Vietnamese pagodas listed among world’s top 20 most beautiful Buddhist temples

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Ha Noi and Buu Long Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City have been named in the top 20 of the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples by the US magazine National Geographic.

Vietnamese pagodas listed among world’s top 20 most beautiful Buddhist temples

Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on a small island in the east side of Hanoi’s West Lake. It is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in the city at more than 1,500 years-old. The pagoda has a tower of 11 storeys with the high of 15m was built in 1998, each of which has six vaulted windows and each window has an Amitabha Buddha statue in precious gems. On the top of the tower is a nine-story gemstone lotus. Tran Quoc Pagoda was the center of Buddhism in Thang Long imperial city (former name of Hanoi) during the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) and the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400).
Buu Long pagoda (also called To Dinh Buu Long) covering on an area of 11 hectares located in district 9, about 20km away from HCMC. A crescent-shaped a turquoise lake in front of the pagoda reflects the temple’s white walls and Gotama Cetiya tower. It is called the tower Buddhist Relics Tower that is used for worshiping and storing Buddhist sarira.
Other 18 most beautiful Buddhist temples listed by the US magazine are Bagan (Myanmar), Wat Benchamabophit (Thailand), Seiganto-ji (Japan), Wat Rong Khun (Thailand), Paro Taktsang (Bhutan), Taung Kalat (Myanmar), Wat Xieng Thong (Laos), Buddhist and Taoist Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong (China), Kye Gompa (India), Mahabodhi (India), Byodo-In (Hawaii), Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Gyeongbokgung Palace(the Republic of Korea), Datsan Gunzechoinei (Russia), Gangtey Monastery (Bhutan), Kopan Monastery (Nepal), Borobudur (Indonesia) and Thean Hou (Malaysia).

By THUY QUYEN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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