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Hanoi city walks (English) – Đền Quán Thánh & Trúc Bạch Lake + Ngũ Xã island
February 19 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM70,000VND
A last minute impromptu mid week walk – one of our regular walks – we have been requested to run a walk Wednesday morning and have picked this one
Please arrive by 8.50am ready to start the tour at 9am. Meet outside Đền Quán Thánh, the almost purely Taoist temple with 350-year-old bronze statue of Trấ́́n Vũ.
While the main theme of this walk is bronze casting, we will also refer to legends around Trấn Vũ and Trúc Bạch lake – past and modern day stories, some history of the area, the part the young people played in Hanoi’s reconstruction after the French war, and silk making in the old days. On Ngũ Xã island at the east end of Trúc Bạch lake we visit Chùa Than Quang and Đình Ngũ Xã where learn about the history of bronze casting for which this area was famous.
The walk ends outside the Đúc Đồng Ngũ Xã bronze casting showroom at 178 Trấn Vũ – home and business of Mr Nguyễn Văn Ưng, whose family has over 400years bronze casting history.
The bronze casting workshops have however moved to the other side of Yen Phu but his showroom displays a good selection of works.
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- We will start the tour at 9am as we need to be able to arrive in time to visit the Pagoda and Communal house on Ngũ Xã island before they close (at 11am/11.30am)
- We will visit 1 temple, 1 pagoda and 1 communal house so please dress respectfully for these places of worship.
- Bronze casting is no longer carried out on the island – the trade has now moved to another side of Hanoi
- if you come by bike/motorbike – you can park at Quan Thanh temple but this is not where we finish the walk