Tay Phuong pagoda in Hanoi recognized as national tourist attraction

Friday, 22/07/2022 15:04
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Manh Quyen has signed a decision to recognize Tay Phuong Pagoda, a national special relic site in Thach That district, Hanoi, as a national tourist attraction.
Tay Phuong pagoda in Hanoi recognized as national tourist attraction (Source: hanoimoi.com.vn) 

The municipal People's Committee has assigned the Culture, Information and Sports Centre of the district to manage, exploit and develop the tourism site in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Tourism and related legal documents.

Located 40km north west of Hanoi centre, Tay Phuong Pagoda was built around the eighth century and is the second oldest pagoda in Vietnam after Dau Pagoda in the northern province of Bac Ninh. It is the combination of three pagodas, Ha, Trung and Thuong, reported VNA.

Besides its original architecture, Tay Phuong Pagoda is well known for being home to unique works of ancient Vietnamese Buddhist sculptures including carvings and statues.

Among 64 statues, 18 Arhats date back nearly 300 years. The most impressive is the statue of Guanyin Buddha with one thousand eyes and one thousand hands.

The pagoda was listed as a national special heritage site in 2014. A year later, a collection of more than 70 Buddha and Arhats statues were recognised as national treasures./.