Thay Pagoda Hanoi

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Thay Pagoda

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Thay pagoda

Thay Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam is located at the foot of Sai Son mountain in Quoc Oai district, Hanoi. The temple was established in the 11th century during the reign of Ly Nhan Tong of the Ly dynasty. It is dedicated to Vietnamese Thien master Tu Dao Hanh (1072-1116). Take a day bike tour Hanoi, cycling on the back roads to visit Thay pagoda as well as its surrounding villages.

The pagoda is divided into three parts. The entrance hall is the prayer hall. The middle chamber has images of Buddhas surrounded by demons, made of lacquer and garbed in red-coloured attire. The back chamber has statues of the monk.

The temple has three dedications: to King Ly Than Tong (1127 to 1138), to Gautama Buddha and his eighteen arhats and to the Buddhist monk and Thien master Tu Dao Hanh. It is built in a typical Vietnamese architectural style. The main prayer hall of the temple has nearly 100 colourful images of different period. At the entrance to the shrine there are two large clay mixed papier-mâché images of the 7th century, each weighing about a ton; these are considered the largest such images in Vietnam.

The main hall contains the temple’s oldest image, dating from the temple’s foundation: a triptych of Buddha and disciples dating from the 16th century on a high pedestal. There is a 13th-century statue of bodhisattva seated on a lotus throne, which is a wooden statue draped in yellow. It was made in the likeness of the master Dao Hanh in a pensive mood. The statues of Tu Dao Hanh and his reincarnation in the form of Ly Thanh Tong are located in the hall next to each other.

Within the same temple complex there is a small shrine referred to as the “old temple”. It was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1132 and has been renovated several times.

There are two arched bridges connecting to the pagoda. Built in 1602, they are named Sun and Moon. One of these bridges leads to a small island, home to a small Taoist temple representing the elements of earth, air, and water. The second bridge leads to a limestone hill. Dao Hanh, during the last stage of his life, had walked up to this place and disappeared in a cave. This cave is located in the middle of roots of banyans and is hemmed between a small temple built in honour of the monk’s parents and a small pagoda. Both these are religious places from where there are lovely vistas of the entire valley. There is also a limestone grotto known as the hang Cac Co, “the Mischievous”.

How to get to Thay pagoda?

There are several ways for getting to this attraction from downtown Hanoi. You can book a private car with driver; take a local bus; take a bike ride; take a motorbike tour; or just seat on the back of a bike (motor-taxi)…You have many choices depending on your personal interest and budget. At we only provide the following options.

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Car hire Thay pagoda

The following car rental packages are only samples we design for travelers to visit Thay pagoda from Hanoi. These packages include a private car with driver for return transfer from/to downtown Hanoi.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Thay pagoda from Hanoi?

The distance from downtown Hanoi to this tourist attraction is approximately 25 km.

What is the best way to get to Thay pagoda from Hanoi?

The best way to get to Thay pagoda is to hire a car and driver. Because the public transport is slow and busy, drop off place will be far from the site.

Hanoi car rental with driver

At Vietnam Car Hire, we offer a big variety of car types for you to explore this tourist site as well as its surroundings. Options includes economy, compact, full-size, van/minivan, SUVs, MPV, and coaches. Whether you look a 4 Seater Sedan or a 45 Seater Coach for a half day, or one day trip out of Hanoi, we can arrange the transport for you.

Booking a car for a day trip to Thay pagoda is very simple at You can browse the car rental packages above, select the package that suits your needs the most, then proceed to the booking. You can also let us know your car rental requirements by filling this form in, our car hire agent will contact you back with a free quote.

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