Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a religious complex which is very well-known for many Asian and Vietnamese records – one of Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist complex. The complex of Buddhist temples locates on Bai Dinh mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district. The Pagoda is 5 kilometers to the Northwest from Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and 15 kilometers from Ninh Binh city 95km from Hanoi.
Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex from above
The complex consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including one that’s made of bronze and is 10 metres in height. It has a large campus with 539 hectares including 27 hectares of the old and the newly built areas. Bai Dinh Pagoda welcomes thousands of travelers each year.
Statues of Buddha in the pagoda complex
The new pagoda was built in 2003 that make its architecture very modern. Bai Dinh Pagoda has become the largest spiritual and cultural temple complex of Vietnam and Southeast Asia. There have been 8 records in Vietnam, as well as Asia about Bai Dinh, such as the biggest bronze bell in Vietnam, the highest and heaviest Buddha statue in Asia, the biggest gold-plated Tam The statue in Vietnam, the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Southeast Asia, and so on.
Statue of Bodhisattva at Bai Dinh Pagoda
Visiting Bai Dinh pagoda you are no need to pay entrance fee, but it costs 60.000 VND for 2 ways if you hire a electric car to go for a sighseeing and visit tower. The pagoda is opened from 6:00 am everyday and usually closed at 06:00 pm.
The Best Time to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda
The most suitable time for Bai Dinh Pagoda trips is in spring (from January to March of the Lunar Year) when the weather is warm. Visitors can combine spring traveling, sightseeing, praying for luck in the temple and participating in big festivals in both Trang An and Bai Dinh.
However, this time is the peak of festival tourist season, so there are a huge number of visitors, which leads to overload and overcrowding. Therefore, if any visitors do not like the situations, they can travel to Bai Dinh at another time in the year.
Bell Tower at Bai Dinh Pagoda