The famous temple of Do, located just 25 km northeast of
Hanoi, belongs to Dinh Bang village – an area known as a
religious and cultural center of Red River Delta. It is
a sacred place dedicated to worshipping the first eight
emperors of the Ly dynasty – the great Viet kingdom
dating back nearly a thousand years.
Afternoon choose one of the city’s museums (History
Museum and Ethnology Museum, Hoa Lo Prison which once
known as “Hanoi Hilton”). Back to downtown for
refreshment by Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Hoan Kiem Lake
(Restored Sword Lake) with Ngoc Son Temple before taking
one hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter.
After a slow cruise down the river, we will disembark to
the scenic grounds of the Dam and Dai Lo Temple which
was built under the Tran Dynasty. Back to our boat and
continue sailing down the river to Chu Dong Tu Temple,
which worships to Chu Dong Tu, one of the four immortals
in traditional mythology of Vietnam.
We drive to Dong Ho Village, where we discover the Dong
Ho painting technic. They engraved the images on wooden
boards rotproof modest size. Some large prints require
more than twenty boards assembled together. The printing
was done on papers of different colors, obtained from
bamboo, mulberry bark or rhamnonuron.
We spend about two hours drive through the picturesque
countryside and back roads to the village of Duc, where
we get on a small boat for a one hour trip up Yen stream
to Thien Tru pagoda. The boat journeys down a narrow
flowing stream fringed by rice fields, temples and grass
and you will have the option to stop and visit.