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Bai Dinh Temple - the temple spiritual and cultural complex

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019

When people are making a plan to go to Ninh Binh Province, tourists can’t miss the biggest and oldest temple as have known that it is Bai Dinh Temple (Vietnamese: Chùa Bái Đính) or Bai Dinh temple spiritual and cultural complex is a complex of Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Along with Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phat Diem Cathedral, Bai Dinh temple is one of famous tourist attraction site of Ninh Binh.

The unique picture of Tam Quan Gate at Bai Dinh Temple

For more than 1000 years ago, Ninh Binh is home to the worship of 3 kings as the Dinh dynasty, Tien Le dynasty, Ly dynasty. Three Dynasties really care about buddy, so there has a lot of temples long the Trang An mountain.

Bai Dinh pagoda is considering that it is Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist complex. It consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including one that’s made of bronze and is 10 metres in height.

There two main pagodas of the same name, one of which is located on the slopes of Dinh mountain and nestles in quite a forest. Accessible via a 300 step stairway, this quite a shrine houses a main prayer hall and natural caves, where locals pray to Buddha and mountain spirits such as Saint Nguyen and Genie Cao Son. With fanciful scenery and quite an atmosphere, the pagoda will make visitors feel likely to live in fairyland and they find peace in their minds.

Besides travellers can discover many other grottoes and caves with seven smaller ones or cave of Ba Chua Thuong Ngan ( The goddess of forests). In these caves and grottoes, there are a large variety of magnificent stalactites and stalagmites with various strange shapes and sizes that will invoke the imagination of visitors

Overview stunning picture of Bai Dinh Temple 

On the other hand, as I said before, there are a various temple here, perhaps your foot will be tired if you go to all of this pagoda on the day. As this pagoda has been built since 2003 and covers 80 ha area. The Bai Dinh pagoda possesses many parts such as Tam The Temple, Phap Chu Temple, Quan Am Temple, Bao Thap, Bell Tower and dormitory area for Buddhist monks.
Furthermore, the most wonderful emphasizing point of these great religion works are Tam The Temple and Pha Chu Temple, two temples cover a total 0f 1000 square meters, the height of Phap Chu Temple is up to 22m and it contains five partitions. Moreover, in the heart of this temple is a bronze Buddha Sykamuni statue with 10 meters high and 100 tons heavy which is certificated as the biggest statue in Vietnam, is cast by the pure bronze bought from Russian, cast and installed by the famous artisans of casting the bronze statue in Y Yen, Nam Dinh. According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment and teach the pure dharma

Tam The Temple

Another special feature in Bai Dinh pagoda is “Great Bell” with the weight of 36 tons was casted and located in Bell Tower. In addition, there is 70 -ton bronze drum on the floor of the Tower. What’s more, coming to Bai Dinh pagoda, visitors have a chance to see the biggest Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue in Bodhissattva Temple. This statue looks so marvellous with thousand hands and eyes to present the protection and universal salvation for common people.

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Statues depicting arhats, at the Bai Dinh Temple

There also have various festivals or events all around the year, however, the Bai Dinh temple hosts a large festival on the sixth day of the first lunar month drawing huge crowds. Buddhist rites are performed in the new temple in conjunction with traditional rituals from the old temple. Most local people come here to pray for a good new year as for family whom they love, for the good healthy and work well as especially for people working on the farm, hopefully for a year not too damaged.

The festival at the Bai Dinh Temple

Overall, Bai Dinh pagoda which is the pride of Vietnamese people in terms of unique architecture, culture and historical value.e old temple. 

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