4 famous temples in Hanoi for spring trip

4 famous temples in Hanoi for the spring trip of Argentine tourists

In the early days of the New Year, visiting temples and pagodas has become a good custom of the Vietnamese people as a way to find peace in the soul. In addition, it is also an interesting activity for Argentine tourists traveling to Vietnam on Tet holiday.

“Thang Long Tu Tran” is the phrase referring to 4 sacred temples which were established to guard 4 directions: East, West, South, and North of the old Thang Long Citadel. These are the temples that are considered the spirit of Hanoi so on the occasion of spring, it attracts a lot of local people coming here, including Argentina travelers.

1. Bach Ma Temple

Bach Ma Temple in Hanoi - Vietnam visa

Bach Ma Temple in Hanoi

Bach Ma Temple, located in the east direction of the ancient capital of Thang Long, is one of the most ancient and sacred temples in Hanoi. Previously, the temple belonged to Ha Khau Ward, Huu Tuc District, Tho Xuong District, Hoai Duc District, was built in 866 and was completed in 1010 under King Ly Thai To. This is a large temple with ancient architecture and scale surface, which still retains the architectural features of the Ly, Tran dynasty.

This is a typical relic of Hanoi and still preserves many valuable objects such as the stone inscriptions of the temple, the legend of Long Do, the deities and the ceremony and process of restoration embellished from the Le to Nguyen dynasty.

2. Voi Phuc Temple

Voi Phuc Temple in Hanoi

Voi Phuc Temple in Hanoi

Voi Phuc Temple was located on the west of Thang Long old citadel, now in Ngoc Khanh Ward, Ba Dinh district while in the past, Voi Phuc Temple was covered by the ancient canopy all year round, next to the peaceful village of Thu Le.

In the subconscious folklore, Voi Phuc Temple worshiped Linh Lang – the god is believed to help the king to care for the West of the citadel. According to the legend, Linh Lang was the fourth prince of King Ly Thanh Tong who defeated foreign invaders to defend the country.

3. Kim Lien Temple

Kim Lien temple in Hanoi - Vietnam visa online

Kim Lien temple in Hanoi

Kim Lien is a sacred temple in the south, which worships Cao Son Dai Vuong who was the son of Lac Long Quan and Au Co, one of the 50 children following his mother up to the mountain, together with Son Tinh against Thuy Tinh to bring peace to the people.

According to documents stored at the temple, Kim Lien Temple was built by King Ly Thai To immediately after the establishment of Thang Long capital to protect the new capital in the south.
Later, the villagers of Kim Lien set up a new gate and add the new architecture to form the current Kim Lien temple.

The main funeral, bow and ban bow. On the decorative parts of decorative motifs is lively, meticulous art style of the Nguyen. The back porch is a sticky three-dimensional vertical, built brick ceiling roof tile, in the house built dome… Kim Lien Temple still preserves the ancient stone stonework was erected in 1772 engraved myth and song Praise the god was composed in 1510 and 39 degrees of the dynasty.
Every year, on the 16th day of the third lunar month, villagers in Kim Lien re-organized the traditional festival.

4. Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple in Hanoi - Vietnam visa

Quan Thanh Temple in Hanoi

Quan Thanh Temple is also known as Tran Vu Quan which worships Huyen Thien Tran Vu who often helped people exorcise and against foreign invaders according to Vietnamese mythology.
Quan Thanh Temple was built by King Ly Thai To in 1010 to protect the north of the city. The most prominent in the temple is Huyen Thien Tran Vu statue sitting on a 1.5m high green stone pedestal. The statue is cast in black copper, nearly 4 meters high, 4,000 kg weight, representing the sophisticated art of bronze castings by craftsmen in Ngu Xa village.

Quan Thanh Temple has the sanctuary architecture. In front of the gate, there are 4 high pillars built on large stone plates. In addition to Huyen Thien Tran bronze statue in bronze, the temple still preserves many valuable relics including the big bell dating from 1677 and the copper board dating from 1841.
Together with the temples of Voi Phuc, Bach Ma Temple, and Kim Lien Temple, Quan Thanh Temple created the spirit of Thang Long citadel.

Just-in: If you are an Argentina citizen and wish to make a visit to those temples, don’t forget to take a look at the following note for Vietnam visa requirements.

Vietnam visa for Argentina citizens

Vietnam visa for Argentina citizens

As an Argentina citizen, you are required to obtain a valid visa to enter Vietnam. The information about the process and documents to apply for Vietnam visa for Argentina citizens can be officially found on websites of Vietnam embassies. Normally, the documents normally include:

♦ Travel:

  • The original passport has at least 1 blank page and still has a minimum duration of 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam.
  • Visa application form.
  • 1 photos (4×6 cm).
  • A copy of the first and last pages of the passport.
  • Return air ticket or a third country/ Hotel booking
  • Statement of account (at least 3 months) with the acceptable balance of VND 50,000,000.

♦ Business:

  • The original passport has at least 1 blank page and still has a minimum duration of 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam.
  • Visa application form.
  • 1 photo (4×6 cm).
  • A copy of the first and last pages of the passport.
  • Return air ticket or a third country/ Hotel booking
  • Statement of account (at least 3 months) with the acceptable balance of VND 50,000,000.
  • Letters of acceptance from the Vietnam immigration office.

Note: Other documents may be added if requested by the diplomatic mission.

If you find this process of applying for Vietnam visa for Argentina is too complicated in terms of documents, you can make it simpler via Visa on arrival which can be obtained at Vietnam airport with a visa approval letter obtained beforehand via https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html with no document required.

Full details of these two options to get Vietnam visa for Argentina are also available here: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/guide/argentina/.