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    Dau Pagoda

    Located at the end of Gia Phuc Village, Nguyen Trai Commune, Thuong Tin District, Hanoi. Dau Pagoda is famous for the two bronzes’ Xa Loi bodies: Vu Khac Minh and Vu Khac Truong.

    A visit to Dau Pagoda helps visitors to see rare and precious exhibits: bases and stone-bases from Ly Dynasty decorated with lotus flowers. On staircases of the main hall, there are two stone dragons, a masterpiece of Tran Dynasty. The dragons were built in round bodies, winding as waves on blocks of stone; it’s really an artistic masterpiece. Visitors will be deeply interested in the ancient traditional architectures, the sculpture pictures on beams, columns or panels… all depict legendary traditions: fairies on dragons, boys fighting tigers, or four sacred animals: dragon, lion, turtle and phoenix (long, ly, quy, phuong) or 4 seasons: pine-tree, butter­cup, ivory-bamboo and apricot (tung, cuc, truc, mai). The sculpture designs look very beautiful, realistic.

    All architectural works and projects: the main hall, the worship house, the temple, the male and female monks’ houses… were built of rectangular­ – shaped bricks (Mac Dynasty). The typical identities on the bricks lie in patterns of sacred animals: houses, dragons, carps to turn into dragons or vegetation and flower world.

    But most interesting is the story of the monks: Vu Khac Minh and Vu Khac Truong. The story has it that: after reciting prayers, the monks burnt themselves by the innermost lire of meditation, they died under the altars of statues and their followers protected their bodies in meditativeness and coated with special paint, then put on closed-­in temples. This is the most special culture heritage in Dau Pagoda. It’s also a product of spiritism culture, the most sacred and interesting. The pagoda is admitted by Ministry of Culture and Information as “culture historical” monument.