Located in Ha Dong City, about ten kilometers from Hanoi, Van Phuc is well-known nationwide as an ancient craft village where beautiful silk products with many patterns were made for traditional clothes for the kings of the Nguyen dynasty.
We will spend the whole day discovering Hanoi’s suburban areas, beginning with Thay pagoda. Thay Pagoda, alias Thien Phuc Tu Pagoda, was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong. At first, it was a small pagoda managed by Priest Tu Dao Hanh. The pagoda was initially built according to Sino-Vietnamese character Tam (which means “three”) – this character is formed by 3 hyphens parallel to each other. The pagoda therefore consists of 3 sections: Ha Pagoda, Trung Pagoda, and Thuong Pagoda. The outer part, Ha Pagoda, is a place for offerings and ceremonies; the middle part, Trung Pagoda, is a place for worship of Buddha; and finally, the inner part is a place for worship of Priest Tu Dao Hanh. An automated sandalwood statue of Tu Dao Hanh that stands and sits is located in a red lacquered shrine trimmed with gold and covered with a curtain.
Then we will come to visit Tay Phuong Pagoda. Tay Phuong pagoda was built in the 8th century and has been restored several times since. In 1632, the pagoda was rebuilt according to the Sino-Vietnamese character Tam (three), featuring three sections: the upper sanctuary, back palace, and lobby rooms. After climbing 239 stone steps bearing the signs of the passage of time and sheltered by the shade of age-old 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.
After having lunch at a local restaurant, we will continue our trip in Van Phuc Silk Village. Just 15km to the west of Hanoi, this commune is well-known over centuries for its silk-making and silk products. 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. The Hanoi’s special charm is also found in this village’s traditional pagodas and temples, along narrow streets filled with vendors and beside quiet, reflecting tranquil lakes. travel to vietnam
• Car/Van in tour
• English speaking guide
• Mineral water on the car
• Insurance in all days tour
• All meal at restaurant
• Entrance fee
• Travel insurance
• All airfares, transfers, hotels & visa arrangements.
• All services not clearly included.
• Tip for driver and guide.
• 10% VAT tax.