Quan Thanh temple, formerly known as Tran Vu Temple, is located at the crossroad of Thanh Nien and Quan Thanh Streets, near West Lake. Built during the reign of King Ly Thai To in the 11th century, the temple is dedicated to Huyen Thien Tran Vu who is known as the Guardian of the North of the ancient Thang Long Citadel.
It is one of the Four Sacred Temples that were built in four directions to protect the capital from malevolent spirits. Quan Thanh temple protects from the North, while the other three temples protect from the other directions: Bạch Ma from the East, Kim Lien from the South, and Linh Lang from the West
Quan Thanh temple attracts visitors for its famous special and beautiful structure and religious cultural place. During its long history, Quan Thanh Temple has been renovated several times, most recently in 1893 when the principal gate and the shrine were redone, so the architecture is a mixture of the many different styles of the imperial era. The main features of the temple are a large yard shaded by a giant banyan tree and a shrine that contains the famous bronze statue of Tran Vu.
Address: Thanh Nien road, Quan Thanh Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Entrance fee: 10.000VND (0.5USD)