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Bach Ma Temple

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Address: Hang Boum, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Patron Saint of Hanoi is the white horse

The main reason for visiting Bach Ma (White Horse) Temple is to see the white horse and learn about the legend. This temple was originally by a small river but when the king... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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puerto princesa
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The main reason for visiting Bach Ma (White Horse) Temple is to see the white horse and learn about the legend. This temple was originally by a small river but when the king decided to build the wall around the city he saw a huge white horse emerge from the temple and gallop through the area. The king decided the... More 

Thank palawandave
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

The Bach Ma Temple is also worth a stop when you are strolling around in the bust streets of the old town. This temple is stated to be one of the oldest in Hanoi but inside it looks like many of the others. It is a breathing hole and a good photo opportunity.

Thank Chokk
Papamoa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

While strolling around the old quarter it is always worth a quick peak into this temple, as actually is the case with all temples here.

Thank David B
Rayong, Thailand
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Many of the references to Bach Ma Temple claim that is the oldest temple in Hanoi. But other temples, such as Chua Tran Quoc Pagoda make similar claims. Maybe the difference is between what is called a temple and what is called a pagoda. Whatever, Bach Ma Temple is old. Very old. It was built in the early 11th century... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

It's free to get in, supposedly original site of settlement and is still a working temple. It's worth. Visit just to experience peace just a few metres from the craziness of the Old Quarter.

Thank ChinaRich
Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

This small temple in the middle of the old quarter is worth a visit if you happen to pass by. It is a small temple more than a thousand years old and contains a white horse. According to the legend a magic white horse indicated the location to build a fortified wall to protect the city from its enemy.

Thank Patrick H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

It is claimed to be the oldest temple in Hanoi and was built in 11century and referred to as the White Hose Temple.The building that exist today was built in the 18th century. it is a little different to the many small shops and restaurants in the Old Quarter

Thank Oldjack
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Situated in the middle of Hanoi's Old Quarter is the city's oldest temple. The temple is smaller than most temples in Hanoi and was built to honor a white horse that guided emperor Ly Thai To on where to build the city's walls. This site would be mostly for people interested in historic temples. The white horse stands guard and... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

it is said to be the oldest temple in hanoi. it is coloured yellow with brown pillars. the doors and pillars are all engraved. on the roof you will notice 2 dragons. it is very quiet and calm in this place

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

I rather liked this place. As someone who has visited about a million temples in her time, I was not expecting much, but this place exceeded those expectations. As the area around it, it was full of character, is really old, yet well maintained. This place is apparently the oldest temple in Hanoi and is dedicated to a white horse... More 

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