Discover Am Tien cave, “Treasure cup” of the ancient capital of Ninh Binh

An Tien cave in Ninh Binh has a long history and is associated with the country’s history since the reign of King Dinh Tien Hoang. Recently, this place has become more known to tourists and has been given the beautiful name “wonderful love cup”. Let’s discover the mysterious beauty of this wonderful fairyland in Ninh Binh!

Am Tiem Cave and the flow of national history

An Tiem cave is a scenic spot belonging to Hoa Lu ancient capital relic complex in Truong Yen land, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh. Am Tiem cave under the Dinh dynasty was originally a place where tigers were kept to punish criminals. Right at the foot of Dia mountain is Ao Giai, where the king raised crocodiles to throw sinners into the pond for fish to eat. It can be said that this area is the court for the king to rule the country. 

This is where King Le Dai Hanh locked prisoners of the invading Song Dynasty: Quach Quan Bien, Trieu Phung Huan until they were handed over to Ly Giac in 986. In addition, in this area, there are Muoi cave, Tien cave, etc. … was the place where the king kept the treasury and food in the Dinh Le dynasty.

In the last years of her life, Empress Dowager Duong Van Nga also ordained as a monk at Am Tiem pagoda with the legal name Bao Quang Hoang Thai Hau. In the Ly dynasty, Zen master Nguyen Minh did not stay in the cave, chanting and preaching the Dharma, and built more Buddha altars in the cave.

Currently, the area of ​​Am Tien cave in Ninh Binh has been renovated, restored and built a new temple area on the way to the ancient pagoda cave. The new Am Tien area in addition to worshiping Buddha and Zen master Nguyen Minh Khong, this is also a temple for famous people of the Dinh dynasty such as Great God Truong Mani, concubine Truong Quan Son, Princess Phu Dung and Queen Duong Van Nga.

 The poetic beauty of Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh

The location of Ninh Binh Coc Coc is quite convenient for your journey to discover Ninh Binh tourist attractions. Tuyet Tinh Coc is located right next to Hoa Lu ancient capital, about 400m from the east gate of King Dinh Tien Hoang temple. Also on the way to Am Tien cave you will pass through Trang An Ninh Binh tourist area, you can arrange to visit these places during your trip.

In addition to the historical values ​​of Am Tiem cave, this place is also visited by tourists with its fairy-tale beauty and is compared to Tuyet Tinh Coc in Ninh Binh. Most of the Am Tien cave area is a flooded valley surrounded by rocky cliffs. This place still retains the wild and natural beauty, so you will not be able to resist the enchanting, ancient and charming beauty.

The absolute beauty of Hoa Lu Ninh Binh that makes visitors fascinated is the beauty of a clear blue lake surrounded by rocky mountains – a feature of the beauty in Ninh Binh. Around the lakeside, there is a smooth paved path, it takes you 15 minutes to walk if you want to go all the way around this lake. The clear blue water can see deep down to the bottom of the lake. The algae and creatures under the lake also flourish, adding a poetic and mysterious look to this place. You can leisurely walk around the lake to feel the fairyland right in the world.

To get to Am Tien cave you have to climb 205 steps, along this step are shaded by trees with rays of sunlight shining down on your path. Going all these steps, you will recognize Am Tien cave door with a large bell. Legend has it that this is the place where Queen Duong Van Nga practiced.
Standing at the pagoda on Am Tiem cave , you can see the majestic space of the high horned mountains and the clear blue lake like a gentle silk carpet stretching below the eye level. 


As a new tourist destination , and popular with young people, Ninh Binh was once a small lake with jade green colors, nestled between craggy and vertical cliffs creating a bold space. swordsmanship. However, the ticket price to visit this destination is only 20,000 VND/person. If calculating the total cost of travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh province and the ticket price is only from 200,000 VND.

In addition, visitors should prepare an estimated cost to enjoy the specialties here, the most famous is still mountain goat meat, which is very delicious and processed at the request of guests.

Sightseeing spots in Am Tien Cave

Besides the lake with charming, emerald green water and majestic limestone mountains, visitors can visit some places in Am Tien cave such as:

  • Stone citadel gate: is the majestic gate at Am Tien cave, which leaves clear imprints of a glorious historical period. The upright and solid stone ways along with ancient architecture open up an ancient space full of nostalgia.
  • Am Tien Pagoda: The name of the pagoda along with the name with the absolute love cup is Am Tien Ninh Binh pagoda, where in the past was named by Zen master Nguyen Minh for the purpose of dissolving the souls of the prisoners on death row in the past. Previously, the main cave in Am Tien cave was the execution ground for criminals, the guilty would be released, below the cave were ferocious animals kept like tigers as a deterrent. This is also the reclusive place of Queen Duong Van Nga.


  • It is necessary to bring spring water, a hat, to avoid dehydration when climbing to the top of the mountain.
  • Wear sports shoes or lightweight, sweat-wicking clothing, suitable for climbing.
  • You should only climb the mountain before 4 pm, not later because from November onwards it is very dark, climbing will be quite dangerous.
  • Observe the regulations when visiting to keep hygiene, do not litter indiscriminately.

The wonderful trip to Ninh Binh will leave you with the imprints of the historical ancient capital, satisfied with the poetic beauty of the fairyland. If you are in need of such experiences, immediately come to Am Tien cave – the most beautiful cup of flowers in Ninh Binh on the nearest day.

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