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Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and Hanoi’s leaders attended the ceremony held in Quoc Oai district on April 23 to receive certificates of the Thay Temple recognising its as a special national relic site.
The Thay Temple, located in Quoc Oai district, was built in the Ly Dynasty 11th century on the foot of the Sai Son mountain.
The temple houses many other valuable artefacts, such as the lotus-shaped stone pedestals which are said date back to the Ly or Tran dynasties, 11th -15th centuries.
It also houses a national treasure, the trinity statues of the Amitabha Buddha, flanked by two Bodhisattvas representing wisdom and compassion in Pureland Buddhism. The statues are considered the sculptural pinnacle of the flourishing period of Buddhism in Vietnam.

In the same day, Thach That district also held a ceremony to receive certificate recognising the Tay Phuong Pagoda as a special national relic site, and opened 2015 Tay Phuong Pagoda festival.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People 's Committees Le Hong Son attend the ceremony.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People ‘s Committees Le Hong Son attend the ceremony.

Attending the event were Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People ‘s Committee Le Hong Son.
The Tay Phuong Pagoda, located in the outlying of Thach That district, is famous for its architecture and elaborate carvings typical of the 18th century.
Especially, the pagoda has a collection of more than 70 Buddha wood statues in diverse sizes which have been recognised as national treasures. Each of sculptures features a distinct posture and facial expression.
The pagoda includes three separate two-storey buildings, with brick architecture featuring long roof arches, each roof has eight apexes.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien called for municipal residents and people across the country join hands to protect the value of the Tay Phuong Pagoda, promoting the national cultural heritage and building the prosperous and civilized capital.



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