Timings : Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM -11:00 AM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Located in the centre of Old Quarter, Bach Ma temple is a beautiful 11th century Buddhist temple in Hanoi. It's dedicated to Bach Ma or 'White Horse', a legendary horse that is said to have led Emperor Ly Thai to the best area to construct a temple. A red-lacquered palanquin greets you upon entrance, along with a shrine dedicated to Confucius and a Phoenix altar.
Considered to be Hanoi's oldest standing temple, Bach Ma Temple is an important relic that is found between Hang Buom Street and the back door on Ngo Gach Street. It was even said to be a major hideout for Resistance fighters during the French occupation of Vietnam.
Despite its age, the Bach Ma temple is still actively used for worship, and even stays open longer on the 1st and the 15th day of every lunar month for extended prayers, offerings and ceremonies. It is a great place for foreigners to come see the local traditions especially on the days with extended opening hours.
The Bach Ma Temple represents some of the oldest cultures of Hanoi. From its architecture to the the rituals performed, the Vietnamese hold this place in very high regard. Its history is not just corroborated by facts but is steeped in mythology, making it that much more of an attraction.
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