The US magazine National Geographic has listed Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi and Buu Long Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City among the 20 most beautiful Buddhist temples.
Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on a small peninsula on the east side of the West Lake and is nearly 1,500 years old. It was the Buddhist center of Thang Long citadel during the Ly and Tran Dynasty.
The magazine said: "The temple's 11-story red pagoda is topped by a nine-story gemstone lotus. Gold and bronze statues clutter altars throughout the temple, and three different female Buddhas, called "Mothers," can be found in Tran Quoc's front courtyard."
Buu Long Pagoda, which is located on an area of over 11 hectares at the Ethnic Culture Historical Park in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the magazine, forty-five minutes east of Ho Chi Minh City, riverside Buu Long Pagoda features carved dragons that curve down the temple stairs and a turquoise pool reflects the temple's white walls and golden spires.
Other Buddhist temples that made the US magazine's list are Bagan (Myanmar), Wat Benchamabophit (Thailand), Seiganto-ji (Japan), Wat Rong Khun (Thailand), Paro Taktsang (Bhutan), Taung Kalat (Myanmar), Wat Xieng Thong (Laos), Buddhist and Taoist Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong (China), and Kye Gompa (India).
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