Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, Ha Tay - review by Rusty Compass
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Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, Ha Tay

| 05 Dec 2011
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Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, Ha Tay
Ha Tay province around 30kms from Hanoi

Our rating
05 Dec 2011

These two mountainside pagodas can be visited in a pleasant half day from Hanoi.

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Thay and Tay Phuong pagodas are both historically significant Buddhist sites and are easily visited from Hanoi.

Thay Pagoda

Thay Pagoda (the Master’s Pagoda) dates back to the 11th century though we saw nothing of the original structures. The complex is spread over two main areas.

The main pagoda, built into the mountain, sits by a small pond where the traditional art of water puppetry evolved. During Buddhist festivals, the pavilion on the pond is used for water puppet performances.

Inside the pagoda complex, there’s an impressive collection of Buddhist statuary.

An easy climb up a nearby mountain will bring you to another atmospheric collection of pagodas.

Tay Phuong Pagoda

6kms away from Thay Pagoda is Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of the oldest in the country. Perched at the top of a small mountain, access is via a narrow path.

There’s been lots of new work here in recent years so it’s lost some of its atmosphere.

Tay Phuong Pagoda is also noted for its fine Buddhist statuary.

Travel tips
This trip probably only makes sense for those with a special interest in pagodas or those only visiting Hanoi. Travellers to other parts of Vietnam will see plenty of pictuesque pagodas and more scenic countryside. If you're in Hanoi, a night in Ninh Binh or Mai Chau is recommended.

There is no information on either pagoda available on site. Petty theft is said to be common during festivals.
Mark Bowyer
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