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Ranked #48 of 289 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 19 April 2014

i come here when having not so many people as it is not in the peak season. this is the spirit pagoda in hanoi.

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

A long, uncomfortable bus ride ending in a wet, wobbly boat ride for 45 minutes, and then a not-so-nice hike to the cable car to reach a pagoda that, though it may be quite important spiritually in Vietnam, is quite disappointing to those viewing it with an unbiased eye. The boat ride was nice, but not worth the trip in itself (especially if you have been to or plan to go to Halong Bay as well). A note to those visiting: there's really no need to walk down from the pagoda; just take the cable car both ways and save yourself the worried descent on those stony steps - you can't ever see the view anyway!

2  Thank millerkelseya
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

The boat ride to the pagoda, if you do not come at festival time, is relaxing. We came just at the end, and didn't have a problem with a crush of people. I could not imagine going here at festival time!
It is a bit of a culture shock coming here. This was the first time seeing dog ready to eat, and several animals kept in tiny, tiny cages for sale.
Also the sellers here of everything imaginable, that has nothing to do with worship, is at times overwhelming. (toys, toy guns, food, herbs, candy, clothes...you name it and you can find it here!)
We opted for taking the cable car up and down. Having had 2 major operations lately climbing the stairs for 4 kms was not an option. Plus I think having sellers all 4 kms would be wearing.
The cave of Fragrant Traces was interesting once getting there. it really is huge! I think that I enjoyed the Heaven Kitchen pagoda more. You see this after lunch and it is in the same area (after coming back down the cable car)
We had local lunch and it was good.
Be prepared to have your picture taken lots, but we enjoyed it.
The surrounding area is just beautiful also. The cable car gives you a good view of the area and was a good idea for a different view of the area.
Certainly a place to go and see the culture of Vn.

1  Thank Susan B
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

from Ha Noi this is a perfect day trip...by bus to the embarcation place and the on the river...a rowing girl brings you to the place where it goes up to the pagoda. I was there in January 2013, before the tet holidays. So everything was in prepare for the big pilger. And very empty and quiet...With some imagination it is full of Vietnamese people goes to pray in this pagoda...

3  Thank Koenaki
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

The Perfume Pagoda is a full day trip from Hanoi. The drive is a solid 1-3/4 hours each way. From the dock to the Pagoda complex is a one hour trip on a rowboat, hence about 3 hours travel each way.

The Pagoda complex itself is interesting but no more so than many other temples in Vietnam. If you're going only to see the Pagodas you should probably save your time.

What really makes the Perfume Pagoda interesting is the atmosphere during pilgrimage season. The river is packed with boats loaded with pilgrims heading to the Pagoda. Part of the fun is the boat ride itself. You can pay a few dollars extra to have your own boat, or join a group. Most boats are filled with families or friends out for a day's excursion. It is truly a festival for them.

Once you arrive at the Pagoda complex it is a carnival atmosphere. It is controlled bedlam. The people watching is very entertaining. The route is lined with stalls selling everything you can want, including beer and vodka, lots of street food, trinkets and offerings for the Buddha, none of which is really in sync with the religious significance of the site.

The hike up to the main Pagoda was a pretty strenuous 45-minute climb - and we are in pretty decent shape. If you're not up to a strenuous hike, better to take the gondola.

1  Thank GVancouver
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