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Bai Dinh pagoda

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.



Bai Dinh pagoda

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