The oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi is in a lovely setting on its own tiny island within West Lake, you walk out to it along a causeway from the road. It's in a peaceful setting and nice to take a bit of time out from the hustle and bustle and just wander around. More than 1,500 years old, the brick tower is made up of 11 levels, with each level housing statues of Buddha. We spent about twenty minutes wandering outside and also visiting the temples. It's free to visit; you can make a donation if you want.
We caught a taxi there from the Ho Chi Minh complex, a quick ride and also one back to the Old Quarter, about ten minutes.
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