Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda
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Bai Dinh Pagoda, which belongs to The World Natural and Cultural Heritage Trang An Landscape Complex, has been considered as the Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist complex. It consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including some giant ones. Set within the Gia Sinh Commune, it attracts a huge crowd of local devotees and travellers looking to pay their respects and have their fortunes told by the resident monks. There are two main pagodas of the same name, one of which is located on the slopes of Dinh Mountain often called the Ancient Pagoda. Accessible via a 300-step stairway, this quiet shrine houses a main prayer hall and natural caves, where locals pray to Buddha, Mother Goddesses and mountain spirits such as Saint Nguyen and Genie Cao Son. The New Bai Dinh Pagoda (extended part) is about 800 metres away, seen in most photos, covers a total area of 7 million square metres and achieves lots of titles in The Guinness Book of Vietnamese Records.
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  • B K
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent statues, stunning views from tower
    The religious complex is huge and impressive, consisting of many Pagodas and hundreds of statues of Buddha, has the real relics of Buddha & boasts of beautiful inscriptions & architecture. The large Buddha statues plated in 24 Carat Gold were magnificent. The guide shared many interesting facts. The tower offers awesome views of the surrounding area’s & landscape. The complex is so large, it might be quite a task to cover it walking. They offer three kinds of transport by electric car . Just a pick & drop at pivotal points of the complex & you cover rest by foot. Second is a shared electric car (10 passengers) that takes you to different Pagodas (60k VND per person) Third- Exclusive car for your group .This gives you the advantage of keeping your own pace while visiting the different pagodas. (250K VND for the car) We opted for the exclusive ride. It was an extremely hot day & we wanted to cover the complex in 1 hour. We told the guide , our duration preference and she selected 4 prime pagodas & the tower . I think the monastery was totally worth the time , money & efforts.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Levi L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Largest Pagoda Complex
    Bai Dinh Pagoda is renowned as the largest complex of its kind in Vietnam. As you navigate its sprawling grounds, you'll encounter various temples, pagodas, and shrines. The Great Buddha Statue, an awe-inspiring embodiment of tranquility and compassion, commands attention and evokes a sense of reverence among visitors.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 8, 2023
  • CrtB
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soul food.
    Amazing experience. Huge complex of buddhist pagodas interwoven beautifully into the natural enviroment. The electric car/minibus system works great and makes it possible to visit diffentent parts of the complex without fatigue, especially if visiting in warmer/humid months. Would highly recommend paying 500k for the tour guide. Their narrative gives added value and meaning to the different pagodas and even if not interested in Buddhism or spirituality, you will take some core messages home with you. Thanks again to our tour guide, she was amazing and all the staff very friendly. Best wishes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Loud1Canberra
    Canberra, Australia410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful pagoda and precinct
    This was one of the highlights of our time in Ninh Binh. While it is a fairly recently built, it is beautiful and has a great sense of place and serenity. From the entrance at the bottom of the hill you climb steadily towards the crest. You pass 250 buddha statues, go through a couple of temples and reach the stunning pagoda and temple at the top. Well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • obdocSanJose
    San Jose, California480 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge temple complex with shops and restaurants
    We visited the temple complex with friends who are devout Buddhists. This is a newer development on an ancient site from 1,000 years ago. There are electric buggies to take visitors between sites. The landscaping is beautiful. The temples are also very beautiful with huge statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva. It was a 3+ hour drive from our cruise port in Halong Bay. We had another 3 hour drive back to Hanoi. There are hotels in the area to be able to spend more time at the temples and on the grounds. It was extremely hot and humid in late October and we could not tolerate much walking due to the weather. There are photographers who can take photos. Our group of six had one photo for each ticket purchased.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Anna M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tourist spot
    So much more than I was expecting - thought it was just going to be one pagoda but instead we were met with a number of beautiful buildings and stunning surroundings. While a lot of it is new I don’t think that takes away from the experience. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was very quiet and peaceful. Highly recommend if you have a few hours spare.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • LaNyonsaise
    West Midlands, United Kingdom996 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A strange place.
    We hired a taxi to take us to the pagoda, Hoa Lu and Mua Cave starting at the pagoda. This is a strange place, recently constructed and work is still going on yet it appears to be quite ancient. We paid for the entrance tickets including golf buggy. It’s a huge site and it would be a long walk. Bizarrely, instead of there being a simple system with one buggy doing the whole circuit you have to travel a short way on one buggy then transfer to a different one at several points. There are lots of temples to visit, each adorned with gold statues. It’s interesting to see what items are placed in front of the Buddha, fruit, Danish butter cookies and Coca-Cola to name but a few. The view from the tower is not to be missed and the religious foundation has had the foresight to put in a lift. The attendants will insist that you wear cloth overshoes to protect the marble floor so you need to take care not to slip or trip when going up and down the spiral staircase that leads to the lift. Why is this pagoda so large? There were relatively few people when we were there and it’s hard to imagine it busy but there are crowd barriers at the ticket office and at the boarding points for the golf buggy.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Marta Odino
    Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit after sunset to enjoy the lights without tourists
    Unexpected beautiful pagoda! We visited in combo with the boat tour in Trang An. We arrived here after sunset to enjoy the night lights of the complex and it definitely worth it! We went on Sunday and we were almost the only tourists. The facilities like bars and restaurants were closed, but the electric cars and the toilet together with the access to the pagodas were open until 9pm. Recommended!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2024
  • Chris318i
    Regensburg, Germany423 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biggest pagoda in Ninh Binh
    Biggest pagoda in Ninh Binh. It was a little bit complicated to find the parking lot. At the parking lot there is also the ticket counter where you can choose among different options. The area around the pagoda is huge, therefore you will need at least two to three hours if you want to see the most important spots. From our point of view the Bai Dinh Pagoda is worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 28, 2024
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Tom Bugden
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Bai Dinh pagoda is a great spot to visit, however the tour operators have designed a completely useless system to view the area. Upon arrival “tour operators” try to poach you and confuse you into buying one of their tours for 600k dong! (What a rip off). Too add to this the ticket fairs displayed are only the price for one way on the electric bus, you must buy a two-way ticket unless you want to walk back around 10kms.

The actual pagoda is amazing as previously mentioned, however you must find it first. To do this I’d say you need around 3 hours to enjoy the experience as well as find your way around the complex.

There are much better places to spend the day around Ninh Binh (e.g.Trang An) But worth a visit if you have a few hours to kill and don’t mind getting lost a few times.
Written January 5, 2020
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Morten Bay Madsen
Copenhagen, Denmark17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Nice complex with beautiful temples. However it is only the ancient pagoda in the hills that are of older times. The rest is newly built.
You can easily walk the area and save the expense of an electric car and guide the eager personell tries to sell You. They claim it takes 4hours and a total distance of 6k therefore persuading You to choose the car.
We chose to take the car to the far entrance and walk back spending 30.000vnd pax.
Worth a visit.!
Written February 20, 2020
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Xin chào MBM_dk! Thank you for the review. We are very pleased that you chose to visit the Bai Dinh Pagoda and we hope your visit was the highlight of your trip to the Ninh Binh area. We hope to see you back again, one day soon. Love and peace, Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex
Written September 6, 2020
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Ananth K
Hyderabad, India25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This complex is simply magnificent, the work of a businessman creating a spiritual resort. Very well done, clean, beautiful.

The comments from few others on this forum are valid, it is somewhat confusing with no proper directions

Note
1. Entry to the complex is *free*. You don't have to buy the electric car tickets. There is a straight 1km road to get to and back, abiding the long road
2. The route the electric car takes you on is the long road, but will save you a ton of walking.
3. This is a sprawling complex, expect to walk a lot and climb a lot of stairs

If you like Pagodas, huge Buddha statues, Buddhist architecture, you will love it.
Written January 10, 2020
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Avid Traveler
Hyderabad, India242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited the pagoda as part of a group tour package, which included the electric car, and an English speaking guide as part of the tour package. We loved the grandiose pagoda. While a modern construction, it doesn't take away the impressiveness of the construction.
The attention to detail was mesmerizing.
Overall, it was worth a visit!
Written March 6, 2020
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Xin chào Ram Kumar C, Thank you so much for visiting our attraction and for taking the time to write such a great review. We really appreciate the feedback and hope that you will tell your friends about your visit and how much you enjoyed it. Looking forward to welcoming you back as our regular guests. Love and peace, Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex
Written September 5, 2020
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Nixoid
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Mind-blowing scale temple complex with infinite number of buddhas and other giant artifacts that will blow my mind. After all the boring temples in the region this one is a pleasant surprise.

You need at least 5 hours to fully explore it. Full day is recommended.

How transportation works for 150k ticket:
At every stop there is a bus line (queue of busses) that takes you to the next temple. You get out, explore the temple, and then get on any other bus - it goes only to the next stop again. If you want to skip the stop - you get out anyway and get on the next bus right away.
Written October 10, 2022
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Robert W
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Definitely would not recommend this place, website says free, but that is definitely not the case, you will end up paying for parking then get scammed on the outrageous price packages to buy tickets to the pagoda. You will be confused the whole time you are there. Felt more like a tourist Disneyland for Buddha, every turn they will try to sell you on something or try to get you to buy something. This place is the true definition of tourist trap.
Written November 16, 2023
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Iago G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Whenever you switch up all you notice is tourists everywhere and you're experiencing somewhat love in a traveler factory but largely for Vietnamese. For information, one particular period with the parking, you have going directly on as well as you're likely to notice many hometown sellers, then you will have to go for 15 mins plus you will switch up in the pagoda. The location is extremely big plus you have something such as 5 major building with various states insides. The one at the summit as three big Buddha within as well it is really remarkable. I do not go along with of all the previous advice: hardly any one is going to attempt to market you something or perhaps impact you for nearly every reason. In truth, one particular period of the pagoda, you come to become the appeal for nearly all of the Vietnamese and it is really funny. For information the entry does not cost you anything, the parking for the motor scooter is 15' zero VND and definitely the cars you're competent to draw going the pagoda is 25' zero VND for each way.
Written March 13, 2020
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Xin Chào Lago G! Thank you for the review. We are very pleased that you chose to visit the Pagoda and we hope your visit was the highlight of your trip to the Ninh Binh area. We hope to see you back again, one day soon. Best Regards, Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex
Written September 5, 2020
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Explorer
Klang, Malaysia92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very calm. the walk path is accompanied with 500 Buddha student statues. Get ready with camera. ample of place to take pictures. the temple is nice place to see. especially the 100tonne Buddha statue and the Quan yin statue carved from tree.
Written March 11, 2020
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Dear Kamahraj R, Your review is much appreciated. We want to make our attraction a pleasure to visit and we hope that we see you again soon. Don't forget to tell your friends about us. Love and peace, Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex
Written September 5, 2020
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Siddharth M
Mumbai, India133 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
First of all, this is a newly built place so people seeking historical places should avoid.
That said, it is quite charming and serene and worth a visit if you have the time.
Now why such a poor review -
At ticket shop, there are two options, "Electric tram for 60000 VND" and "Combo Electric Shuttle and entry to Stupa". We did not have a lot of time so thought will just use the tram to quickly visit and return. However, the cheaper ticket only drops you to the first stop at the base of the complex and requires you to walk the rest of way up (over 1km incline). The expensive one allows you to take the tram all the way up with stops at all important attractions.

So the 220000 ticket should say tram to the top including all stops and 60000 ticket should say tram only to the bottom ie first stop and walk the remaining way. Your information is wrong and you are losing money because of this as I would have bought the 220000 ticket and not the 60000 ticket.
Written December 24, 2023
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devina1991
Bengaluru, India643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Bai Dinh pagoda premises is huge and requires at least 2 to 3 hours to explore it. One needs to buy a ticket to use their electric car to go from the parking lot to the main temple premises and it is quite far to go by walking ( the management insisted us to buy a ticket( two types) 1) lesser price ticket to drop you off at the entrance of the temple premises and we have to explore the entire premises which is huge on our own by walking-Recommended. 2) Expensive ticket where the electric vehicle will take you to the nearest designated points and hence there is less walking to do and time is also saved. The premises is very nice with plenty of pagodas and gardens and nice panoramic view once you get to the top.If you have plenty of time and a private transport, then a visit to this pagoda is recommended.
Written March 27, 2023
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