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If you walk on Duong Than Nien street, on the dyke between Ho Tay Lake and Truc Bach Lake, you will see this temple built on the 11th century. It has been rebuilt several times, but it seems to be a typical Vietnamese temple where Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are represented (again I am totally uncultured in Asian religions). I just liked the entrance door and again, watching people paying their respects to divinities and praying; inside, as many, it is richly ornate and the incense smell gives the atmosphere. This temple is dedicated to Tran Vo, God of the North, symbolised by Tortoise and Snake; this God saved Truc Bach Lake from the nine tails Fox. . . . . . .
Tran Vo is represented by an impressive black bronze four tonnes heavy statue. Rub his foot, it gives luck!
Lots of artefacts and decorations I do not know what they all mean (Picture 2) can be looked at, you never see all! The dark red lacquer painted ceiling with gold is very harmonious. The guard over the main door (Picture 4) impresses, but does not prevent to go in and pray in front of the elephant god (Picture 5)

Address: Duong Than Nien street

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  • Written Jan 19, 2008
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