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Kim Liên (golden lotus) pagoda on the bank of Ho Tay (West Lake), Hanoi is described as the most beautiful pagoda in Hanoi.
The pagoda, origin name is Nghi Tam, was built in 1631 to worship Buddha and the princess Tu Hoa. It has been said that Princess Tu Hoa, a daughter of King Ly Than Tong who reigned between 1128 and 1138, moved to Nghi Tam Village to teach the villagers to cultivate mulberries, raise silkworms and weave silk.
The pagoda was renovated many times in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1711 Lord Trinh Sam ordered a large-scale renovation of the pagoda and renamed it as Kim Lien.