Location: 364 Lac Long Quan Street, Xuan La Ward, Tay Ho District, Ha Noi
Characteristics: This is the famous ancient pagoda in Ha Noi.
(TITC) - Van Nien Pagoda was built in 1011, one year after King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh Province) to Thang Long (now Ha Noi). Through over 1,000 years with many ups and downs of history, present, Van Nien Pagoda is imbued Nguyen Dynasty’s architectural style with the shape of Han character “Dinh” (丁), including main items such as three-door gate, front shrine, sanctum, Holy Mother’s shrine, ancestors’ shrine, etc. Of which, Holy Mother’s shrine worships Holy Mother Lieu Hanh, one of four immortals according to Vietnamese folk beliefs.
The sanctum of the pagoda possesses many Buddha statues, notably the 1.3m-high and 600kg-weigh statue of Shakyamuni Buddha made from Myanmar jade.
Van Nien Pagoda is also preserved many valuable artifacts such as 11 genie ordinance records dated in Le and Tay Son dynasties; two bronze bells dated in Nguyen Dynasty and many other worshipping objects. Especially, on the bronze bell cast under the reign of King Gia Long (1802-1820), there is a chronicle describing large Van Nien Pagoda in the west of ancient Thang Long Capital.
Since 1996, Van Nien Pagoda has been recognized as National Art Architecture Relic.