Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh is a must-see attraction for tourists near and far. But you will be even more surprised to know that this temple complex is holding many records not only of Vietnam but also of Asia.
The largest pagoda in Vietnam
The current Bai Dinh 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. Given the current size of Bai Dinh Pagoda, there is hardly another temple in Vietnam that can match it.
The largest gold-plated bronze Buddha statue in Asia
The statue of Shakyamuni Buddha sitting on a lotus and reciting lotus flowers in the main hall in the temple’s Dharma master shrine has been set a record by the Asian Record Center as the Buddha Statue . the largest gilded bronze in the whole continent. The statue is 10m high, weighs 100 tons of pure copper inlaid with gold, placed on a 1.5m high pedestal is one of the symbols of Bai Dinh pagoda.
The largest bronze Maitreya Buddha statue in Southeast Asia
This statue is located on the hill to the right of Tam The Buddha shrine, so when traveling to Bai Dinh Pagoda, visitors can easily observe it. This statue was once confirmed by the Vietnamese record as the largest Maitreya statue in the country. The area where this bronze statue is located up to 10m high and weighs up to 80 tons is also a very famous photo spot for tourists when visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda .
The tallest stupa in Southeast Asia
Located in the west of Tam The Palace in the new Bai Dinh pagoda area , the Xa Loi Stupa consists of 13 floors with a hexagonal circumference of 24m and a height of 99m – a symbolic number. for eternity, goodness and luck. The stupa was designed and built in a purely Vietnamese style with architecture imbued with Buddhism in the Ly Dynasty . The top floor of the tower is the place to preserve and worship the relics of the Buddha welcomed from India.
The pagoda area has the largest jade well in Vietnam
The Jade Well of Bai Dinh Pagoda was newly rebuilt at the location of the old Ngoc Well located near the foot of Bai Dinh Mountain, associated with a miraculous story nearly 1,000 years ago when Zen master Nguyen Minh Khong took water to decoction to cure diseases. people. The well has a moon shape, 30m in diameter, 6m deep and especially never runs out of water. This place was honored to be set a record by the Vietnam Record Book Center in 2007.
The largest bronze bell in Vietnam
named Dai Hong Chung , this bell weighs 36 tons, is 5.5m high, 3.7m in diameter, placed in the Bell Tower of the temple, used in chanting and worshiping. The bell is cast entirely from domestically produced red copper, on the body there are many patterns and motifs simulating from the ancient bells, clearly showing the kanji engraved with the Buddhist theme.
The pagoda has the most Arhat statues in Vietnam
In the temple, there are 500 Arhat statues made from monolithic stone about 1.5m to 2m high, placed along the Arhat corridor. These statues are carved very delicately and softly. Most unique is that these statues all have different standing, sitting, and face shapes. The expressions of the Arhats are also very interesting.
One of the most famous and beautiful tourist destinations in the North is currently Bai Dinh pagoda complex, besides there is also Trang An landscape complex.The charming, poetic and peaceful young water scene makes people have a sense of escapism and stillness. Finding the most pristine and peaceful things in your soul, immersing yourself in the Buddhist space that holds the most records in Asia will be an interesting experience in the journeys of your life.