Ky Lan is a mountainous island located in the center of Ninh Binh City, next to National Highway 1A and Trang An Avenue connecting the city center to tourism area Trang An – Hoa Lu – Bai Dinh Pagoda.
Ki Lan Mountain brings romantic beauty and lyrical than all the mountain in Ninh Binh. This is also the reason of that the Ky Lan mountain is known as “green pearl” in the heart of Ninh Binh Vietnam.
The name of Ki Lan Mountain
The name of Mountain originates from its special shape. Ki Lan has a mountain-shape like a Chinese unicorn head looking north. The mountain is high over 50m and the north of the mountainside is similar to a unicorn’s jaw. Surrounding the mountain are the undulating cliffs, the green trees like mane and beard of the unicorn.
The picturesque sceneries
The small Ky Lan mountain is mirrored on the river. At the top is the curving prominent roof of Ki Lan Mount Pagoda printed on the blue sky. The Mountain is enclosed by the green of leaves At the foot of the mountain, the glittering red phoenix flowers along with the stone bridges create a poetic picture that leaves a good impression on visitors arriving in Ninh Binh.
In order to reach Mount Ky Lan, visitors have to cross a seven-span stone arch bridge over the lake. The bridge is 2m wide, 4m high and 30m long. The bridge is joined by large stone solid plates. Stepping to the foot of Ky Lan Mountain, the tourists’ bodies will be quickly covered by the fresh and cool air. The combination of freshwater lake, the green trees and rare birds and animals in the Ky Lan Mountain has formed the unique enchanting miniature scenery. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand why local people and tourists have called Mount Ky Lan a “green pearl”.
Although it is only a small mountain, Ky Lan Mountain has five caves: Toi (Dark) Sang (Light) Caves, Ngang Cave, Trung Cave and Den (Temple) Cave. Ngang Cave is about 8 meters deep, Den Cave is adjacent to the Temple of Goddess in the North West. Trung Cave is at the back of the mountain, about 10 meters deep, vast and can hold hundreds of people.
Sitting in Nghenh Phong Cac which hides on the top of Ky Lan Mountain, you can see the whole of Ninh Binh. Looking to the west is the large freshwater Ky Lan lake, the monumental limestone mountains surrounding the Trang An eco-tourism, Bai Dinh pagoda or the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Ninh Binh’s majestic mountains and landscape suddenly are shrunk in your sight. It is a suitable place to enjoy tea and experience the life of ancient Hoa Lu people.
Mount Ky Lan is a spectacular penjing created by the Mother Nature and made beauty by the hands of man. Thus, it has become a beautiful landscape and the ideal destination for many domestic and international visitors. If you are so tired because of the noise in the city, a private Ninh Binh tour is best for you to have the peace moments.