The Tieu Son Pagoda, Bac Ninh, VietnamA comprehensive collection of lovely old pagodas in Vietnam which provides interesting insights into the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people as well as some of the history of the country. Buddhism came to Vietnam in the 2nd Century A.D. and was for some time a state religion. Pagodas in Vietnam somehow have had some attachment to the history of Vietnam and the Vietnamese culture. Let's journey back in time to discovery Vietnam with Paradissa's collection of the best ancient pagodas in the country.

  • Angkorajaborey Pagoda, also called Ang Pagoda, is located in the Ba Om Pond area ( Ao Ba Om) and opposite the Khmer Museum, 5km west of Tra Vinh Town. Ang Pagoda is among the oldest Khmer-styled pagodas in the Mekong Delta.

  • Hoa Lu was the site of the ancient capital city of Vietnam in the 10th century. Vietnam adopted Buddhism as the national religion at the time, and Hoa Lu and the adjacent area were home to a number of Buddhist pagodas under the patronage of the royal court. Bai Dinh Pagoda was among the most sacred Buddhist pagodas at the time and in 2003 a new Bai Dinh Pagoda was built in the same valley  with the old Bai Dinh Pagoda and claimed one of the biggest Buddhist pagodas in Asia...The old Bai Dinh Pagoda is still well preserved and shrouded in the Zen atmosphere on top of the Dinh Mountain.

  • Chua Doi, or Wat Mahatup is a Khmer-styled Pagoda built around the 16th century, 4km from of Soc Trang City. The pagoda is home to huge century-old trees and about one million bats each of which is about 1kg in weight and with wing-span of 1m to 1.5m. The bats leave the pagoda at night to look for food and come back early next day. The bats at Chua Doi don't eat fruits within the pagoda's area.

  • Bich Dong is a cave pagoda built in the 15th century at Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. Bich Dong Pagoda comprises 3 pagodas here called Chua Ha, Chua Trung and Chua Thuong all of which are built leaning against a limestone mountain. The main building is the Cave Pagoda (Chua Trung) built into a cave in the mountain.

  • The But Thap Pagoda is in Dinh To, Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh Province, northern Vietnam. The official name of the pagoda is Ninh Phuc Tu. But Thap is located in the region of Kinh Bac where Buddhism first arrived in Vietnam in the 2nd century and where there was the ancient citadel of Luy Lau which was the capital of Vietnam back in the 2nd century A.D.

  • Chen Kieu Pagoda is a Khmer-styled pagoda in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang. Chen Kieu Pagoda is 10km from Soc Trang City, on the way from Soc Trang  to Bac Lieu. Chen Kieu Pagoda was first built in the 19th century and rebuilt in 1969.

  • Dau Pagoda in Bac Ninh Province was built in the 2nd century A.D and claimed the oldest pagoda in Vietnam and the 'Cradle' of Buddhism in the country. That time, Vietnam had been invaded and ruled by the Chinese Han. The territory was called Giao Chi and the capital city of Giao Chi was Luy Lau. 

  • Hang Pagoda (Cave Pagoda or Tunnel Pagoda) also called Kompom Chray Pagoda is 5km from Tra Vinh Town. The area of over 2 hecta of Hang Pagoda is completely covered in green forest. Hang Pagoda is also home to hundreds if not thousands of birds and storks. Visiting the Hang Pagoda, you will have to be careful not to be bombarded by their droppings which are like rain drops in late afternoon.

  • The Kh'leang Pagoda in Soc Trang Vietnam is among the most beautiful Khmer Pagodas in town and in the Mekong Delta. The Kleang Pagoda is 1km from the center of Soc Trang City. If you travel to Soc Trang from Tra Vinh or Can Tho, then the pagoda is right on the way into the city boasting its splendid architecture and lush timber trees.

  • The Mia Pagoda is located in Dong Sang Village, Duong Lam Commune, Son Tay Town, Hanoi. The pagoda is among the most beautiful ancient pagodas in Vietnam.

  • Nom Village is one of a few villages in Vietnam that still preserves ancient houses and architectures. One of the architectural gems of Nom Village is Nom Pagoda.

  • The One Pillar Pagoda (also known as Dien Huu or Lien Hoa Dai) is located near Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum in Hanoi. The site was originally in the Royal Garden when the pagoda was first built.

  • The Perfume Pagoda is actually a complex of pagodas built into mountain cliffs located 60 km (2 hour drive) southwest of Ha Noi. This area is the destination for Vietnamese Buddhist Pilgrims during Buddhist festival time which is from the 6th of the first lunar month through the 15th of the third lunar month. In the festival's time, Perfume Pagoda may receive up to 30, 000 visitors/day.

  • Phat Tich Pagoda is in Phat Tich Village, Tien Du District, Bac Ninh Province, 30km from Hanoi. The pagoda is perched on the slope of the Phat Tich Mountain with different buildings along the path from the foot of the mountain leading to the top. The whole complex of Phat Tich Pagoda faces southward overlooking the Red River.

  • Pho Minh Pagoda is in Tuc Mac Village, 4km north of Nam Dinh City and 94km south of Hanoi. The pagoda had been built when the Ly Dynasty was still ruling Vietnam, but was expanded in 1262 and later by the Tran Kings.

  • The Samrong Ek Pagoda in Tra Vinh is among the oldest Khmer-styled pagodas in the area. The name Samrong Ek means the Lonely Samrong tree which was in front of the pagoda earlier. The Samrong Ek Pagoda is 3km from the center of Tra Vinh Town and is surrounded by forests of high timber trees of hundred years old. The garden of the Samrong Ek Pagoda has statues depicting different stories of Buddhism. Visiting the Samrong Ek Pagoda, the visitors can consult the chief monk on meditation and Zen Buddhism.

  • Thay Pagoda (The Master Pagoda) was first built from the 12 century by Master Tu Dao Hanh. The pagoda has a nice setting with surrounding mountains and lakes. There are 03 main buildings: the back one is for worshiping the monks who had practiced here; the middle one is for honoring Buddhism and the front one is for ceremonies.

  • Tram Gian Pagoda or Quang Nghiem Tu is located on top of the Tran Mountain with large garden of old big timber trees. The pagoda was built in the 12th century (around 1185 A.D) and the name of the pagoda means “The Pagoda of a Hundred Compartments”. Most of the current architecture was from the 17th century.

  • Tieu Son Pagoda was built around the 10th century A.D, located on the mountain of Tieu, 20km north of Hanoi. Tieu Son Pagoda was where King Ly Cong Uan, who later founded Hanoi to be the capital city of Vietnam was brought up and trained to be one of the most visionary kings of the nation. 

  • Yen Tu Pagoda is a complex of pagodas in the mountain of Yen Tu in Quang Ninh Province; 14km from Mao Khe Town, 60km from Halong City and 110km from Hanoi.