Famed as a Zen Buddhist religious site, the Truc Lam Temple promotes the spirit of Buddhism. The beautiful monastery is the abode of several monks and the spiritual center of the city's Buddhist community. The temple is full of ornamented carvings. The towering bell is witnessed from afar. The temple itself symbolizes many facts of the Buddhist faith. Do not miss the iconic Gautama Buddha statue that enhances the charm of the temple.
Enter a world of crooked stairways, cave-like sitting rooms and giant spider webs at the Hang Nga Crazy House. The place draws many tourists and locals because of its eccentric attractions. Nicknamed as 'crazy house' by the locals, you can find here a giraffe tea room, bridges shaped like branches, guest rooms with bear skin rugs and other such nutty stuff. The house has been built by Hang Nga, daughter of former President of Vietnam, Truong Chinh. Much of the furniture and decor here of the guest rooms are inspired from fantasy and folklore. Visiting this place is a complete fun experience.
Few landmarks are as intricately ornamented as the Linh Phuoc Pagoda. A crowned jewel of Da Lat, nearly the entire structure is inlaid with glass, porcelain, and shards of terracotta. Even the site's famed dragon statue, measuring 49 meters (160 feet), is carefully mosaicked with fragments from over 50,000 broken bottles. Burrowed in the country's Central Highlands, the pagoda also houses hundreds of statues and carvings celebrating Buddha and his beliefs. Wreathed in a strong sense of religion, here is where visitors participate in a prayer by writing down a wish, sticking it to the large bell on the pagoda's first floor, and chiming the bell three times. Replete with vibrant artifacts, traditional roofing, a dragon-shaped stairway, the pagoda shelters an inner hall, a serene main sanctuary and a benevolent Buddha statue, which is in parts, gilded, and in parts, built in concrete.
Thien Vuong Pagoda is one of the many religious sights in Vietnam that enhance the local culture and are worth a visit. Locally known as the "Chinese Pagoda", the structure is built in the typical continental architecture with edged roofs and stenciled walls. In the hall you will find three statues of the Buddha made in sandalwood and are very awe-inspiring. In the premises, is a pine forest that adds to the serenity of this pristine monastic site.
Located to the Southeast of Hoan Kiem Lake, is Hanoi's French Quarter. The main highlight of this place is its spectacular architecture. With majestic buildings and luxurious hotels and restaurants the place is a famous tourist destination. When Hanoi was occupied by the French in the 19th Century CE, they demolished a number of Vietnamese buildings and were replaced with French styled replicated villas. Visit the renowned Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel, the Opera House, the Press Club, and various other breathe taking attractions.