Duyen Ninh Pagoda is also called Thu Pagoda by the folks. The pagoda is situated in the special protection area of Hoa Lu ancient capital in Ninh Binh Vietnam. It has been considered one of the most famous pagoda to pray for love in Vietnam.
Located 4km from Am Tien Cave along Trang An Avenue towards Bai Dinh Pagoda, Duyen Ninh Pagoda is quite near the temple of Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang and between the two tourist sites, Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An eco-tourism site. Therefore, it is very convenient for the tourists to visit this pagoda after their Bai Dinh Pagoda tours or Bai Dinh – Trang An 1 day tour
Duyen Ninh Pagoda is in Chi Phong ancient village, Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh. Following Trang An Avenue 10km from Ninh Binh city, the tourists will come to the pagoda. This pagoda is one of six ancient pagodas under Dinh – Le Dynasty that still remains within Hoa Lu ancient capital. Along with Kim Ngan Pagoda, Duyen Ninh Pagoda is in the west of the old capital and faces the northeast.
Duyen Ninh Pagoda was built from the 10th century under the reign of Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang. The pagoda is the place of worshiping Buddha and the monks like Phap Thuan, Khuong Viet and Van Hanh.
According to the historical records, the princesses during Dinh – Le Dynasty often visit this place. Here, Princess Le Thi Phat Ngan and her husband Ly Cong Uan made a promise of love and after that, their son, Ly Phat Ma (Emperor Ly Thai Tong) was born in 1000. When coming back after defeat Khai Quoc Vuong, Ly Thai Tong renamed the pagoda as Duyen Ninh Pagoda. At the end of her life, Queen Phat Ngan stayed in this pagoda to take care of the grave of Emperor Le Dai Hanh. The queen had helped many people couple up. Since then, Duyen Ninh Pagoda has become the place to pray for love in Hoa Lu. Besides, this pagoda also help to list Ninh Binh tourism among the most famous spiritual tourism sites in Vietnam
The word “Duyen” in the name of the pagoda means the fate or destiny of love. It includes both luck and the effort of people in love.
After 1,000 years, the ancient architecture of the pagoda is almost no longer in existence. Nevertheless, the pagoda has been restored to welcome the tourists.
This pagoda is located in the northeast, leaning on the cliff. When going through Tam Quan gate, the tourist can see the small with simple architecture including the main hall, the ancestor house, living room, dining room, garden, Buddha’s relics… Despite the newly tiled yard and the newly built Tam Quan gate, the atmosphere inside remains sacred. In spring, the visitors coming to Duyen Ninh Pagoda not only pray for love but also worship the Buddha and wish the happiness and good luck in a new year.
This is one of the places that the tourists should not ignore when going on a Ninh Binh ancient capital tour.