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Thay Pagoda

Thay Pagoda is situated at the foot of Sai Son Mountain. It is a venue for both tourists and pilgrims to admire its old architecture as well as the peaceful and romantic landscape of the place. The pagoda, also known as Sai, Ca or Thien Phuc, was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong.


The pagoda is closely associated with monk Tu Dao Hanh who was well-known for his humility and generosity towards the poor. Legend has it that Hanh invented water puppetry to depict the lives of the rural population. This art of performance has become popular nationwide.

Thay Pagoda consists of three parallel buildings, including Ha (lower) Pagoda, Trung (middle) Pagoda, and Thuong (upper) Pagoda. The outer Ha Pagoda is for offerings and ceremonies, the middle Trung Pagoda for worshiping the Buddha, and the upper Thuong Pagoda is where Tu Dao Hanh is worshipped.

The age-old structure looks impressive with a curved roof and an airy and peaceful surrounding.  Visitors may be amazed by a beautiful lake with a floating temple where water puppetry is shown and two bridges linking to Tam Phu Temple.

  • Distance from Manh’s house: Plus 8.3 km to the West
  • What you can get: see rice field around Hanoi on the way (seasonal), Ancient architecture of pagoda at the 11th century, the meaning of Buddhism, fresh air countryside, mountain area and village.
  • Take by Grab taxi: 15 minutes, estimated costs 90.000 vnd/ way (year of 2019)
  • Total time visit: 1.5 hours
  • Entrance fee: 10.000 vnd per person
  • Service: local service, non-English speaking area, you should use an online translator if need.