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Tran Quoc Pagoda (c. 17th century)

Tran Quoc pagoda sits on an island in the West Lake. It was supposedly founded 1,400 years ago by King Ly Nam De with the name Khai Quoc (National Founder). The pagoda originally sat on the bank of the Red River but was moved to the present site during the reign of King Le Kinh Tong (1600-1618) and renamed Tran Quoc (National Defense). One of the present statues inside the pagoda was fashioned in 1639.


The approximate location of the pagoda is 21.047825' N, 105.836775' E (WGS 84 map datum).


All images copyright 2003 Patrick Ziltener, sociologist, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne/Germany, and University of Zurich, Switzerland;

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