Built in mid 11th century, the serene Bach Ma Temple is said to be the oldest temple in all Hanoi though it shard to claim, whatever your Vietnamese Private Tour Guide saying, the temple can be reach very easy while walking through the maze lanes of the Hanoi Old Quarter. The temple is also known as the White Horse Temple was built by the order of King Ly Thai To, the governor of Hanoi, in the 11th century. However whatever you see today dates from the late 18th century when a massive restoration has made to the whole construction of the Bach Ma Temple.
Bach Ma Temple is located in the heart of the Hanoi old quarter Hanoi.
Address: #76 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: 07.00 – 11.00, 14.00 – 17.00
Bach Ma Temple is a unique architectural construction and one of the four district gate temples of ancient Thang Long. The district gates and their temples are located at the four compass points of the city: QuanThanh Temple to the north, Bach Ma Temple in the east, Kim Lien Communal House and temple in the south, and Voi Phục temple toward the west.
Among above mentioned temples, Bach Ma temple is the oldest and its existence has been documented over one thousand years since the Ly and Tran Dynasties. Today it contains many valuable relics such as stone steles, altars, shrines and statues. Along with architectural and artistic merit, Bach Ma Temple is also a valuable resource for researching and studying the history of Thang Long–Hanoi.