Ha pagoda nestled in a tranquil street in Cau Giay District. You are now single? You hope to seek for your soulmate? Ha Pagoda is definitely your first pick. Interspersed between bustling Hanoi, you can easily catch a pagoda nestled in a peaceful side street in Cau Giay District. Ha Pagoda, a spectacular temple complex and attracts many Buddhists, tourists and even the young Hanoian in order to pray for love.
When was Ha Pagoda constructed?
Related to the history of this temple, there are two legends related to the mysterious history of Ha pagoda.
As the King was over 40 years old but had yet any child, he visited to a small temple in the Dich Vong area now to pray.
The result was that he had a son named Can Duc. The temple was renamed as the pagoda of the Lord ( Thanh Chua Pagoda)
During his visit, the King also went into another temple and gave the money to repair and restore it => Ha Pagoda owned its official name, Pagoda of Holy Virtue (Thánh Ðức Tự).
During the war, many parts of Ha pagoda was destroyed. Thanks to a huge sponsorship from two wealthy families, the pagoda was restored in 1860.
From 1995 to 2003, Dich Vong district’s administrators continued to re-build and upgrade Ha Pagoda and Boi Ha Communal House.
How is the architectural structure of Ha Pagoda like?
All of architectural works of Ha Pagoda are situated on a vast and open space with a lot of green trees.
Three-entrance Gate (Tam Quan Gate): Includes two floors equipped with a stair system on the left side.
Three-entrance Gate propped up by 12 embossed pillars
The floor contains three smaller gate, the middle one of which owns the largest size.
A bronze bell called Thanh Duc Bell (Holy Virtue Bell) is placed on the second part of Three-door temple Gate with the height of 1.2m and and 1.8m square in size.
Bronze Thanh Duc Bell
Unique features can be found on the bell with four sacred animals: Dragon, Qilin, Tortoise and Phoenix.
According to Vietnamese culture and architecture:
Images of the 4 hieratic animals are integral parts of the S-shaped country’s culture, reflecting their desire for peace, prosperity and happiness.
Entering Tam Quan Gate, tourists can catch a large yard full of green old trees:
Stele of Holy Virtue written by District Chief Nguyen Dinh Trach
18 stelae giving information on restoration and sponsorship process of Ha Pagoda
Based on Sino-Vietnamese character Tam, the main pagoda was built into three sections: Tien Duong ( Forecourt), Thuong Dien and Tam Bao (Three Jewels)
Lots of pilgrims find Ha Pagoda to pray for a happy prosper year and a true love[/caption]
Thuong Dien to worship Buddha
Three- life statues placed on it represent for the past, present and future lives of Buddha.
Lord of Ha Pagoda is widespread noted for his supernatural power
A popular saying sings the miracles of “Duc Ong Chua Ha, Duc Ba Chua Huong” (Lord of Ha pagoda and Lady of Perfume Pagoda) to praise Lord and Lady who grant people all their wishes.
Many locals and visitors pray Lord of Ha Pagoda for their wishes. Behind the main pagoda is Dien Mau, a place to worship Priest Tu Dao Hanh
Image of two cranes on tortoises’ back symbolizes for a harmonious relationship between the sky and the earth
An automated sandalwood statue of Tu Ðao Hanh that stands and sits is located in a red lacquered shrine trimmed with gold and covered with a curtain.
Flocks of people are praying in the sanctuary parts of Dien Mau
Dress code: Visitors should pay attention to formal outfits, specifically no hat, shorts or mini skirt when visiting worshipping/sanctuary parts.
How to get there: By bus: 20C, 34, 40, 49 (Cost: 7000 VNDs/ ticket)
From Old quarters:
There are lots of small malls selling offerings and rose flowers for locals and tourists. ( Roses are often used for praying in here.)
When your purpose to visit here is praying for love, you should pray only in Dien Mau, however, you are highly recommended to pray in all sections of Ha pagoda in order to wish a year full of luck, happiness and prosperity.