Hanoi is a center of Vietnamese Buddhism over 1000 historical years because of its over 600 pagodas and temples. Even some of them are not only the religious relics but the well-known tourist attractions as well.
With the extraordinary architecture and a long history, Ambassadors Pagoda boasts the Hanoi city’s precious treasure, where has become the Vietnam Buddhist Association’s Headquarters since 1858.
The Quan Su Temple is located in 73, Quan Su street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi city. Formerly, it is Yen Tap village, Tho Xuong district, Thang Long.
According to the information of history, the name “Quan Su” has origin from the old word “embassy”. In the dynasty of King Le The Tong, Champa and Laos countries usually sent ambassadors for offering tributes for us. For this reason, the King built some houses calling Quan Su Temple used as a resting place for the Ambassadors of Laos, Champa, when visiting Thang Long. Due to they are devout Buddhist, the King built a pagoda following the Buddhism architecture for ambassadors that’s why its name is Quan Su temple.
In the end of Le dynasty, there were many burned pagodas around the country but luckily, Quan Su temple was saved for experiencing many renovations. In 1822, this temple was official opened to public where is always filled in visitors and worshipers.
The 3-storey pagoda has three-stage roofs. The middle of building is belfry. Besides, there is also a wide paved courtyard where from this place, you just need to step up the extra 11 steps for seeing the main hall.
The Buddha hall is decorated stately with the quite big statues painted gold. The last inside place worships three sages; next is Amitabha; the two sides are goddess of mercy and Mahasthamaprapta.
In the lower level, the middle of area worships Buddha; 2 sides are A-nan-đà and Ma-ha-ca-diếp; the last one is Guan Yin and ksitigarbha statue.
The right object worships Nguyen Minh Khong – the teacher of the prince with 2 attendants. The left object worships Duc Ong, Chau Suong and Quan Binh stutes. The inside place is library, lecture hall, guest house and bonze rooms.
How to get there
You had better start your trip in the northern Hoan Kiem lake along Hang Bong and Hang Gai streets where are 2 main ways of Hanoi Old Quarter. When meeting the intersection to Hang Su and Hang Da, you can turn left onto the Quan Su Temple for walking down to the Hai Ba Trung ‘s intersection.
The easiest way to find Quan Su temple is to take part in a Vietnam Tour. All of thing you need to do is seat back and see the Hanoi’s charm. It just takes you about 10 – 15 minutes for walking to come Quan Su temple without moving by public transport.
Opening hours: 7:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:30 – 5:30 pm.