But Thap Pagoda (The Writing Brush Pagoda)--page 1 (of five pages)

17th century

This complex of buildings is situated on a dike of the Duong River amid rice farms. Like most Buddhist temples, a number of buildings actually comprise the temple, usually laid out in linear form, moving successively toward the center. Here the layout has an Entrance Porch, a Bell Tower, and then several central buildings-- for performance of rituals, burning of incense (where prayers are recited), and sanctuaries with statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

The Bell Tower


The Bell Tower


Details of the Bell Tower


Bell tower from the inside of the complex


Left: the Entrance Porch

center: storks on both sides of a carved incense burner at the entrance

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