Bai Dinh Pagoda is a famous spiritual site in Ninh Binh with the largest area in Vietnam and has set many domestic and regional records such as: Asia’s largest Buddha statue, Vietnam’s largest bell tower…Let’s Local Tours Halong discover Bai Dinh Pagoda!
Where is Bai Dinh Pagoda?
Bai Dinh Pagoda is on Bai Dinh Mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district. This pagoda is about 100km from Hanoi, and only 12km from Ninh Binh center.
This pagoda covers an area of up to 539 hectares. This includes 27 hectares of the ancient Bai Dinh pagoda area and 80 hectares of the new Bai Dinh pagoda area.
Why should you get to Bai Dinh Pagoda?
Coming to Bai Dinh Pagoda, you will discover many records of Vietnam as well as Southeast Asia:
- The largest pagoda in Vietnam.
- The pagoda has the largest bronze Buddha in Asia.
- The largest bronze Maitreya Buddha in Southeast Asia.
- The largest bronze bell in Vietnam.
What does Bai Dinh Pagoda have to attract tourist?
The Triple Gate of Bai Dinh Pagoda.
In the journey to Bai Dinh pagoda in Ninh Binh, you will pass through the Tam Coc gate, with four Chinese charactes “Minh top beauty”. Legend has it that these are four great words in Chinese.
This is a very beautiful and valuable Buddist temple, worthy of being inscribes in the inscription engraved on the top of the bronze for everyone to know.
This is a place you should not miss when going to Bai Dinh pagoda, which is the Arhat corridor including 234 compartments connecting the two ends of Tam Quan. This work has a length of up to 1052m with 500 statues of Arhats made from monolithic green stone weighing about 4 tons.
Bell Tower is one of the famous works of the new Bai Dinh pagoda architecture. The tower is built of reinforced concrete with imitation of wood with the architecture modeled after the style of the old bell towers.
The shrine of Guan Yin Bodhisativa
The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Palace was built entirely of wood, 100% wooden architecture. The palace is 14.8m high, 16.8m wide, including 7 compartments (5 main compartments, 6.6m wide in the middle, 4 compartments on both sides, 6m wide each and 2 gables, each room is 4.2m wide) . Here, there is a statue of Thien PhuThien Nhan Quan Yin, that is, the statue of Quan Yin with a thousand eyes and thousand hands.
The 13-storey stupa is considered the soul of Bai Dinh pagoda. The 13th floor of the stupa is where the Buddha’s relics were worshiped from India, Thailand and Myanmar in 2008. Standing here we can see the whole view of Bai Dinh pagoda from above.
Three Words Court at Bai Dinh Pagoda
This temple worships 3 identical statues of Buddha which represent for the past, the present and the future.
The best time to get to Bai Dinh Pagoda?
You can visit and sightsee in any color of the year. But you should go to Bai Dinh Pagoda during the Lunar New Year (late January, early February) and spring (January to March). At this time, there are many interesting festivals and entertainment activities along with the exciting atmosphere that makes you feel great.
Tram Tiecket Price: 30.000 VND/person
How to get to Bai Dinh Pagoda?
- Bus: you can go to My Dinh / Nuoc Ngam / Giap Bat bus station in Hanoi to go to Nho Quan or Kim Son bus station in Ninh Binh. Then take a motorbike taxi or taxi to go to Bai Dinh Pagoda.
- Limousine: pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and take you to Bai Dinh Pagoda with better services than a bus
- Train: Taking the train to Ninh Binh is also an interesting experience. This way, you board the train from Hanoi and get off at Ninh Binh station. From here you can take a bus or taxi to Bai Dinh. Train ticket prices range from 70,000 to 120,000 VND/person, depending on seat class.
- Private car or motorbike: You can easily rent a car in Hanoi. If traveling in a small group, renting a car is the optimal choice for you. You follow National Highway 1A to Ninh Binh city center and then follow the signpost to Bai Dinh Pagoda.
Tips for your AMAZING Bai Dinh Pagoda Day Trip:
- It is advised to bring along some pairs of sports shoes instead of wearing high-heels or doll shoes to protect the feet and make it convenient for moving as well. Because of the mountain, pagoda climbing will be included in the journey. Visitors may pack formal clothing when entering pagodas. Tourists should wear comfortable clothing, not tight, sweat-proof ones.
- There are many shops selling interesting souvenirs and attractive specialties. However, the price in the mountains is often much higher than that outside. Therefore, to buy local specialties as presents, tourists should go the foot of the mountains to buy at a cheaper price.
- At the beginning of springtime, it often has drizzle. In case of that, visitors may bring a small carefully-folded umbrella.
- Remember to bring some penny when coming to pagodas and donating. Visitors should avoid putting money on Buddha statue. This behavior can damage the beauty of the pagoda area. Instead, tourists had better donate money into donation boxes.
If you are busy or can’t arrange a tour for yourself, we suggest some tours below you can refer to:
- Choose Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An Boating Full Day Tour – Small Group to explore Bai Dinh pagoda, explore limestone caves and spiritual areas in Trang An – a world natural and cultural heritage.
- If you like trekking, please refer to Private Tour: Bai Binh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full Day From Hanoi you will try your best when trekking 500 steps to the top of the cave to see the whole scene of Tam Coc along with beautiful check-in photos.