The One Pillar Pagoda
A pagoda located in the Huong Son commune near Hanoi, this Buddhist pagoda is considered by many to be the most important religious site in the country. You will find families coming to the pagoda to pray at all times of the year. You can also find the pagoda located in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, so there is no shortage of other activities to do while you are visiting the complex.
Temple Of Literature
A Confucian temple founded in 1070, the Temple of Literature is home to the first university in Vietnam. Its architecture dates back to the Ly and Tran dynasties that ruled the country for over 700 years. It is one of the famous temples in Vietnam, and featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese Dong banknote.
The Temple of Literature has five courtyards, one containing the Well of Heavenly Clarity while some are resting areas for resident scholars and monks. The fourth courtyard houses altars of Confucius’ 72 most decorated students and the fifth is where the Quoc Tu Giam, or Imperial Academy, stands. One of the temples in Hanoi, Vietnam, you will not have any difficulty finding this temple and it is the perfect place for a zen-like experience during your stay in the city.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Located in the village of Huong Long, this beautiful temple is at a distance of 5 km from the city of Hue. The temple is situated on the banks of the Perfume River and is a very well preserved tourist attraction. Built during the time of the ruler Thieu Tri, this is one of the most beautiful Vietnamese temples. The seven-story Pagoda of this temple is unofficially considered to be the city’s symbol. Moreover, this temple has always been a part of the Vietnamese folklore.
Yen Tu Pagoda
Known for its zen-like atmosphere, the Yen Tu Pagoda is located on the Yen Tu mountain peak, overlooking lush forests below. It is located between Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay, 110km from the capital city and 50km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a nice pitstop on your way to Ha Long Bay. There are cable cars that can take you up the mountain, priced at 280,000 VND for a return ticket.
Cao Dai Temple
12:00 PM is an ideal time for visitors to visit this famous Cao Dai Temple of Tay Ninh Province, which is about 100 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.
This temple was built in 1933 and completed in 1974. However, it was not inaugurated until 1955. The main building of this temple is 140 meters in length and 40 meters in width along with two bell towers, which are 25 meters high, Tam Dai, which is 36 meters in height, Cuu Trung Dai and Bat Quy Dai, which are both 30 meters high.
Jade Emperor Pagoda
One of the most important shrines you should add to your bucket list is Jade Emperor Pagoda (Ngoc Hoang Pagoda) – the city’s popular religious site. Built in 1892, the pagoda leaves a strong impression on tourists by a Chinese architectural style with colorful Yin-Yang roof and brick decoration. Though 100 statues in the pagoda made of cartridge papers are approximately 100 years old, they still look new and wonderful.
Emperor Jade Pagoda is indeed a living and working shrine in use by the locals who frequently come here to say prayers or make votive offerings of light candles, joss sticks and flowers. Due to the increased number of the worshippers, the place may become busy and feel a little cramped. Along with serving as a place for worship, it is also great for photograph lovers to have breathtaking shots, especially in the morning sunlight.
Mariamman Hindu Temple
As the principal temple for many Hindus in Ho Chi Minh City, Mariamman Hindu Temple is dedicated to Mariamman, the God of fertile land, excellent crop, good heath, and happy life. Built in the late 19th century, the temple has been still well-maintained, thanks to the great assistance from the government.
In the heart of the temple, it is easy to realize a statue of the Goddess Mariamman surrounded by two Hindu guardian deities and two lingams. Worshippers often come here with offerings of joss sticks and flowers. There are also 2 magnificent towers on the roof adorned with Hindu gods, goddesses and lions. To show your respect, do not forget to remove your shoes before stepping up onto the inside temple.