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Ba Da Pagoda, Hanoi

| 12 Sep 2013
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Ba Da Pagoda, Hanoi
3 Nhà Thờ, Hoan Kiem Hanoi

Our rating
12 Sep 2013

Ba Da Pagoda is a delightful and historic pagoda on Nha Tho St a short walk from St Joseph’s Cathedral.

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St Joseph’s Cathedral has dominated Nha Tho St since its establishment in the late 19th century. Prior to the arrival of the imposing church, the area was also dedicated to religious observances. There were at least three pagodas here. One was demolished by the French to make way for St Joseph’s, two remain - Ba Da and Ly Quoc Su.

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Photo: Mark BowyerBa Da Pagoda, Hanoi
Ba Da Pagoda dates back to the founding of Hanoi in the 11th century. The present structure dates back to the 16th century.

In the 20th century, Ho Chi Minh is said to have visited the pagoda successfully engaging the monks in his independence struggle against the French.

Ba Da Pagoda remains one of Hanoi’s most important Buddhist sights. It’s beautifully decorated and at most times, serene - a great place to spend some time during a walk in Hanoi.
Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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