When it comes to Vietnam, many people will immediately think of Halong Bay or Ho Chi Minh. But very few people have heard of Ninh Binh, the ancient capital of Vietnam. To be frank, I’ve never heard of it before either before embarking my journey. But I’m so glad that I made the decision to go there. Ninh Binh is a hidden gem of Vietnam. In my opinion, it’s even more beautiful than Halong Bay and more memorable than Sapa. One of the greatest attractions in Ninh Binh is Bai Dinh Pagoda. In this post, you’ll discover why you should visit Bai Dinh Pagoda.
Where is Bai Dinh Pagoda?
The Bai Dinh pagoda is located at 20 km from Ninh Binh town and 95 km from Ha Noi. Although it’s a little far from Ninh Binh town, it’s worth every effort to go the extra mile.
Why you should visit Bai Dinh Pagoda?
It’s the largest Pagoda in ASEAN
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a religious complex covering a total area of 539 hectare. Don’t know how big it is? It has a size of more than 800 football fields combined! The pagoda is separated into two parts and the newly renovated pagoda areas are more popular for tourists. Even the new area is super big. You can easily spend at least half a day there walking around and admiring the beautiful architectures and Buddha statues.
It offers breathtaking views from the top
Bai Dinh Pagoda is located in the mountainous area. As you go further up, the view becomes increasingly beautiful. When you finally reach the top, you’ll be able to see a beautiful pagoda with gorgeous scenery as a backdrop.
Don’t just stop there. Go to the right side of the pagoda until you see you a very tall pagoda tower. You can choose to go in for a fee. Or you can just stand outside to admire its beauty.
Go further up to find the big Buddha statue. Once you conquer the stairs, you’re officially at the highest point of Bai Dinh Pagoda. From there, you can enjoy the peaceful back view of the Buddha statue and even more awesome scenery.
It has truly beautiful Buddha statues
Inside the pagoda, you will be able to see so many Buddha statues. The most beautiful ones are in the pagoda at the top. The Buddha statues are all gold plated, that’s why they are glowing with a mysterious grandeur.
If you are lucky, you may even be able to see the masters carrying out rituals for the believers. The chanting is very soothing and serene. You will be able to find a sense of peace like no others before.
It has the most ZEN hotel in the world
Bai Dinh Hotel is located inside the pagoda. It is the most ZEN hotel I’ve ever stayed. The hotel is built using ancient architecture. You’ll lose a sense of time when you come in. It makes you feel that you are visiting an ancient palace, not a hotel!
The furniture is made by woods, making the place really relaxing. I especially like the shower bottles in the toilet. They are made of china and they are really cute. Overall, the hotel offers classic oriental luxury style, which you can rarely find in other hotels.
However, do note that the hotel is also far from Ninh Binh town. So you basically can’t do much at night apart from visiting the pagoda again. But if you are looking for serenity, Bai Dinh hotel will be perfect for you!
There’s no better way to get a good view of Bai Dinh Pagoda than watching the video below. The video was taken using a drone, so you can really see the full view of the grand pagoda from a bird-eye view. Enjoy! 😀