Located in the southern part of the Song Hong Delta, Ninh Binh, 80km from Ha Noi, is rich in tourist potential. Not only has nature endowed the land with many wonderful landscapes, such as the Tam Coc-Bich Dong river-cave complex and Trang An landscapes, but cultural and historical sites also abound. These include the former royal capital of Hoa Lu, the Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, the spiritual tourism complex of Bai Dinh Pagoda.
All these places of historical, religious and scenic interests have been drawing tourists, both local and foreign, in increasing numbers. Built to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi (1010-2010), the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest in Viet Nam, is located in a vast valley with many lakes and mountains. King Ly Thai To moved the capital city from Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh to Thang Long (now Ha Noi) in 1010.
According to Vietnamese folk tales, this countryside region is sacred land as it has given birth to kings and saints. Ly Cong Uan, birth name of King Ly Thai To, meditated in the pagoda before moving the capital to Thang Long.
Ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda is far about 800 meters from Tam The temple alongside Dinh Mountain. This pagoda is located near the top of a quiet forest area, including Buddhist cave, the temple of God Cao Son, and the temple of Nguyen. The air in here is fresh and cool. The quiet mountains and forests are conducive to meditation. And it was recognized as historical-cultural of the nation. There are many architectural details and antiques marked of reign of Ly. The new pagoda’s architecture highlights with large cubes marked architectural Vietnamese. The most difference in Bai Dinh Pagoda architectural is in dark roof of phoenix shape, it is not the same the pagoda in China.
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