Bai Dinh Pagoda
Dubbed the temple with the most records, Bai Dinh pagoda in Ninh Binh has become a famous spiritual tourist destination attracting tourists when coming to the ancient capital. Not only is it a sacred place, this place is also impressed by its magnificent architecture and unique scenery.
- Monday06:00 – 22:00
- Tuesday06:00 – 22:00
- Wednesday06:00 – 22:00
- Thursday06:00 – 22:00
- Friday06:00 – 22:00
- Saturday06:00 – 22:00
- Sunday06:00 – 22:00
About Bai Dinh Pagoda
The current pagoda complex covers an area of 539 hectares, including 27 hectares of the ancient Bai Dinh pagoda area with a history dating back to the Dinh dynasty and 80 hectares of the newly built Bai Dinh pagoda area in 2003, among other items.
Surrounding the pagoda are the majestic and tall limestone arcs, which blend in with the pagoda scene to form a massive and dignified work. With the current size of the temple, there are few other temples in Vietnam that can match it.
Bai Dinh pagoda is located on Bai Dinh mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, 5km northwest of Hoa Lu ancient capital and 12km from Ninh Binh city. Visitors can rent a car or ride a motorbike or car.
From Ninh Binh, visitors follow the road to Dinh Le relic area. At the end of the road, turn right, then go straight until you see the dike and turn left until you see Bai Dinh pagoda.
The best time to go to Bai Dinh Pagoda is in the spring. Every year, people often flock to the temple festival from the afternoon of the 1st of Tet. The next one will open on the 6th of the Lunar New Year and last until the end of the 3rd lunar month.
If you don’t like the hustle and bustle, you can come to the temple at other times of the year.
Visitors here can offer incense to pray for peace for themselves and their loved ones. In the midst of a sacred place, immense heaven and earth, and the sound of bells ringing, visitors will find their hearts at ease, forgetting all worries of daily life.
Visitors can visit some highlights such as Phat Ba Palace, Phap Chu Palace, Tam The Palace, Bright Cave, Dark Cave, Thanh Nguyen Temple, Bell Tower, Jade Well, Stupa.
In addition, with the beautiful natural landscape, visitors can take photos as a souvenir for their trip.
Tram ticket price to visit Bai Dinh pagoda
Currently, the management board does not sell tickets to the entrance of Bai Dinh Pagoda but only sells tram tickets to visit the pagoda for 40,000 VND / person / time.
If you do not want to take the tram, you can absolutely choose to walk to enjoy the view of the pagoda, so you only have to pay the parking fee (about 20,000 VND / motorbike) if you ride here.
NEW BAI DINH PAGODA
Tam Quan Ngoai
Bai Dinh Pagoda has 3 foreign entrances built high and wide, symbolizing 3 doors to enter the temple. Each of the three exterior doors has 3 doors, built with reinforced concrete and stone outside, with four small curved roofs with stone roofs above.
Tam Quan Noi
Tam Quan Noi was built entirely of Tu Thiet wood, 16.5m high, 32m long, 13.5m wide. Tam Quan Noi has 4 female columns, each column is 13.85m high, 0.87m in diameter and weighs about 10 tons.
The Arhat corridor is designed entirely of wood, the roof trusses are structured in the style of a gong rack with a double bed, consisting of 2 rows, 3,400m long with 250 compartments, each space is 4.5m x 4.5m in size. . Along the left and right corridors, 500 Arhat statues carved in monolithic stone are placed, crafted by artisans of Ninh Van stone village (Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh).
The bell tower is built of reinforced concrete with imitation wood, the architecture of the ancient bell tower, octagonal shape, has 3 curved roofs, roofed with dark brown Bat Trang pipe glazed tiles. The bell tower is 22m high, 17m in diameter, bearing the shape of a lotus flower.
Quan The Am Bodhisattva was built entirely of wood, including 7 compartments, 14.8m high, 40.4m long, 16.8m wide. In the middle of the hall, there is a statue of Quan De Quan Am with thousand eyes and thousand hands cast in gilded bronze, weighing 80 tons, 9.57m high.
Lake of Liberation
Phong Sinh Lake has a width of 63m, a length of 77m, an area of nearly 5000m2. In the lotus pond. Lotus is a symbol of Buddha and Nirvana. The lake below is yin, the pagoda above is yang.
Master of Law
The main temple of Bai Dinh pagoda worshiping Buddha was built entirely of reinforced concrete and imitation wood, very massive, majestic, nearly 30m high to the roof, 44.7m long, 43.3m wide, with an area of 1,945m.
Tam The Tower is also built of reinforced concrete with imitation of wood, with 3 curved roofs, including 12 roofs on four sides.
Bai Dinh is the temple with the most Bodhi trees in Vietnam. On May 17, 2008, on the occasion of the United Nations Day of Vesak in Vietnam, 100 Bodhi trees from the Indian Bodhi tree were planted by the leaders of Vietnam and the world on the temple grounds.
The stele house consists of 55 compartments, mainly inscribed with the names of those who donated to build Bai Dinh pagoda. To the west, east and south are 18 compartments, each with a stone stele on the back of a stone turtle.
Maitreya Buddha Statue
Maitreya Buddha statue is located on the top of the highest hill in the temple area, about 100m high above the temple yard. It is the Buddha of the Future, cast in bronze in the incarnation of a monk going begging. The statue is more than 10m high and weighs 80 tons.
Stupa of Bai Dinh Pagoda
With a height of 100 m, 13 floors, with an elevator and 72 climbing steps, the stupa at Bai Dinh Pagoda is a place to display Buddha relics from India.
Experience traveling Ninh Binh
1. What month should you go to Ninh Binh?
Visitors can travel Ninh Binh by motorbike in all four seasons of the year. However, according to shared Ninh Binh travel experiences, two beautiful times to visit this place are spring and early summer.
- From January to March: This time there are many festivals and spring travel activities taking place, so visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and participate in exciting New Year’s festivals.
- From April to June: This is the time of Ninh Binh in summer but the weather is not too hot. Coming here at this time, visitors will admire the ripe rice fields in Tam Coc and the flora ecosystem in Cuc Phuong forest.
2. Distance from Hanoi to Bai Dinh
How many kilometers is the distance from Hanoi to Bai Dinh is the question you ask the most. And by what means of transport from Hanoi to Bai Dinh , I would like to share below:
The road from Hanoi to Bai Dinh is about 97km, and there are many routes for you to choose from.
The way from Hanoi to Bai Dinh by motorbike : In the inner city of Hanoi, you follow Giai Phong street, go through the old national highway 1, pass Thuong Tin district and then go to Gie bridge, turn left in the direction of the national highway to Phu city. Ly – Ha Nam. From Ha Nam, you continue to go straight for about 15km and you will see the road turning to Ninh Binh (with signposts) you turn right and follow the directions for another 35km to Ninh Binh city. From the point of Ninh Binh city, there will be a signpost to turn to Bai Dinh, you drive in this direction about 7km to Bai Dinh.
The way from Hanoi to Bai Dinh by car : From the inner city of Hanoi, you move to Phap Van and then go straight to Phap Van – Cau Gie highway, go straight about 35km to Gie bridge, cross this bridge you continue Continue to follow the instructions on the first route above, you will reach Bai Dinh – Ninh Binh.