 18th due to a massive reconstruction.
The translation of Bach Ma is ́White Horse ́ and this refers to a story behind the construction of the Temple. King Ly Thai To had been struggling to build the temple as its walls kept collapsing. It is said that a white horse delineated the best area to build the temple with its hooves to help the king in constructing the temple.
You enter the temple through some ancient wooden doors after which you will be able to see the beautifully decorated interior and a red-lacquered funeral palanquin. Inside the temple, you will find a statue of the white horse, a shrine to Confucius and a Phoenix Altar for offerings to the four seasons.
Bach Ma Temple is still actively used by worshippers who come here to burn incense and pray, it is a well maintained small temple that is easily reached and offers an opportunity to see locals practice their beliefs. Entrance is free of charge. Admission to the temple is free.  It’s open 7 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 5 pm daily.

 
Discover Bach Ma Temple - Famous Buddhist Temple in Hanoi.
Discover Bach Ma Temple - Famous Buddhist Temple in Hanoi.
Located in the heart of the Old Quarter at 76 Hang Buom Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, the small Bach Ma Temple is more than 1,000 years old, the oldest temple in the capital city.
Located in the heart of the Old Quarter at 76 Hang Buom Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, the small Bach Ma Temple is more than 1,000 years old, the oldest temple in the capital city.
The shrine, also known as the White Horse Temple, was built by the order of King Ly Thai To, the governor of Hanoi, in the 11th century.
The shrine, also known as the White Horse Temple, was built by the order of King Ly Thai To, the governor of Hanoi, in the 11th century.
However, the architectural construction seen today is more reminiscent of the 18th due to a massive reconstruction.
However, the architectural construction seen today is more reminiscent of the 18th due to a massive reconstruction.
The translation of Bach Ma is ́White Horse ́ and this refers to a story behind the construction of the Temple.
The translation of Bach Ma is ́White Horse ́ and this refers to a story behind the construction of the Temple.
King Ly Thai To had been struggling to build the temple as its walls kept collapsing.
King Ly Thai To had been struggling to build the temple as its walls kept collapsing.
It is said that a white horse delineated the best area to build the temple with its hooves to help the king in constructing the temple.
It is said that a white horse delineated the best area to build the temple with its hooves to help the king in constructing the temple.
You enter the temple through some ancient wooden doors after which you will be able to see the beautifully decorated interior and a red-lacquered funeral palanquin.
You enter the temple through some ancient wooden doors after which you will be able to see the beautifully decorated interior and a red-lacquered funeral palanquin.
Inside the temple, you will find a statue of the white horse, a shrine to Confucius and a Phoenix Altar for offerings to the four seasons.
Inside the temple, you will find a statue of the white horse, a shrine to Confucius and a Phoenix Altar for offerings to the four seasons.
Bach Ma Temple is still actively used by worshippers who come here to burn incense and pray, it is a well maintained small temple that is easily reached and offers an opportunity to see locals practice their beliefs.
Bach Ma Temple is still actively used by worshippers who come here to burn incense and pray, it is a well maintained small temple that is easily reached and offers an opportunity to see locals practice their beliefs.

 
Ho Ha - Mai Nguyen
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