Trấn Quốc Pagode

On our last day in Hanoi we took a bus to the Trấn Quốc pagode, originally created in the sixth century and part of the oldest Buddhist temple of Hanoi. Having not really a clue what we were doing we took a bus with a number that was going from the old quarters, where our hotel was, to the pagode. After a while we noticed we were not going in the right direction at all. Apparently we took the bus in the wrong direction and were dropped clueless at the end terminal of bus number 24. With some sign language and pointing at google maps to our destination we were ordered into the next bus, about to leave in 20 minutes or so. Being a communist country it was somewhat dissapointing that we had to buy new tickets. Lucky for us they are only 7000 dong, something like 0,35 euro.

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Our bus journey through the city was quite interesting in the end. We drove through very bad neighbourhoods and saw all kinds of funny things happening on the streets around us. Totally worth the time and money. Window cleanliness could be improved on.
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The luxurious bus interior. The guy in the middle of the bus sells the tickets.
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From the bus stop we had to walk next to the lake. Quite good visibility for Hanoi standards.
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Approach to the pagode alongside the lake.
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No wear the shorts. Please, all the people!

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I'm smaller than the Bonsai!
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We walked back through a large park, but it was not very interesting except for some guys playing foot badminton.
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