But Thap Pagoda on the bank of Duong River, Bac Ninh Province was reconstructed in the 17th century by the monk Zhus Zhus (regarded as the founder of the pagoda) and Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc, a daughter of Lord Trinh Trang. In the Nei Kung Wai Kwo architectural style, But Thap Pagoda has the shape of the Chinese script Kung inside and the script Kwo outside.
The pagoda features more than 100 compartments and 10 buildings spread over 100 meters from the three-entrance gate to the bell-tower and back house. Inside the temple are more than 50 statues in different sizes and the most remarkable is "thousand-hands, thousand-eyes" Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin in Chinese) made in 1656 and took several years for completion. Behind the backyard garden stand two stone stupas of the monk Zhus Zhus and Minh Hanh. Once visiting in 1876, the King Tu Duc saw the stone stupa's shape like a pen and named this pagoda But Thap.
Đồng Kỵ furniture village is located in Từ Sơn district, Bắc Ninh province, over 20km from Hanoi. There are many furniture shops on both sides of the street, plus the mills to stock the timbers. Some furniture are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. We can find wooden chairs, tables, beds, wardrobes, Buddha statues as well as pearl inlay pictures at the shops. These products are for both local sale and overseas export.
Itinerary in details:
We drive 30 km (0.5 hour) from Hanoi to the famous 300 hundred year-old Pagoda of ButThap, which was built by the late Le Dynasty including 10 buildings spread over 100 meters, from the three-entrance gate to the bell-tower and back house. After that we transfer about 30 km through the scenic countryside of the Red River to Dong Ky village where you see all Vietnamese traditional wooden furniture manually made decorated with pearl mother inlays.
Ø English speaking guide
Ø Private A/C Transportation
Ø Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Hanoi
Ø All tours with entrance fees to indicated sights
Ø All government taxes and service charges
Ø A bottle of mineral water per person
Ø Airport taxes;
Ø Visas and visa arrangement
Ø Travel insurance;
Ø Food & drinks not mentioned;
Ø Personal expenses such as tips, bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on number of people in your group and time of travel. Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.