Possessing an impressive spacious area of up to 300 hectares with architectural works of high cultural and historical value and charming landscapes, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is one of four core areas of the famous complex. Trang An Victory was officially recognized by UNESCO as the first and only dual cultural heritage in Southeast Asia in 2014. The ancient capital is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ninh Binh today now.
Hoa Lu ancient capital – A mark of a golden age of the nation
If you have the opportunity to return to the ancient capital on your journey to explore Ninh Binh, you will definitely be surprised by the quiet, nostalgic scenery and subtle aftertaste of time here. But somewhere in the ramparts and walls, you will still recognize the majesty and majesty of a magnificent imperial capital in the past.
With an impressively acreage area of more than 300 hectares, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is a relic complex with architectural works of city walls, caves, temples, tombs and other works of historical and cultural value high chemistry. The ancient capital is divided into 3 areas, including: special protection zone, buffer zone and related relics.
The special protection zone includes the entire area inside Hoa Lu citadel, with relics that still exist today such as King Le Dai Hanh temple, King Dinh Tien Hoang temple, Princess Phat Kim temple, Nhat Tru pagoda, Vuon Thien palace, Kim Ngan pagoda, Cau Den stele, Co Am pagoda, Cho palace, Bim cave, Duyen Ninh pagoda, Sao Khe river and city walls, underground palace foundation.
Meanwhile, the buffer zone of Hoa Lu ancient capital includes the landscape area on both sides of Sao Khe stream, Trang An scenic complex with a system of pagodas and Am Tien Cave, Yen Trach communal house, Muoi cave, Quan cave, and Hoa Lu cave. Sinh Duoc cave, Luon cave, Dia Linh cave, Ba Giot cave, Nau Ruou cave, Ba Ngo pagoda, Tran temple, Khong palace, Dong palace, Lien Hoa cave, Boi cave, etc.
Related relics in the Hoa Lu ancient capital complex played an important role during the Dinh dynasty, including the ancient Bai Dinh pagoda system, South gate, Dong gate, Hoa Lu cave, Thien Ton cave, Dinh Bo Linh temple. along with other relics worshiping King Dinh in Ninh Binh province.
When is the right time to travel to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh?
You can come to Hoa Lu at any time of the year. However, spring is the most beautiful time as well as many festivals are held, so this is the right time for you if you want to participate and experience the bustling, crowded atmosphere of these festivals. If you are someone who likes quiet and wants to enjoy the peaceful space of this place, you can choose to go on the remaining days.
Explore the relic of King Dinh temple and King Le temple
Most notably, there are still two relics here: King Dinh temple and King Le temple. These are two monuments built around the 17th century with extremely elaborate and unique sculptures on wood and stone. The road to King Dinh temple leads visitors under the canopy of poinciana trees along the road.
People call Hoa Lu the stone citadel and the temples of King Dinh and King Le also used many materials from stone. For example, when entering the temple yard, visitors will see a floor made of boulders and two flanking goats also carved from monolithic green stone. Entering the harem, visitors will see a statue worshiping King Dinh cast in bronze and placed on a green stone.
King Le’s temple is located 50m away from King Dinh’s temple and has the same structure. 200 meters from King Le Temple, is Nhat Tru Pagoda, built during the reign of King Le Dai Hanh. In front of the temple door is a stone pillar, 4.16 meters high, eight-sided shape, engraved with the Shurangama Sutra made by the king to offer to the Buddha. . Located right next to it is a relic associated with the story of King Dinh Tien Hoang’s third princess, who jumped into a well and committed suicide rather than follow her husband and betray her father. This temple worships that princess.
Some notes when visiting
Hoa Lu Ninh Binh is a spiritual tourist destination, so when coming here you need to dress politely and discreetly. When visiting the temples of King Dinh and King Le, you need to be gentle and orderly to maintain dignity as well as burn incense to show respect to the kings who have contributed to the country.
It is necessary to follow the instructions of the monument management board or tour guide if traveling in a group.
Must throw trash in the right place, do not litter indiscriminately.
If you go on your own, you should look at the map in advance to make your discovery journey more convenient.
You can directly chat with the elders in the temple relics management board to learn more deeply about the history, cultural values, architecture… of the relics.
If you want to see with your own eyes and admire works of extremely historical value as well as architectural value, then come quickly to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu Ninh Binh – a work of great historical significance. that our ancestors’ generation has worked hard to preserve and preserve until now. Let’s come here to visit the ancient capital and relive the heroic moments of the nation’s history.