Vietnam is an increasingly intriguing proposition for travellers. If you’re keen to explore during your personalised Vietnam holiday and you’re eager to learn more about the history and culture of this fascinating country, a tour of Vietnam’s temple cities may be just up your street. Here are some highlights to include in your plans.
Hanoi is a unique, enigmatic city, which draws visitors in from all corners of the globe. If you’re interested in Vietnamese culture or architecture, Hanoi won’t disappoint. You could spend days touring the temples of Hanoi, but if you’re short on time, it’s best to start with Hanoi’s most visited temple, Ngoc Son Temple. The name translates as ‘Temple of the Jade Mountain’ and it is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao. Its picturesque spot on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake is part of the draw, but the building itself is also stunning. Connected by an ornamental bridge, Huc Bridge, you’ll be enchanted by ornate detailing and beautiful art work as you cross. The setting is incredibly tranquil, which makes it a popular place to relax and reflect for both tourists and locals. The Temple of Literature is also worth a visit while in Hanoi.
If you’re visiting the historic city of Hue, take some time to discover Thien Mu Pagoda. Located just a short drive away from the city, this beautiful structure overlooks the Perfume River. The pagoda boasts an eye-catching 21-metre high octagonal tower, which has seven storeys. The tower, Thap Phuoc Duyen, is dedicated to a manushi-buddha, a Buddha that could be seen in human form. The beauty of Thien Mu Pagoda attracts tourists in their droves, so try and visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Ho Chi Minh
If you’re exploring Ho Chi Minh City, take a moment to enjoy some peace and quiet at the iconic Jade Emperor Pagoda. You’ll notice the aromatic smell of incense lingering in the air and spot the rusty red walls and intricate awnings long before you reach the temple. This temple was built in 1909 and is dedicated to the Taoist god, Ngoc Huang, also known as the Jade Emperor. The impressive structure is adorned with statues of important figures from both Buddhist and Taoist history and the embellished roof tiles glisten in the sunshine.
If you’re visiting Vietnam, don’t forget to make time to see the sights and tour the temples.