Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties

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Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties

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Le monde de Chris
9 contributions
Jan 2021
It was a nice place to visit. Should read before came here or you can ask for a narrator. Rich history and beautiful architecture.

But beware of the motorbike ride offer outside the entrance. The narrator said that there are 2 main place Dinh temple and Le temple. But the locals ride you to about 10 places. They said 10000 VND each motor, however, it turned out a lie. At each destination, you pay them 10000 VND. After the trip is over, you may think it 100000 VND in total. The answer is no. You pay them 110000 VND (10000 VND at the beginning) or more depend on they take picture of you or not.
Written January 15, 2021
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,148 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We called in here, slightly 'templed out' after a month in SE Asia, but found these temples more interesting than we'd envisaged. They benefit from a nice location, approached over a river and surrounded by mountains.

I wouldn't make a special trip here but, as part of a general visit to the Nimh Bình region, it certainly has a part to play.
Written March 2, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,109 contributions
Dec 2019
We arrived around 10am at the Hoa Lu Temples. It was starting to get busy but everything is well spread out. There was even a local school getting a class photo out front. Super Cute! I included a picture of the map of the grounds.

It is a beautiful & well maintained area with a lot of history. It is surrounded by high limestone mountains which help hide them from potential invaders. It is one of the ancient capital Cities of Vietnam that dates back to the 11th century to honour the Emperor Ding Tien Hoang, Queen Xuong Ban Nga & their sons.

We were there for about an hour and 15mins. Personally, I felt rushed. I think 2 hours would be a good amount of time to not feel rushed. Please remember to dress respectfully. Shoulders, stomaches and knees must be covered
Written June 2, 2020
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Morten Bay Madsen
Copenhagen, Denmark19 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Worth the visit. Beautiful temples but much like the others You see in the area. 30-45 mins and You’ve pretty much taken it all in.
If You park Your scooter it is free if You buy a water/coke or fruit.
Written February 20, 2020
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Ashish J
Pinner, UK114 contributions
Jan 2020
Lovely place to visit and guide can explain to you the history and significance of these temples. Worth coming here if you are around Hanoi and looking for a day-long trip. Interesting stories about Dinh and Le dynasties as well.
Written January 5, 2020
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Bag-of-bones
Chicago, IL70 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We drove out to the area by van and then switched to bicycles. Toured the area and visited the temples. Rode our bikes in the fields and between the rice paddies in the morning.
In the afternoon, we boarded boats where the rowers used their feet to paddle upstream. We rowed along farms and under three mountains.
This was a stupendous day.
Written January 1, 2020
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Tran Bao An
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam70 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Hoa Lu Citadel is the only thing left of Vietnam's former capital Hoa Lu. Founded in 968, Hoa Lu remained capital until the early 11th century when Emperor Ly Thai To moved it to today's Hanoi. Despite the lack of "original" buildings, the trip to Hoa Lu is definitely worth it. Arriving in the beautiful mountainous landscape, you walk 300m to the temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasty. They are situated in very beautifully designed parks, not unlike Van Mieu in Hanoi. Frangipani blossoms are literally everywhere, and the air is full of the smell of sweet incense fumes and damp air.
If you have a good guide, you'll be able to learn a lot about the history of Hoa Lu. Our guide was alright, but his English was a catastrophe so that we couldn't understand too much. The only thing that was understandable was his story about Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang. He was murdered by a mandarin who had dreamt of a star falling into his mouth - which he interpreted as a sign that he would be the only real emperor. The statue of Dinh Tien Hoang is found in the temple.
In order to avoid leaving Hoa Lu without a clue about what happened there, grab a good guidebook and ask your guide everything you want to know.
All of the travel agencies and hotels can arrange guided tours to Hoa Lu, usually combined with Tam Coc. The price for a 1-day-tour should be around 20$ per person
Written April 9, 2015
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Jason S
Gold Coast, Australia30 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Having read mixed reviews I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Our guide made this place come alive, explained Vietnamese history, spoke of why this place was chosen and how short a period it remained as the seat of the newly established Vietnam. The buildings are 18C recreations of the original. Do it on a guided tour, we added Ninh Bin with a boat trip and cycling tour and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Written December 24, 2019
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Ellen B
39 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
It might have been the capital ones, but there is not too much to see apart from a grand entrance and a few buildings. Good to have seen it as it was part of their history but I would not see this as a MUST.
Written April 22, 2019
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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,087 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
So, a lot of the recent reviews are pretty negative. I can totally see the validity of the complaints that this is a relatively small attraction and that it costs. But, 40,000 dong or 50,000 dong is a little more than USD 2. So, this is not going to break the bank. And, there's a lot of work going on to ensure that this site is maintained properly. In Vietnamese culture, people still come to worship and pay their respects in these temples. It is not purely a tourist attraction.

There are two primary temples on this spot. Each of the temples was originally built as a palace and as the dynasty occupying that temple died (was killed in the first case), the palace became a temple and a new palace was built. The older palace on this spot was the spot from where the first emperor of a free Vietnam (really called the Great Big Viet) was located. You cannot take pictures inside the actual palace structures - not because they want to make more money off of you and charge - but because they want to respect the solemn nature of the palaces.

In addition to the two palaces, there are also some excavations and an additional small museum on the site.

Is this the largest and most impressive historical building in Vietnam? No. Certainly not. However, from the Vietnamese perspective, this is essentially where it all began. I'd say that it was worth the visit.
Written November 4, 2018
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