Tay Ho West Lake pagoda in Hanoi

The West Lake Pagoda or Tay Ho pagoda in Hanoi is beautifully positioned on a peninsula projecting into West Lake. It is one of Hanoi’s most popular on the first and 15th of each lunar month. West Lake Pagoda in Hanoi is dedicated to the Mother Goddess, Thanh Mau. As the legend goes, she appeared in the 17th century as a pretty girl before a fisherman on the lake, smiling and reciting poetry. Then she disappeared without revealing her identity. Later the locals found out who she really was and built Tay Ho Pagoda in Hanoi.

West Lake Pagoda

Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Hanoi spreads over 2,000 square kilometers, but most important sites lie in compact areas. Touring the major landmarks of Hanoi can be interesting. You can also try a trip around West Lake that takes in the rural suburbs. Tay Ho Pagoda in Hanoi is such a place where you can visit during your tour to Hanoi.

A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in China, Japan, Korea, Nepal and other parts of Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function. The modern pagoda is an evolution of the Indian stupa, a tomb-like structure where sacred relics could be kept safe and venerated.

The most exciting fact about the pagoda is that the earliest example in the Oxford English Dictionary of the use of the word pagoda in English is from 1634. Pagoda – comes from Sanskrit “dhatu garba”. Tay Ho Pagoda in Hanoi is one such piece of architecture.

You can visit the West Lake pagoda either by car or taking our full day bike tour.

West Lake pagoda map