There are many reasons why so many people come to Vietnam each year. This is a truly incredible place with an enormous amount to see and do for every type of visitor. Arguably, the best aspect of Vietnam is exploring the breathtaking temples which give you a glimpse into the country’s fascinating ancient past. Here are a few of the best temples to visit during your trip here:
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest temples in Vietnam dating back to the 6th century. The main pagoda reaches 15 metres high with the surrounding structures including a fascinating museum, an incense burning house and more to explore.
Temple of Literature
Founded in 1070, this Confucian temple contains the very first university in Vietnam and it is one of the most famous temples in the country. There are 5 impressive courtyards to explore and a great place to go to relax and unwind.
Mariammam Hindu Temple
This striking Hindu temple in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City was built at the end of the 19th centre as a dedication to Mariammam – the Hindu goddess. It is one of the most popular temples in Vietnam largely thanks to the colourful and beautifully crafted statues of Amman in her different avatars.
Thien Hau Temple
Located in the middle of Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City, this Chinese-style temple was originally constructed in 1760 but has since undergone a number of restorations. It is dedicated to the Lady of the Sea and houses a number of cool antiques inside, including incense burners which date back to 1886. There are also amazing porcelain figures on the roof which depict scenes from Chinese religions and legends.
Staying Culturally Appropriate
It is important to note that visitors must be respectful, culturally appropriate and have the right etiquette when visiting any of the temples in Vietnam. These are religious sites so you must show respect when visiting here. This includes wearing conservative clothing and avoiding shorts, dresses, skirts, low necklines and bare shoulders. Those on adventure holidays in Vietnam should ask their guides for advice on what to wear and how to act not only when visiting the temples but elsewhere in Vietnam as it can be conservative especially away from the major cities.
Vietnam is a wonderful country with an incredible amount to see and do. The temples are easily one of the highlights and will give you an insight into this country’s intriguing and mystical past. The above are just a few of the best temples to visit during a trip here but there are many more to consider. You must also remember to be respectful and abide by etiquette in order to avoid causing offence.
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