Positioned at 50 Ly Quoc Su Street within the Old Quarter, only 50m from St Joseph's Cathedral, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is among the oldest ones of its type in Hanoi
In-built 1131, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda has been renovated a number of instances, particularly in 1954 when it was destroyed through the French colonial interval. Nonetheless, this nearly-900-year-old Vietnamese-styled temple has preserved many valuable antiques like Buddha statue or the valuable bell of Tu Chung, in addition to the meticulous structure of distinctive carving patterns.
In the past, the Pagoda belonged to Tien Thi village, Tien Tuc, Tho Xuong District. Ly Quoc Su Pagoda worships the Buddhist Monk of the Ly Dynasty, which lasted from 10th to 12th centuries. Nguyen Chi Thanh - the full identify of the Monk, was born on 1066 in Dien Xa Village, Ninh Binh Province, beneath the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong (holding power from 1138 to 1175).
When Nguyen Chi Thanh was 11 years old, he started practising to change into a monk. His teacher was some of the well-known monks over the country - Tu Dao Hanh, who actually admired Nguyen Chi Thanh for his expertise. After efficiently therapeutic King Ly Thanh Tong of a seemingly incurable illness, Nguyen Chi Thanh was honored with the title of Ly Quoc Su - or the Breat Monk and Advantage instructor of the entire nation. The King additionally himself supervised the development of a 12-storey tower residential quarter that he gifted for Ly Quoc Su, which was located proper subsequent to Bao Thien Pagoda of Thang Long Capital.
Ly Quoc Su lived within the quarter, preaching Buddhist sutra, educating medication, curing sickness for individuals of surrounding space, and particularly, coaching craftsmen with bronze casting ability. That was the rationale why Ly Quoc Su was additionally named the Saint of the bronze casting craft. When he died on the age of 75 at Giao Thuy Pagoda in Nam Dinh, King Ly Thanh Tong determined to show the quarter right into a temple to worship each Buddha and Ly Quoc Su, along with a number of pagoda everywhere in the nation reminiscent of Giao Thuy in Nam Dinh or Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh. His title “Ly Quoc Su” has change into the identify of the road operating from Hang Bong Street to Nha Tho Street whereas his actual identify Nguyen Chi Thanh is taken to handle an extended stunning avenue within the enterprise district of Hanoi.
Nowadays, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is a well-liked worshipping place for the native on the primary and fifteenth day of each month in Lunar Calendar.
How to get there
Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is at 50 Ly Quoc Su avenue, inside minutes' strolling from the Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter.