Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spiritual landscape located in the complex of Bai Dinh – Trang An eco-tourism area with a history of more than 1000 years associated with the land of many feudal dynasties from Dinh, Tien Le dynasties. The Ly Dynasty. Let’s discover the experiences of going to Bai Dinh pagoda – the first spiritual scenic spot in Ninh Binh through the following article with Pu Luong Excursion.
General introduction about Bai Dinh pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a complex of pagodas located on Bai Dinh mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, 5 km northwest of Hoa Lu ancient capital, 12 km from Ninh Binh city. Bai Dinh Pagoda has an area of 539 hectares, including 27 hectares of the old Bai Dinh pagoda area, and 80 hectares of the new Bai Dinh pagoda area. This place is honored to welcome thousands of Buddhist pilgrims every year.
Overall, Bai Dinh architecture is like a standard feature for ancient pagoda architecture in Vietnam, especially the temple area invited to build has massive works. The roof of the main temple is extremely beautiful, consisting of 3 floors and 12 curved roofs in the shape of a knife head, roofed with tiles in the shape of a traditional comedy nose. The step is decorated with stone dragons in the Ly Dynasty style, the large stone yard looks directly down to the jade well.
Bai Dinh, the temple of all records!
With its unique architecture and long history, Bai Dinh Pagoda has become a famous ecological and spiritual tourist destination in the North in general and Ninh Binh in particular. There have been 8 Vietnamese and Asian records recorded at Bai Dinh Pagoda such as the largest bronze bell in Vietnam, the tallest and heaviest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in Asia, the largest set of golden bronze statues of Vietnam. , the largest bronze Maitreya Buddha statue in Southeast Asia, the temple with the largest Arhat corridor in Vietnam, the pagoda with the most Bodhi trees in Vietnam, etc.
Ancient Bai Dinh pagoda and New bai Dinh pagoda.
Bai Dinh Pagoda was expanded and built more in 2005. The new architecture of Bai Dinh pagoda was presided over by architect Hoang Dao Kinh. The new pagoda was built by businessman Nguyen Van Truong (he is also an investor in major spiritual tourism projects such as Tam Chuc Ha Nam, Lake Nui Coc Thai Nguyen, Cai Trap island, Hai Phong).
After completion, the current Bai Dinh pagoda tourist area is divided into two parts: the ancient Bai Dinh pagoda with ancient relics and the new Bai Dinh pagoda, which was built after 2005.
Each row of Arhat corridors at Bai Dinh pagoda has an architecture from low to high with 22 steps, each step is 1.35m high and the amount of wood for the corridor is also the largest. The halls in the corridor are designed with 500 Arhat statues, by the hands of talented artisans, the work of sculpting Arhat statues also takes a lot of time, effort and meticulousness. Each statue has different shapes from face, standing posture to eyes, nose, ears, mouth,etc, no statue is the same.
Buddhist temple and Buddha statue
The largest statue of Shakyamuni in Asia is solemnly placed in the Dharma Master of Bai Dinh Pagoda weighing up to 100 tons and 9.5 m high. Standing in front of the statue, you will feel overwhelmed by the magnificent majesty of the statue.
Xa Loi Stupa
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With exquisite architecture containing the quintessence and efforts of artisans, the stupa has now become a sacred symbol of Bai Dinh Pagoda. The structure of the stupa is imbued with Vietnamese culture. The tower has 13 floors, 99m high, the base of the tower is a solid hexagon with a circumference of 24m. Covering the entire outer part of the stupa is Bat Trang fired bricks with decorative patterns in the Ly dynasty’s artistic style such as flying clouds, water waves, and lotus petals. Around the 6 sides are small stone Buddha statues placed harmoniously from the foot up to the tower, creating a special highlight for this place.
The architectural style of the bell tower makes a strong impression on visitors to Bai Dinh Pagoda with 3 narrow, curved roofs gradually covered with dark brown glazed tiles of Bat Trang village, a place with a hundred years of ceramic tradition.
Built in an octagonal structure with 24 curved roofs and 24 curved roofs, visitors to Bai Dinh Pagoda tourist area can easily see them in the style of stacking matches.
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The ancient capital of Hoa Lu is an architectural complex, and each architecture has its own characteristics, all making the ancient and heroic look of the ancient historical relic. The historical vestiges still remain in the complex of relics are very diverse and rich, including the architecture of the city walls, the imperial citadel, caves, temples, tombs and many other types of valuable architectural works. history and high culture.
Tam Coc Bich Dong is a cave complex, a national key tourist area of Vietnam. This place is also known with beautiful names such as “Ha Long Bay on land” or “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong”. The whole area is surrounded by a system of limestone caves and many valuable historical sites.
It has a system of limestone mountains with 250 million years old. Over hundreds of millions of years of weathering and transformation, Trang An today has an attractive and very Vietnamese beauty with a series of valleys, lakes, lagoons, caves, flooded forests or forests. on a beautiful limestone mountain.
Mua Cave is located right at the foot of Mua Mountain in Ninh Binh. Looking down from above, you will see this place looks like an upside down bell. From the foot of the mountain, you can see the stone steps leading to the top of the mountain. The two sides of the stairs are carved figures with bold cultural characteristics. This is also the place where King Tran in the past used to visit to listen to beautiful women singing, dancing and singing. That’s why it’s called Hang Mua.
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