Ly Quoc Su Temple

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




Constructed in 1131, Ly Quoc Su Temple has been renovated several times, especially in 1954 when it was destroyed during the French colonial period. However, this one of the oldest temples in Hanoi has still preserved many precious antiques like Buddha statue or the precious bell of Tu Chung, as well as the meticulous architecture of unique carving vignettes.




The Temple belonged to Tien Thi village, Tien Tuc, Tho Xuong District before. Ly Quoc Su Pagoda worships the Buddhist Monk of the Ly Dynasty, which lasted from 10th to 12th centuries. Nguyen Chi Thanh–the Monk's full name, was born in 1066 in Dien Xa Village, Ninh Binh Province, under the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong (holding power from 1138 to 1175).

Surprisingly, Nguyen Chi Thanh began practicing to become a monk when he as just 11 years old. His teacher was Tu Dao Hanh, one of the most famous monks over the country, who really admired Nguyen Chi Thanh for his talent. After successfully healing King Ly Thanh Tong of a seemingly incurable disease, Nguyen Chi Thanh was honored with the title of Ly Quoc Su or the Breat Monk and Merit teacher of the whole nation. The King also himself supervised the building of a 12-storey tower residential quarter that he gifted for Ly Quoc Su, which was located right next to Bao Thien Pagoda of Thang Long Capital.

Ly Quoc Su lived in the quarter and did many of useful works for community, such as: preaching Buddhist sutra, teaching medicine, curing illness for people of surrounding area, and especially, training craftsmen with bronze casting skill. That was the reason why Ly Quoc Su was also recognized the Saint of the bronze casting craft. When he died at the age of 75 at Giao Thuy Pagoda in Nam Dinh, King Ly Thanh Tong decided to turn the quarter into a temple to worship both Buddha and Ly Quoc Su, together with several pagodas all over the country such as Giao Thuy in Nam Dinh or Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh. His title “Ly Quoc Su” has become a street name running from Hang Bong Street to Nha Tho Street while his real name Nguyen Chi Thanh is taken to address a long beautiful street in the business district of Hanoi.

Today, Ly Quoc Su Temple is a popular worshipping address for the local on the first and fifteenth day of every month in Lunar Calendar.

How to get there

Ly Quoc Su Temple locates at 50 Ly Quoc Su street, within minutes' walking from the Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter.

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