via Viet Nam Net, 07 April 2021: A feature on a 12th century pagoda in Hanoi.
About five kilometers from the city center, Lang Pagoda is located in Chua Lang Street, Dong Da District. The street is named after the pagoda’s, showing its influence.
The Pagoda was built in the 12th century under King Ly Anh Tong’s reign (1138-1175) to worship Buddha. The king father – King Ly Than Tong (who reigned from 1128 to 1138) and Tu Dao Hanh, the most venerable Buddhist monk of that time who was regarded as the forefather of the country’s special art of water puppetry.
In the Ly dynasty (1009-1225), Buddhism flourished and many pagodas were built, such as Tran Quoc, One Pillar, Kim Lien and Lang, which are still well-preserved today. Among them, Lang Pagoda has many distinctive features, making it one of the most popular pagodas in the capital.