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Stunning wooden carvings of centuries-old Boi Khe Temple

Boi Khe, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Hanoi, is renowned for its exquisite wooden carvings, notably one purportedly depicting the Chinese monk Xuanzang on his journey to India.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

Boi Khe, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Hanoi, is renowned for its exquisite wooden carvings, notably one purportedly depicting the Chinese monk Xuanzang on his journey to India.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

As one of the oldest Buddhist temples in northern Vietnam, Boi Khe is said to have been built in 1338 under the Tran Dynasty. Besides its dedications to Buddhism, the temple also honours deities of other religions and a local saint known as Nguyen Dinh An, who was credited with defeating the northern invaders. Located on a wide plot of land, Boi Khe features a five-door gate as its entrance, separated from the main yard by a bridge over a small moat said to have been once part of the Do Dong River.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

Since its inception, the temple has undergone six major renovations throughout the early Le, Mac, restored Le and Nguyen Dynasties, which is why it boasts so many different architectural layers and art from across various periods.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

Brick steps with cascading layers of culture.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

A wooden carving purported to depict the Chinese monk Xuanzang and his disciple on their journey to India, where Buddhism was founded.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

Another elaborate wooden carving of dragons and unicorns.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

The rear hall is dedicated to the local hero Nguyen Dinh An, honoured as Saint Boi.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

The legendary Garuda bird on the pedestal of the Avalokiteshvara statue.

Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty

Boi Khe Temple is also known for its Magnolia grandiflora trees, whose flowers are in full bloom in the third lunar month, emanating a pleasant fragrance across the temple’s wide yard.

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Source: NDO 


Stunning wooden carvings, centuries-old Boi Khe Temple, Buddhist temple, exquisite wooden carvings, Chinese monk Xuanzang, Tran Dynasty
 
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