Brief about Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is located in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh Vietnam. It is famous for its sacredness and it is also a large temple complex that has many records in Vietnam as well as Asia, such as “The pagoda with the longest corridor in Asia, the pagoda with the largest gilded bronze Buddha Statue in Asia, the pagoda with the biggest bronze Maitreya Buddha statue in Southeast Asia, and many other records in Vietnam.
Currently, Bai Dinh Pagoda has an area up to more than 500 hectares, including ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda and new Bai Dinh Pagoda. The pagoda is located right on the mountainside, at the western gate of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.
The ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda:
The pagoda was built thousands of years ago in the sacred land where great people were born and lived. Currently, the pagoda has nay antiques and ancient architecture which is typical in the Ly Dynasty in a quiet space.
The new Bai Dinh Pagoda:
The new pagoda was built on a large scale with the area up to 80 hectares, including many constructions, works bearing the impression of the pagoda architecture of Vietnamese people, from materials to design and decorative details.
How many Arhat statues are there in Bai Dinh?
According to Vietnam tourist information about bai dinh – trang an 1 day trip, Bai Dinh Pagoda is located at the western gate of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu – Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien distric, Ninh Bih Province, about 95 kilometres from Hanoi.
How many Arhat statues are there in Bai Dinh? There are 500 Arhat statues in Bai Dinh Pagoda. 500 Arhat statues are made of monolithic bluestone, about 2 meters high and weigh nearly 4 tons. Each Arhat statue is a passionate artwork made by the skilful hands carving stone artists in Ninh Van, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, where is famous for traditional stone carving, completed during a year. Each Arhat is engraved with names, numbers and its carved lines are so delicate and elegant.
It was the first time when Vietnam has a unique pagoda that has such many Arhat statues. Each compartment has only three Arhat statues, each statue has different expressive nuances, however, in general, Arhat statues show a happy-sad-love-hate sense of human beings and an eternal will of the evangelists.
Bai Dinh Temple Bell Tower
Bai Dinh Bell Tower is a Buddhist building constructed of Wood imitation from reinforced concrete and designed with the architecture of the ancient bell tower. The rafters of the Bell Tower are carved with pattern motifs. The Bell Tower has three floors, the roof is curvy as ancient Vietnamese boat, made of black ceramics from Bat Trang Pottery. The tower is 22 meters high and its inside diameter is 17 meters. The tower has staircases from eight different sides, making it easier for tourist on bai dinh pagoda tours to visit.
In addition, the pagoda has also the largest bronze bell in Vietnam. The bell is 5,5 meters high, weighing 36 tons and 3,7 meter in diameter. The total cost to make this bell is 4 billion VND and it takes five months to complete. Outside the bell are pattern carving with Buddist texts. The bell is made by an artisan in Hue and then transferred to Bai Dinh Pagoda.
The bell in Bai Dinh Pagoda is also known as Dai Hong Chuong, only use in special occasion such as Buddha’s Birthday celebration, temple opening ceremony, etc. The sound of the bell can spread 10 kilometers.