Tay Phuong Pagoda
Tay Phuong pagoda was built in the 8th century, since then it has been restored several times. In 1632, the pagoda was rebuilt according to the Sino-Vietnamese Tam (three) characters , featuring three sections: the upper sanctuary, back palace, and lobby rooms. After climbing 239 steps bearing the signs of the passage of time and sheltered by the shade of old age trees one reaches a gate. The gate carries the name of the structure: Tay Phuong Co Tu (Ancient Pagoda of the West). According to the inscription on a 17th century stone stele it also has two other names: Sung Phuc Tu and Hoang Son Thieu Lam Tu.
The Thay Pagoda was built in the 11th century following the Sino-Vietnamese character Tam, consisting of 3 sections. The outer section is the place for the ceremonies and offerings called the Ha Pagoda. The second section is the place for praying to Buddha which is known to be the Trung Pagoda. The third section is devoted to the Priest Tu Dao Hanh known to be the Thuong pagoda.
Van Phuc Silk Village
Just 15km to the west of Hanoi is a place known for silk making and silk products over centuries now known as Van Phuc village in Ha Dong of Ha Tay Province. In recent years, the village has enjoyed the revival of its craft due to a surging demand for silk in both the domestic and foreign markets. It has long been a universal byword of luxury, often worn by the world's richest, most powerful citizens, nowadays, the fine and lustrous cloth that originally comes from the cocoon of the silkworm is much more affordable for "ordinary" folk. Silk is currently enjoying a fashion renaissance, particularly as its many varieties can be made into a wide range of designs suitable for all facets of modern life.
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Pick up at Noble Boutique Hotel by the Tour Guide. Spend a full day to discover Hanoi's surrounding area. Visit Thay & Tay Phuong Pagodas to learn about Viet traditional architecture style, Vietnam Buddhism religion & daily life of local people outside city of Hanoi.12:00PM:
Lunch at a local restaurant.1:00PM:
Discover full afternoon in the silk village of Van Phuc.4:00PM:
Leave Van Phuc Silk Village to hotel.4:30PM:
Drop off at Noble Boutique Hotel.