Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda, Gia Sinh

Bai Dinh Pagoda
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5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
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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Alex D
Hanoi, Vietnam690 contributions
Magnificent
Mar 2021 • Friends
We booked a night tour to see the pagoda at night and it was far beyond expectation. We were the only ones in the pagoda and it was magical to see all the beautiful Buddha statues and towers
Written March 10, 2021
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Olivia T
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
Fascinating history
Apr 2020
The temple was resplete with Vietnamese history and was a great place to take in the sights and culture of the region.
Written March 7, 2021
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Iago G
2 contributions
Interesting landmark
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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Kama7880
Klang, Malaysia46 contributions
A must see place
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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silvergeck0
Hervey Bay, Australia105 contributions
Opportunity to learn and appreciate
Mar 2020 • Couples
Amazing complex with intricate sculptures and a wonderful opportunity to understand the Vietnamese expression of Buddhism. Still being built/created. We chose to have a guide to explain both the complex and Buddhism plus we bought the electric car option as I am not able bodied.
We had an amazing time (3 1/2 hours) learning and appreciating the philosophy and the architecture. There are a lot of stairs to climb over the 180 hectares so we were pleased to pay for the lift in the 13 levels building. We don’t agree that 30,000 VD is a lot of money as it was basically less than $2 AUS.
The day we were there we paid an entrance fee of 520,000 VD for 2 adults that’s only $33.55 AUS. We don’t consider that to be expensive considering the time and information that our guide gave us. We had a wonderful time and would visit again in a few years to see how it develops.
Written March 8, 2020
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Xin chào Silvergeck0, We are happy that you enjoyed your visit to the pagoda and we thank you for visiting us. We think it is a very special place and want to encourage more Vietnamese tourists and citizens to visit us. It is really a good decision to explore the complex with an on-site guide. Love and peace, Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex
Written September 5, 2020
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Avid Traveler
Hyderabad, India126 contributions
Impressively large pagoda
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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ejc-free
Le Pin, France89 contributions
Beautiful and thought provoking
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful series of pagodas, peaceful, thought provoking... you need to spend a good few hours here to experience it all
Written March 1, 2020
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Xin chào Ejc-free ! 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. Love and peace, Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex
Written September 5, 2020
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Nurit
19 contributions
No need to buy the two way cart ticket
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is certainly an impressive place. We visited it along with the Trang An boat tour, which made it into a perfect day.
All the explanation signs are only in Vietnamese, and staff (including in the ones at the tourists' booth) don't speak a word of English. This is weird given that this is a tourist attraction.
They offer you to buy one way or return cart tickets, without providing any explanation. We bought return tickets and used only one way. One way takes you to the main entrance, from there you walk through this large and impressive complex (signs are clear) and when you get the the end (stupa and Buddha statue), it is a short walk to the exit/parking lot.

Michael and Nurit
Israel/Canada
Written February 27, 2020
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Xin chào Michael and Nurit, Thank you for the feedback. We are glad to hear that you loved the complex. We will try to address the things that you have mentioned in the review. We are aiming to make our attraction one of the leading things to visit in Ninh Binh and we appreciate all feedback and suggestions to make our site better and easier to explore. 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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Morten Bay Madsen
Copenhagen, Denmark19 contributions
Beautiful temples and a nice complex.
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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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,041 contributions
Incredibly Impressive Site
Feb 2020
Yes, the reviews that bemoan the logistics of this place are correct. But, if you can get over that, you'll hopefully be as impressed as we were. This is not an ancient pagoda but really a quite modern one though it doesn't feel that way. (There are large parts still under construction now.) There was no easily identifiable way to walk from the entrance area to the pagoda site so we did grudgingly take the electric cars. And yes, the siting of the electric car stops obviously didn't get a lot of thought. But, if you don't take the electric car, you'll waste a lot of time.

Everything about this pagoda is grandiose and gaudy. But, it's also really impressive while still inspiring tranquility and zen. We couldn't imagine the cost of building this place in very recent years. We did decide to pay extra to go up the tower to get a view of the surrounding countryside. It was 50,000 dong per adult which might seem like a lot but the pagoda itself is free (and the electric car was annoying but inexpensive.) So, I was OK with kicking in a few hundred thousand dong for my family and me to explore this place to the max.

When planning your visit, note that the natural aim of the visit takes you from the electric car stop and the main entrance all the way to the top - but then there's no electric car stop anywhere to be found. We ended up walking over a kilometer to the "closest" stop in order to leave. By the time we got there, it was pitch dark and we were hoping the cars would still be running.

But, please don't let the cranky nay-sayers dissuade you from visiting this modern (faux ancient) marvel of Buddhist construction.
Written February 17, 2020
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Xin chào JSTrip_77 ! 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 6, 2020
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