Bai Dinh tourist area is a large temple complex known for many Asian and Vietnamese records, located in the western gateway of Hoa Lu ancient capital, on National Highway 38B, in Gia Sinh and Gia Vien communes, ninh binh vietnam, about 15 km from Ninh Binh city and 95 km from Hanoi. The Pagoda is located to the north of Trang An World Heritage Complex has an area of 1700 ha including 27 ha of Bai Dinh ancient pagoda, 80 ha of Bai Dinh new pagoda area and some other areas such as cultural park and Buddhist academy, reception area and parks. The landscape, roads and parking lots, Dam Thi lake area are still being built and expanded.
The overview of Bai Dinh Pagoda
Over 1000 years ago, in Ninh Binh, there were three King dynasties to be born: Dinh, Early Lê dynasty and Ly. These three feudal dynasties were all very interested in Buddhism and considered Buddhism as the National religion; So in Ninh Binh, there are many ancient temples, including Bai Dinh Pagoda, in the Trang An mountain range.
In 1136, when Zen master Nguyen Minh Khong went to search for medicinal plants to cure for King Ly Than Tong, he discovered the cave on Dinh mountain and chose this place to build a Buddha statue, turn this place as a place of spiritual practice.
In 968, Dinh Tien Hoang defeated 12 warlords and ascended the emperor, he went to Dinh mountain – this sacred mountain to set up the altar of gods to pray for the good weather, the wealth of the country, the peace for people and ordain for soldiers. After that, King Quang Trung also came here to set up the army of soldiers to encourage soldiers before going to Thang Long (the capital now) to destroy the Thanh army.
The current Bai Dinh complex consists of an ancient pagoda and a new pagoda built in 2003. The pagoda is located on the mountainside, between the vast valleys with lakes and rocky mountains, at the western gate to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.
When should you travel Bai Dinh?
As an extremely popular spiritual tourist area, you can travel Bai Dinh at any time of the year, as long as it suits your personal plan. However, if you want to explore Bai Dinh at reasonable intervals, you can refer to the suggestions below:
Bai Dinh pagoda festival is held from the afternoon of the first day of the Lunar New Year, opening on the 6th day of the Lunar New Year and lasting until the end of the third month (lunar calendar). If you go to Bai Dinh at this time, there is a high possibility that it is always crowded and there are few quiet spaces to sight the pagoda.
If you combine Trang An eco-tourism, choose the best time to travel to Trang An (The new year of the harvest season – May or June).
Going to Ninh Binh
From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, you can reach Ninh Binh easily by coaches or trains. For many people who love backpacking travel, motorbike also is a great means of transportation to enjoy amazing landscape on the way.
From Ninh Binh to Bai Dinh
The way from the end of Ninh Binh highway to Bai Dinh pagoda is more than 20km, if you go to Ninh Binh by public transport and go on ninh binh small group tour, you can call a taxi to Bai Dinh, this is a quite reasonable plan by dividing it equally, the cost for a person is not much. If you go alone or with few accompanies, choose a plan to rent a motorbike in Ninh Binh and then from Ninh Binh City to explore Bai Dinh.
If you use personal vehicles, after getting off the Ninh Binh highway, you go back to Ninh Binh City in the direction of going to Hanoi, and then go to Trang An Street, following the direction of Trang An Resort and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. This route will lead to Bai Dinh.