Bai Dinh Pagoda holds many
records such as, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam, the
longest pagoda lobby in Asia, and the largest
gold-plated pagoda in Asia. The Bai Dinh Pagoda is
situated to the west of the ancient city of Hoa Lu,
which belongs to the Gia Sinh commune in Ninh Binh. The
pagoda is around 15km to Ninh Binh and 95km from Hanoi.
Bai Dinh Pagoda covers an area of 539 hectares which
includes 27 hectares of the ancient segment of the
pagoda, and 80 hectares of the new Bai Dinh Pagoda.
During the ancient times of Ninh Binh more than a
thousand years ago, there were three ruling dynasties
namely, Ly, Dinh, Tien Le. All three dynasties believed
in Buddhism which they deemed as the state religion. The
strong belief in Buddhism spawned a plethora of pagodas
all over Vietnam, which included the renowned Bai Dinh
Pagoda in Mount Dinh.
Bai Dinh Pagoda consists of the old and new sections.
The newer section is a representation of Vietnams past,
its traditional cultural identity, and majestic
architecture. Because of these designs and fragments of
the past, the pagoda is a main attraction for tourists.
The new section of Bai Dinh Pagoda is recognized as the
biggest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
Ancieny Bai Dinh Pagoda is a distant 800 meters from Tam
The Temple along Mount Dinh. This well-known pagoda is
situated near the top of the forest, which also includes
the God Cao Son Temple, Nguyen Temple, and Buddhist
Cave. The many architectural designs and antiques inside
the pagoda depicted the former reign of the Ly Dynasty,
and have made it an important historical and cultural
relic of the country.
The large cubes were one of the distinct architectural
designs of the ancient Vietnamese. The main difference
between the design of the Bai Dinh Pagoda and other
pagodas in China is the dark color of the phoenix-like
structure. The details in the structure also represented
the traditional handicraft villages found in Vietnam.
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