03 May 2019

A Voyage to Vietnam: The Temples of Hoa Lư

After taking a boat ride, and after climbing mountains to visit pagodas on mountaintops, we then headed to Hoa Lư, which was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. There used to be massive infrastructure here though not much remains today. Nevertheless, there are interesting things to see. This was what we explored one afternoon.

The entrance to the citadel is rather imposing and majestic, and acts nowadays as an entrance to the whole complex. Behind these gates are several temples that people still visit today. As you can see in the photos above, the practice of having elevated doorways with steps is prominent here, as they believe it prevents negative energy from flowing through.

Sacrifices and offerings that are found on this temple are unsurprisingly similar to the rest of the items we saw in other temples. They offer round food, money, and incense.

We explored this temple complex for quite a while, but after an hour or so, we covered everything. There's a part of me that thinks that Vietnamese temples aren't so memorable, since every temple we visited had similar if not the same features. There's always a large statue inside, and in front of it are offerings. And architecturally speaking, they aren't visually stunning either. In any case, it was interesting to check them out for a bit.


  1. I feel the same about Chinese temples... the first three or four look deliciously exotic (compared to churches, more common in the West!) then I get tired of them.

    1. Zhu,

      I definitely felt like that when I was in Myanmar. The pagodas there were quite very similar, so I had pagoda fatigue after 2 weeks!