Established as a stopping point for visiting Buddhist dignitaries, Chua Quan Su or Ambassador’s Pagoda is named after a guesthouse that once stood here in the 15th century. The official center of Mahayana Buddhism in Hanoi, it is one of the most popular pagodas in the city, attracting hundreds of follow ers, especially during important Buddhist holidays. The presentday pagoda dates from 1942 and houses images of the past, present, and future incarnations of the Buddha – the A Di Da or Amitabha, Thich Ca or Sakyamuni, and Di Lac or Maitreya Buddhas. Many nuns and monks are in attendance. A small shop by the entrance sells Buddhist paraphernalia and ritualistic items.