Ly Quoc Su Buddhist Pagoda

A nearly 900-year old Vietnamese style temple, Ly Quoc Su pagoda worships zen master Minh Khong Nguyen, who was good at magic and was also a bronze casting team.


Ly Quoc Su pagoda was built in 1131 and has undergone various renovations, most recently in 1954, when it was devastated during the French colonial period. Nonetheless, this approximately 900-year-old Vietnamese-styled temple has preserved many valuable artifacts, such as a Buddha statue and Tu Chung's priceless bell, as well as the precise building with unique carving patterns.

The pagoda used to be part of Tien Thi village in Tien Tuc, Tho Xuong District. The Buddhist monks of the Ly Dynasty, which ruled from the 10th to the 12th century, are honored in the Ly Quoc Su Pagoda. King Ly Thanh Tong, the monk's full name, was born in 1066 in Dien Xa Village, Ninh Binh Province, during King Ly Thanh Tong's reign (holding power from 1138 to 1175).


Nguyen Chi Thanh began training to become a monk when he was 11 years old. His tutor was Tu Dao Hanh, one of the most well-known monks in the country, who praised Nguyen Chi Thanh's talent. After successfully treating King Ly Thanh Tong of an apparently incurable ailment, Nguyen Chi Thanh was given the title of Ly Quoc Su-or the Breat Monk and Merit Teacher of the Whole Nation. The King also oversaw the construction of a 12-story tower residential section for Ly Quoc Su, which was located exactly close to Thang Long Capital's Bao Thien Pagoda.


Ly Quoc Su stayed in the Hanoi quarter, preaching Buddhist sutras, teaching medicine, healing illnesses in the community, and, most importantly, training bronze casting artists. It was for this reason that Ly Quoc Su was also known as the Saint of Bronze Casting. King Ly Thanh Tong decided to convert the quarter into a temple to worship both Buddha and Ly Quoc Su when he died at the age of 75 at Giao Thuy Pagoda in Nam Dinh, as well as many pagodas throughout the kingdom, such as Giao Thuy in Nam Dinh and Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh. His nickname, "Ly Quoc Su," has become the name of a street in Hanoi's business sector that runs from Hang Bong Street to Nha Tho Street, while his given name, Nguyen Chi Thanh, is used to address a long, magnificent street.

On the first and fifteenth days of each month in the Lunar Calendar, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is a popular worshipping location for the locals.

How to get to Ly Quoc Su Pagoda

The Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is located at 50 Ly Quoc Su Street, just 50 meters from St. Joseph's Cathedral and minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter.

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