Duyen Ninh Pagoda – a sacred temple in Ninh Binh

Visiting the ancient capital of Hoa Lu Ninh Binh without stopping at Duyen Ninh pagoda is definitely a big omission. Did you know this is one of the most famous and sacred temples in Vietnam. Let’s find out with Bike Plus!

Duyen Ninh Pagoda is located in a relatively convenient location for tourists, the pagoda is 4km from Am Tien Cave in the direction from Trang An to Bai Dinh Pagoda, very close to King Dinh Tien Hoang Temple.

According to recorded documents, this is an ancient temple, built in the 10th century under King Dinh Tien Hoang. According to legend, Duyen Ninh pagoda was the place where the princesses of the Dinh – Le dynasties used to go back and forth.

According to recorded history, here, princess Le Thi Phat Ngan and general Ly Cong Uan swore an oath there to give birth to Ly Phat Ma (later King Ly Thai Tong) in the year 1000. Later when Ly Thai When Tong returned here to quell the rebellion, Khai Quoc Vuong changed the name of the pagoda to Duyen Ninh pagoda.

At the end of her life, Empress Phat Ngan came here to practice and look after the grave of her father, Emperor Le Dai Hanh. Here, the Queen cooperated for many couples to become a couple and since then Duyen Ninh has become a temple to pray for luck in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.

Later, when Ly Thai Tong returned here to quell the rebellion, Khai Quoc Vuong changed the name of the pagoda to Duyen Ninh pagoda.

After 1,000 years of existence, the ancient architecture of the temple is almost gone. Because it is located between two famous tourist destinations, Trang An and Bai Dinh pagoda, Duyen Ninh pagoda is known by many people, especially young people who want to pray for good luck in the road of love.

Right from the entrance, visitors have seen the meticulousness and sophistication in the design. On the domes or roofs of the communal house are sculpted with sophisticated motifs with high difficulty along with the sharpness and sophistication in each pattern. In particular, the temple “backs” to the mountain, so the atmosphere and space are filled with natural breath, cool and fresh.

For many years now, Duyen Ninh Pagoda has been visited by many tourists and Buddhists, considering it one of the most sacred temples in Vietnam.

Means of transportation to the temple

Duyen Ninh Pagoda is located about 10km from the center of Ninh Binh city. Therefore, visitors can choose to travel by many means, including public or private transport. However, for convenience and to visit many other tourist attractions, you should travel by personal means such as cars or motorbikes.

In addition, you can also travel by bus or taxi with many stops quite close to the temple. However, you will find it difficult to master your trip and have to depend a lot on external objective factors. Especially, it takes time to wait for buses and taxis to arrive.

How do you go to Duyen Ninh pagoda to pray for luck?

When going to Duyen Ninh pagoda to pray for luck, you can completely go to the ceremony according to your intentions because no matter what you pray for, sincerity is always the most important. Here are some of the offerings that you can refer to to prepare the offerings in advance. In addition, if you are more careful, you can ask the opinions of local people to make the most thoughtful and appropriate ceremony. 

  • Fruits: You can choose seasonal fruits of the year and prioritize fruits with colorful colors such as yellow, blue, red, etc.
  • Betel nut: Normally, you will need 1 betel nut and 3 betel leaves
  • Types of cakes: Banh chung and banh day one of each, banh xeo need a pair with the meaning of charm, becoming a pair.
  • Gold coins: There should be 5 ceremonies 

Above is the information about the  “famous” Duyen Ninh temple in Ninh Binh that Bike Plus would like to introduce to you. Tet is almost here, if any of you sit still for a whole year but love has not yet come, why not prepare a gift to go to the temple to make yourself charming.

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