Ambassador’s Pagoda in Hanoi
Ambassador’s Pagoda or called Chua Quan Su is located on Quan Su Street near the center of Hanoi. In the past, it formerly was a small Buddhist pagoda and was constructed during the Le dynasty in the 15th century to welcome foreign envoy and ambassadors. Now it is officially the center of Buddhism in Hanoi and known as Quan Su Temple. Tourists tend to stay a long time in the capital city, so there are mainstream attractions such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hoa Lo Prison and Water Puppet Theatre.
Tourists should stay in the hotels which are located the Hanoi Old Quarter or around Hoan Kiem Lake because this is usually the starting point for giving directions in the city. To get to the Ambassador’s Pagoda, you start from the north side of Hoan Kiem Lake where KFC fast-food restaurant and Legend Beer are found and make your way along Hang Gai and Hang Bong Streets which are two main streets in the Hanoi Old Quarter. When you get to the intersection to Hang Da and Quan Su, turn left onto Quan Su and walk down to the intersection with Hai Ba Trung where the Temple is found.
It takes you from 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the Temple. You can catch a taxi to go there faster with the price of 1$ (23.000 vnd) and The Mai Linh green cabs are recommended for you.
When you come in Quan Su Temple or other temples in Vietnam such as Thien Mu pagoda in Hue, One pillar pagoda and Perfume pagoda in Hanoi, etc. You should dress formally and kindly because of religious significance.
There is no entrance fee; however you can donate your money for the maintenance of the Temple. The Temple is open from 9 am to 5pm to the public. You can drop by Hoa Lo prison which is also called “Hanoi Hilton” because it is nearby there.