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Tay Phuong Pagoda named as Special National Relic of Hanoi

The recognition once again acknowledges the values of the ancient pagoda which has rare masterpieces in religious sculpture.

Hanoi has recognized Tay Phuong Pagoda, Vietnam's second oldest pagoda built in the 8th century, as a Special National Relic.

An ancient Buddha statue in Tay Phuong Pagoda. Photo: Lemon Tree

Accordingly, authorities in Thach That District where the pagoda is located will be responsible for managing and developing the place in accordance with law and related documents to ensure good conservation missions. 

Located some 30km away from Hanoi’s downtown, Tay Phuong Pagoda, also known as Sung Phuc Pagoda, is the second oldest pagoda in Vietnam after Dau Pagoda with more than 1750 years of history in Bac Ninh Province.

Tay Phuong Pagoda was rebuilt in 1636 under the reign of King Le Than Tong and underwent complete renovation in 1794 when it took the name “Tay Phuong Ancient Pagoda” under the Tay Son dynasty.

According to local historians, the famous religious tourist attraction consists of three single-level structures built in descending order on a hillock that is said to resemble a buffalo.

It is a very special architecture with double-tiered roofs following the Buddhist and Confucianism conception, which is the three constructions symbolize the three forces governing the world.

The highlight of the pagoda is its 72 magnificent wooden Buddha statues that are on display inside the main hall.

Tay Phuong Pagoda is not only a cultural heritage but also an ideal destination for tourists around the world to discover the cultural values and typical scenery of a peaceful village in Northern Vietnam.