Guided tour

Dong Ho Village, But Thap & Dau Pagodas Full-Day Tour

Dong Ho Village, But Thap & Dau Pagodas Full-Day Tour

From US$ 80 per person

Spend a fascinating and enchanting day exploring Dong Ho handicraft village and the ancient art form of wood block printing. Visit Thap Pagoda and Dau Pagoda; two of Vietnam's finest pagodas and historically important Buddhist centers.

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  • Discover the ancient art for of wood block printing in Dong Ho village
  • See two of Vietnam's finest Pagodas
  • Visit Thap Pagoda, Vietnam's first Buddhist center
  • Explore Dau Pagoda and the magnificent 17 meter high Hoa Phong tower
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Experience the ancient wood block paintings of Dong Ho and visit two magnificent pagodas on this culturally and spiritually-enriching one day tour. You leave Hanoi for the village of Dong Ho, famous for the ancient painting technique of wood block printing. Folk painting is one of the special cultural features of Vietnam. Prints are made on paper produced from local trees, and paints made from natural materials like clay and rocks, gardenia flowers, and charred bamboo leaves. See these beautiful paintings for yourself, spend some time with local villagers and learn about the fascinating techniques and materials used. Next you drive to But Thap Pagoda where you will find one of the finest pagodas in all of Vietnam and known as Vietnam's first Buddhist center. Spend some time exploring the pagoda and look out for the Avalokitesvara or Goddess of Mercy statue. With no fewer than 11 faces, and 994 eyes and arms, the statue is a beautiful and enchanting sight that you won't want to miss. Next you will enjoy a picnic lunch before moving on to Dau Pagoda, once the most important center for Vietnamese Buddhism. Here you will marvel at the 17-meter high Hoa Phong Tower, constructed in the 6th Century. Finally, explore the magnificent Dau complex and its compartments as you wander through the incense-burning hall and the main temple.
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Picnic lunch
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
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  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

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  • We suggest a small, lightweight daypack for cameras, spare film, drinking water and comfortable walking shoes.
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