The Bai Dinh Pagoda lies within a complex of spiritual Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in Ninh Binh, North Vietnam. The Bai Dinh Pagoda stands an impressive 13-stories tall with panoramic views at the top.
WHERE IS BAI DINH PAGODA NINH BINH & HOW TO GET THERE
The Bai Dinh Pagoda is 20km west of Ninh Binh and it is approximately a 30-minute drive. You can rent a scooter from one of the rental shops in town for 100,000 VND per day or alternatively, you can rent a bicycle for half the price.
The journey to Bai Dinh Pagoda will lead you along a road that hugs the edge of the Trang An River, surrounded by the infamous cliffs that are said to resemble that of Ha Long Bay but on land.
The Bai Dinh Pagoda
ARRIVING AT THE BAI DINH PAGODA
There is a large carpark along with a dozen food stores and markets at the entrance to Bai Dinh Pagoda. It is best to park your scooter in the shade and pay a parking fee of 15,000 VND.
There is no entrance fee to the Bai Dinh Pagoda, however, it is a very long way to walk from the entrance gate to the actual complex of temples. I recommend you take a ride on the golf buggies that are available for 30,000 VND each way.
The golf buggy will drop you off at the main entrance hall at Bai Dinh Pagoda. From here you will have to climb a number of steps up multiple levels that is lined with hundreds of Buddha statues and golden ornaments.
Mode of transport at the Bai Dinh Pagoda
Main entrance at Bai Dinh Pagoda
WHAT TO EXPECT INSIDE THE BAI DINH PAGODA COMPLEX
When you reach level one of the temple complex, the first attraction is the 3-tiered bell tower pagoda. You can climb the small flight of stairs on the inside of the bell tower for an epic view of the surrounding gardens and the Bai Dinh Pagoda in the distance.
Continue uphill to the second level and discover the large golden Buddha. Walk into the great hall and prepare to be in utter awe at the impressive golden Buddha that sits behind a haze of incense smoke.
Further along to the third level is the Bai Dinh Pagoda itself! The multilevel pinnacle pagoda stands proudly in a symmetrical garden on the Bai Dinh Mountain. If you wish to go to the top of the Bai Dinh Pagoda you will have to pay 50,000 VND at the ticket stand and then take the internal elevator to the top.
Last but not least is the silver Buddha statue on the fourth level of Bain Dinh Mountain. By this point, you may be getting tired of climbing hundreds of stairs but it is worth it for the 360-degree view of the complex of temples and the incredible surrounding landscape.
The Bell Tower Pagoda
The multilevel complex of temples on Bai Dinh Mountain
The Golden Buddha
The Bai Dinh Pagoda
The Bai Dinh Pagoda Ninh Binh
The silver Buddha on Bai Dinh Mountain
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MAP OF BAI DINH PAGODA NINH BINH
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