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November 15, 2012
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Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi city, Vietnam

Location: Quan Su Pagoda (or the Ambassadors’ Pagoda) is at 73 Quan Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Characteristic: Quán Sứ Pagoda was originally built in the Le Dynasty in the 15th century. It formerly appeared as a tiny Buddhist Pagoda where was used to host foreign envoys and ambassadors.

Constructed on the land of An Tap Village, Tho Xuong District, which is now named Quan Su Street, Hanoi, Quan Su Pagoda was anciently located near the area of southern gate of Thang Long Capital.

In 1934, the Northern Buddhist Association pointed Quan Su Pagoda to be its headquarters. After that, this pagoda has undergone many occasions of renovation and expansion since 1942 that made it’s a larger and more gorgeous architectural structure. And then in 1958, Quan Su Pagoda was chosen to be the head office of the Vietnam Buddhist Association. The pagoda opens daily from 7.30 to 11.30am and 1.30 to 5.30pm.

Quan Su Pagoda plays an apparently important role in the temple system of Vietnam. Built in the 15th century as a small destination for the Buddhist ambassadors from everywhere to visit, it later was the headquarters of the Tokin Buddhist Association in 1934 before being the headquarters of the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation. It’s a crowed pagoda where is always full of worshipers and visitors. The incense makes this place very dim and smoky. There is a school of Buddhist doctrine located in the rear of the pagoda. Visitors usually come to this pagoda to buy sticks of incense and give prayers at the various altars and sand urns to get good luck. It’s easy to just follow suit, and folks will be glad to help you know what you need to do when you visit here.

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