Phu Tay Ho Temple
West Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Phu Tay Ho Temple is a small temple located on a peninsula that juts into the middle of Ho Tay, the West Lake of Hanoi. It is said to be a popular destination among unmarried people, who come here on Sundays and on the first and 15th day of each lunar month to pray for good fortune.

Phu Tay Ho Temple, on West Lake, Hanoi.

To support the stream of pilgrims going to Phu Tay Ho, the road leading towards it is lined with open-air restaurants selling about the same item -- deep fried shrimps in flour batter. When I visited Phu Tay Ho, I saw that there are hardly any customers in any of these restaurants, and wondered how they survive. I arrived around mid day, perhaps that explains why I did not see many visitors, and got the temple practically all to myself. As far as I see, there was nothing of particular interest to travel enthusiasts that is worth seeing here. Definitely not worth the amount of taxi fare that I paid to get here.

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How to go to Phu Tay Ho Temple

The most straightforward way to reach Phu Tay Ho Temple is from Ba Dinh Square (where the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located). Just head north along Hung Vuong, and that will take you to the West Lake. You need to go around the lake to the north side, where the road turns left into the peninsula. Phu Tay Ho Temple is located at the very tip of the peninsula.

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