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Bai Dinh Pagoda and Things to know about the Largest Buddhist Complex In Southeast Asia

Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spiritual tourist attraction in the Bai Dinh – Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex with more than 1000 years of the history. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Ninh Binh, the land of 3 feudal dynasties in Vietnamese history, namely Dinh, Tien Le, and Ly.

If you are planning for a trip to Northern Vietnam, Bai Dinh may come up to you as a potential name for sightseeing and exploring Vietnamese religious culture.

Bai Dinh pagoda overview


Bai Dinh pagoda is located in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, 100 km away from Ha Noi capital in the north of Viet Nam. It has a large campus with 539 hectares including 27 hectares of the old and the newly built areas. Bai Dinh Pagoda welcomes thousands of travelers each year.

Bai Dinh temple complex includes:

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Tam Quan Gate (Pagoda’s three-entrance gate): Tam Quan gate is considered as a face of Bai Dinh temple. The only way for Bonzes, Buddhist believers, and tourists to enter Bai Dinh pagoda is passing Tam Quan gate

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Bell-tower: The bell-tower shaped in an octagon with immeasurably high 3 floors. Diameter of the bottom is 49 meter and total the height of bell-tower is 22 meters. It carved a lotus shaped lamp support.

Eight sides of bell-tower are opened spaciously including a stair leading to the peak of the tower. On the top of the tower, you have a lookout of the earth and sky. At the middle of this tower, there is a big bell hanged

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A temple worshipping bodhisattva: This is an unusual excellence of an architectural building made of most of precious wood with a system of traditional Vietnamese architectures.

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At the middle of the temple stand a statue of Bodhisattva. This statute is the biggest one in Vietnam. 

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Buddha dharma lord temple: Behind the temple of Bodhisattva, it’s temple of Buddha bringing an outstanding architecture.

The temple lasts 47.7 meters in length, 45.5 meters in width and has a height of 30 meters. There are five partitions in the temple Especially, this place always attracts many tourists coming here to adore and worship the most majestic statute of Thich Ca Buddha (Gautama Buddha) which keeps a record in Viet Nam

A giant statue of Thich Ca Buddha made from bronze weighs 100 tons with a height of 10 meters. Now the statue hits a record of the highest and heaviest statue of the Buddha in Viet Nam

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Temple of three identical statues of Buddha (it’s called Dien Tam The in Vietnamese): After climbing up more than 200 stone steps you will reach at Dien Tam The.The building is the tallest, largest, and grandest in BaiDinh pagoda. There hasn’t been any type of architecture as magnificent as this one in Viet Nam.

This temple worships 3 identical statues of Buddha which represent for the past, the present and the future

On 12th Dec 2017 a Viet Nam book of records and National office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam recognized and issued certificate for a set of 3 statues as the biggest one in Viet Nam.

Statues of 500 Arhatsin the corridor: Gieng Ngoc was originated from 1000 years ago. This wall was built in a shape of the moon with a diameter of 30 meters, depth of water is 6 meters. Especially this wall has an inexhaustible source of water

The well is also another record of BaiDinh pagoda. The BaiDinh pagoda has a biggest well of God in Viet Nam.

The best time to travel to Bai Dinh Ninh Binh 


The most suitable time for Bai Dinh Pagoda trips is in spring (from January to March of the Lunar Year) when the weather is warm. Visitors can combine spring traveling, sightseeing, praying for luck in the temple and participating in big festivals in both Trang An and Bai Dinh. 

Note: this time is the peak of festival tourist season, so there are a huge number of visitors, which leads to overload and overcrowding. Therefore, if any visitors do not like the situations, they can travel to Bai Dinh at another time in the year.

Tourists are no need to pay the entrance fee. Bai Dinh Pagoda is opened from 6:00 am everyday and usually closed at 9:00 pm.

Visiting Bai Dinh, you must avoid wearing skirts, short and leggings. Moreover, wearing running shoes and sneakers instead of high heels as you will walk and climb a lot.

Come to visit Bai Dinh pagoda in Ninh Binh, never forgot to visit Trang An grottos, a wonderful landscape with discovering temples, grottos and taking boat tour.

Learn more about an mysterious land in Ninh Binh with 1 day in Bai Dinh pagoda - Trang An Eco-tourism tour.

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Some tips before going

  • Because Bai Dinh pagoda is a huge area, if your time is limited, you should take the shuttle trip that may cost you about 30,000 VND/passenger for the ticket.
  • Be careful when you are in a crowd to prevent thieves and pocket snatching.
  • Don’t wear shorts, leggings, and skirts when you go to Bai Dinh pagoda.
  • It is recommended buying souvenirs at the foot of the Dinh mountain for a reasonable price instead of buying at souvenir kiosks and food stands around Bai Dinh that often have an expensive
  • You should bring a small umbrella with you because the spring season often has light rain.
A full review of Bai Dinh pagoda in Ninh Binh, Vietnam: the largest Buddhist complex in Southeast Asia. We hope that this information will make you satisfied and help you plan a wonderful day trip to Bai Dinh pagoda. If you have any questions, you can contact us via email: info@vietnamtypicaltours.com
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