Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam with many famous destinations, one of the most famous things of Hanoi is the four ancient temples known as “Thang Long four guardians”. It is the normal name of 4 sacred temples in Hanoi that are located in 4 main directions of ancient Thang Long: Bach Ma temple in the East, Voi Phuc temple in the West, Kim Lien temple in the South and Quan Thanh temple in the North. For many years of history, “Thang Long 4 guardians” still remain until today and it has become the pride of Hanoi for their both sacredness and famous destinations. Today, you will discover Hanoi City in a different angel
Voi Phuc Temple is located inside the precinct of Thu Le Zoological Garden, belonging to Ngoc Khanh Ward, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi. The temple worships Linh Lang who is known as one of four Guardian Gods - Thang Long Citadel's Western Guardian God. Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) Temple was built during the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong (1054 - 1072), dedicated to Royal Highness Linh Lang - Linh Lang God. Therefore, it is also known as Linh Lang Temple.
Kim Lien temple is built in honor of Saint Cao Son, one of the 50th son of Lạc Long Quân and Âu Cơ (ancestors of the Vietnamese nation). Cao Son followed his father to the mountains and is one of two deities worshipped in the Tan Vien Mountaintemple. Cao Sơn was the deity who secretly contributed to helping King Le Tuong Duc quell the rebellions in Dong Do, so the King decided to build Kim Lien Temple in 1509 to worship him. Kim Lien Temple is located on a high hill and consists of two separate parts: in front of the hill is the arched gate and the main structure on the hill itself. The most important relic in the Kim Lien Communal House is the stone stele of “Cao Son God’s contribution,” written in 1510, telling of Cao Son’s efforts to help KingLeregain his throne from troublesome members of his family. Lunch at Buffet Sen at Westlake – The largest Seafood and BBQ BF spread in town.
The temple was built in the 9th century, worships Long Do, the deity who protected the Thang Long Royal Citadel. The temple now still keeps lots of old valuable relics such as stone steles, palanquin, cranes and pairs of toy earthen statue for worship. Bach Ma temple is a very nice architectural work which includes three-door temple gates, burning incense place and forbidden palaces. It is a closed architectural work, making the temple become among rare and typical works of the Northern delta region. Being one of the gates of “Thang Long four gates” and located in favorable location for cultural tourism development, Bach Ma temple is not only meaningful to Hanoi people and visitors but also provides valuable sources of documents for studying the thousand-year history of Thang Long – Hanoi
Quan Thanh temple was built about hundred years ago, under the Ly dynasty with the purpose to worship Tran Vu God, the one who takes care of the martial art in heaven. Located near Hanoi West Lake with nice view and sacred atmosphere, after many time of repairing, nowadays, Quan Thanh temple is famous for its architecture of the 17th century. Quan Thanh temple included: Tam Quan gate (three doors gate), Temple yard and the three main buildings: Front hall, annex, back hall. Inside Quan Thanh temple, there is a 4 meter height – black copper statue with the weight of nearly 4 tons. This statue named Huyen Thien Tran Vu and it was built in 1677 to show the respect of local people to the Gods worshipped here.
Visit a Lacquer Painting Workshop where an enthusiastic lacquer artist will welcome you and show you around his space. In a small studio with hundreds of lacquer paintings, you'll hear a short Introduction of Vietnam lacquer art history. He will help you to distinguish Vietnamese lacquer from that of China & Japan, and clearly demonstrate the 3-step process of lacquer painting. You can try your hand at some of the lacquer techniques, from drawing and painting to adding materials like seashell, mother of pearl, eggshell, gold leaf or silver dust, or polishing and washing the final product. It’s a fantastic hands-on experience for your creative side. Back to the hotel. End of tour.