Whether driving from the bustling Hoan Kiem County or the bustling Bating County to the West Lake, on the Goldfish Peninsula at the southern end of the West Lake, Zhenguo Temple is often the most dazzling beacon on the West Lake, attracting everyone's attention. Regardless of day or night, Zhenguo Temple has its own unique charm. Zhenguo Temple has a history of thousands of years and has been renovated several times, and it is still the center of faith where the local incense flourishes. The most distinctive feature of Zhenguo Temple is the various pagodas in the temple, enshrining several Buddhas of Sakyamuni, both solemn and peaceful. There are also pagodas with unique Vietnamese Chinese characters plus hán nôm, which not only depict the unique cultural connotations of Vietnam, but also a religious art. There is a tranquil Bodhi tree in the innermost temple of Zhenguo Temple, which is said to be taken from the Bodhi of Sakyamuni's Epiphany in India. Away from the hustle and bustle, standing under the Bodhi tree, looking at the West Lake, trying to put down the body and mind, the Dharma is in it.
I totally fell in love with this little gem of a place. The Tran Qhoc Pagoda is a really cool tiered pagoda located in a quiet, leafy area of Hanoi, and doesn't have the tourist of other temples and pagodas. Cross a small track across the West Lake to reach it and you'll pretty much have the place to yourself! It's in great condition and makes a lovely photo.Take time to explore the whole area (allow around 30-40 minutes as it's quite small), as part of a larger day trip around the city.
This is a lovely pagoda to visit when you're in Hanoi. Located on the north side of town and situated between two lakes, it seems to be a pagoda more frequented by locals than by tourists. There's a large pagoda, place some potted plants dotted around a garden, and two rooms of worship which feature large statues. There's a huge beautiful old tree in the back garden. It's free to enter.
I am not sure why this is not a more popular attraction in Hanoi. The Tran Quoc Pagoda is located in the northern part of Hanoi and is sandwiched between two beautiful lakes. The pagoda is off of Thanh Nien which separates West Lake and Bach Lake, making for a very attractive area to hangout for tourists and locals.