The similarity and difference is between pagoda and temple in Hanoi

Pagoda and temple is one of the most popular community places in Hanoi

When you are in Hanoi travel tours, you can visit a lot of pagodas, temples such as Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi Perfume Pagoda, One Pillar Pagoda, Taoist Temple, Hanoi Temple of Literature … These places are the worshiping places of the local people.

The familiar symbols in pagoda and temple

The most familiar symbols of them are the four popular holy animals. They are Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, Phoenix. The Dragon is the symbol of the strength, the Unicorn is a symbol of purity, innocence. The longevity is the symbol of turtle and The Phoenix is a mythological bird that recycles its own life. A crane in the back of a turtle is one of the same famous images.


A crane in the back of a turtle in Hanoi temple and pagoda
A crane in the back of a turtle in Hanoi Temple of Literature

The special symbol in the Temple

In the Temple, the tourist can meet another animal symbol, that is “ly” holy. It a special animal that can distinguish the good and bad person. It was often sit down in the top of the four tall pillars at the entrance or main gate of a Temple.


A holy in the gate of a Hanoi temple
A holy in the gate of Ngoc Son Temple in Hoan Kiem lake

About the architecture of the pagoda and temple

In Hanoi, most of the Pagoda and Temple has a three-pass-gate. This entrance gate has one main gate in the center and the two symmetric small gate in the left and right. The main gate was served for the important people while the two ones were used for the servants or less power.


The common three-passive-gate at Hanoi pagoda and temple
The three-pass-gate of Hanoi Taoist Temple


The architecture of the Temple and Pagoda was built in an ancient Han character with long and big houses. They were made of wood with a curved roof, bricks, and can stand for hundreds of years.

The most distinct of the pagoda and temple

One of the most different between Pagoda and Temple in Hanoi is the objects of worshiping. The pagoda was built to spread and worship the Buddhism while the Gods or heroes were honored in the Temple. The Gods and heroes were the humans who protected and help the life of the local people in their history.


A Buddha statue in a Hanoi pagoda
A Buddha statue in Tran Quoc Pagoda


Tran Vu statue is a Vietnam national treasure in Hanoi Taoist Temple
Tran Vu statue is a Vietnam national treasure in Hanoi Taoist Temple


Another little different of the pagoda and temple is the entrance ticket. The pagoda welcomes everyone without charge, while the Temple cost a little fee. When you visit the Taoist Temple, Hanoi Temple of Literature, the ticket is about 1.2 – 1.5$.

In the historical pagoda and temple, the tourist can discover a lot of interesting things. So they are always the chosen destinations of international travellers. If this is the first time visiting Hanoi, you can take a Hanoi tour or choice is on your own, and Impress Travel will server it.