Thay Temple
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Hieu Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I and my friends visited this outskirt town of Ha Noi on a bike trip and were immediately conquered by this destination. From the landscape to its people all left us with memorable moments.

We parked our bikes at a local grocery shop near Thay's pagoda and it charged us only 5.000VND. The lady was so friendly and the items she sold were cheap.

We only had to pay 10.000 VND/each for the entrance fee at Thay's pagoda and an extra 100.000 VND (optional) as a tip for a local tour guide that volunteered to help us. We explored not just the pagoda but a huge cave on top of the mountain which was absolutely stunning. I highly recommend going with them because the site itself is very complicated and they know how to take us (and it is worth the tip).

So much loving this site and we will definitely come back.
Written 24 October 2022
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Thay Temple or "Master's Temple", is everything you would hope for in an ancient Buddhist Temple. Boasting a perfect Feng Shui setting, with the small picturesque lake in the foreground and the mountain at its rear, the structures and gardens are both serene and artfully crafted. Built during the reign of Emperor Nhan Tong of the Ly Dynasty in the 11th Century, this is one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in Vietnam. Pass by buildings of attractive architecture along the lake's edge and cross over one of the arched, covered bridges to access the clearing facing the lake. Here you will see the theater used for water puppet shows, the art of which is believed originated here in the 11th Century. Three buildings are located within the Temple grounds, all are open to tour. The 2nd covered, arched bridge leads to a limestone hill, caves and additional temple, which we did not have the time nor opportunity to explore. Built in 1602, these bridges are named: "Sun" and "Moon". It is difficult to believe that this tranquility exists so near to the bustling metropolis of Hanoi. Places to dine or grab a refreshment line the lush & shady pathway to the lake. Take advantage of the lovely views from a lake-side table which are protected from the sun. Definitely worth the side trip!
Written 27 February 2020
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I visited here during my stay in Hanoi. The temple is not too far out of the city. The lake nearby is also really lovely. The temple also had an incredibly peaceful feel and I particularly enjoyed that. It was the last temple I had a chance to visit in Vietnam and I was glad it was such a nice place. I would definitely recommend trying to fit it in. There are also some interesting villages nearby that have nice markets. I visited So Village on this trip and enjoyed that as well.
Written 8 February 2020
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
located on a little lake, this lod temple is a place of tranquility - if you manage to spend some time there when there are no tourist groups around. you can easily walk around the little lake, and the fitter ones can also climb up the rocks to the High Temple.
Written 11 November 2019
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Markus W
Hanoi, Vietnam11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
People in the town as well as in and around the temples were so excited to have a chat. Even though the language barrier is very real it was a very nice experience to have some beers and a few laughs with them.

They told me if you go into the cave (Cac Co) when single you'll find a girlfriend. So far the myth doesn't stand up, unfortunately.

I was also very lucky to walk into a festival that was on the same day as I was visiting.
Written 10 April 2019
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Ls L
26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
An hour drive from Hanoi, Thay Pagoda seem a Pearl of thís city in history and architecture...very beautiful temple with a hundred of statues...but along way to go up Cao pagoda there are many shops and donations box...made this place became commercial...
Written 6 April 2019
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
An optional tour during our Gate 1 tour of Vietnam, this experience was better than the other visits to temples or pagodas. The main reason was that you could go inside the temple altar areas and see the iconography and sculpture up close. Most other places we went you had to look through window slats to see anything. These particular temples were very ornate and this site is one of the very few that didn't sustain significant damage during the Vietnam war. Should only take about an hour to walk through all the buildings and appreciate the art work. Recommended.
Written 5 April 2018
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MichelleChoongKhoo
56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Thay and Tay Phuong Pagoda, built into dramatic limestone on the hill slope one hour from Hanoi is located in such a lovely picturesque setting, you can almost visualize an epic historical drama movie being shot here.
We were not bowled over by the statues of 18 arhats but the romantic bridge, the promenade and the lake pavilion where we were told was the location of water puppet performances during Budhist festivities, they were stunning.
If you are enroute to Duong Lam ancient village, we will definitely recommend a stopover here before returning to Hanoi.
Written 17 December 2017
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Thuy Le
Da Nang, Vietnam168 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
I always want to visit Thầy pagoda, I admire it's history and love it's landscape.
It's so wonderful landscape here, Vietnamese Traditional Architecture of a pagoda.
But the services are so bad, when I came a woman appear and guided us in the pagoda. She said I don't need to pay any for the tour,
After that, when we finish in about 15' later she ask me money, I give her 50.000vnd but she didn't agree and ask for 100000.
I love this place but don't recommend for foreigners people
Written 22 June 2017
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cookpias
Los Angeles, CA1,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This historic temple is outside of the pretty beside a beautiful lake. It dates from the 12th century, so is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the area. It is dedicated to a master who retreated here, and then is said to have reincarnated into the son of the king (who built the one-pillar pagoda to honor his birth). Wonderful statues. Beautiful karst mountains around it.
Written 26 March 2017
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