Bai Dinh pagoda in Ninh Binh

Overview: Bai Dinh pagoda is one of the new pagodas in Vietnam, but it is recorded the largest pagoda in Vietnam & South East Asia. Today Bai Dinh pagoda and temple complex becomes one of the most attractive places for Vietnamese people & foreigners to visit & admire of the magnificent beauty of constructions & architecture of pagoda.

Locations: It is located in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. It is 97 km from Hanoi capital & takes about 2-hour driving by car to Bai Dinh Pagoda.  It is combined to visit with other tourist destinations in Ninh Binh province such as Tam Coc, Trang An, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Bich Dong, and Hang Mua, Cuc Phuong national park, Van Long & Kenh Ga.

What do you visit in Bai Dinh Pagoda? This is a large complex that includes many structures built over several phases starting in 2003 and finally completed in 2010. The temple’s architecture follows traditional lines, consisting of large halls, courtyards, and enclosures. The huge scale of Bai Dinh makes it strikingly different from previously built Vietnamese Buddhist pagodas, however. The largest structure, the Tam The Hall, rises to 34 m at its roof ridge and measures over 59 m in length. The construction materials include locally quarried stone and timber from Ninh Bình and tiles from Bat Trang (reinforced concrete was also employed owing to the scale of construction). The temple adheres to traditional Vietnamese design aesthetics with its curve finials and corner eaves soaring outward and upward, resembling a phoenix’s tail. Artisanal works from local handicraft villages were selected for the interior, with bronze sculptures from Y Yen, stone carvings from Ninh Van, wood carpentry from Phu Loc, and embroidery from Ninh Hai.

The Ninh Binh Tours to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda: We leave Hanoi Capital by Bus/Car for 2-hour driving to the south of Hanoi. Then in the group of a pagoda, we buy an electric car to take a tour up to the first level of the pagoda where travelers start a climb up with 500 of limestone steps to reach up to the second level where is admire of the observation station view of the valley and a part of Gia Vien district. We will return to the base of the pagoda by electric car or walking down on foot. Normally, travelers will spend time on visiting pagoda around 2 hours then return. Travelers can choose to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda in the morning or in the afternoon, most travelers choose to come to this pagoda in the morning before having lunch then take a boat trip to explore Trang An (2 hours) then return to Hanoi. But for Ecoway Travel would like to make a difference with others, we will visit Trang An first in the morning, visit Bai Dinh pagoda in the afternoon, this way perhaps avoid touristic time on the way.

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