Bai Dinh Pagoda Ninh Binh is about 15 km from Ninh Binh city and 95 km from Hanoi. Bai Dinh Pagoda complex is worth an attraction for any tourists.
Complex of Bai Dinh Pagoda now consists of an ancient pagoda and a complex of new pagoda built in 2010. Also, far about 5 km from Hoa Lu Ancient Capital to the northwest and leaned back on Bai Dinh Mountain overlooking the valley. Architectural ensemble of new Pagoda is on the campus of over 700 hectares with 20 items of work. And many large architectural works hitting national records also. Moreover, the pagoda is under the construction project of Trang An cultural tourism center covering approximately 2,000 hectares and contributes to attract tourists to Ninh Binh Tours.
Looking from the outside, like other pagodas in Vietnam, the Pagoda also retains 3-gate entrance. Behind entrance is the 3-storey octagonal bell tower 24 roof hanging the great bronze bell. It weight is 36 tons with 5,40m high, 3.45m in diameter. Which was implemented by artisan Nguyen Van Sinh in Phuong Duc ward, Hue city. He has also successfully casted 2 largest bells in Vietnam (27 tons and 36 tons) to pagoda. Across the bell tower in turn is “Tam Quan Noi” Temple, Phap Chu Temple, Avalokitesvara Temple and Dien Tam Temple. Additionally, there are also clusters of other architectures. The pagoda overlooks the river in the front and leans back on the hill in rear. This prime location has turned the Pagoda into one of the most impressive attractions in Ninh Binh.
Phap Chu Temple or Shakyamuni Temple
Phap Chu Temple’s the big 8 roof temple worshiping the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha casted in bronze. While, the statue weighs 100 tons and retains 10m high. They built entirely of massive and monumental reinforced concrete with 30 m high, 47.6 m long and 43.3 m wide. Phap Chu Temple owns 5 compartments, the center of which is relatively large with 13.5 m long. The rest is divided into both sides with 8 m long each. Vietnam Book of Records confirmed the record “the highest and heaviest gilded bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in Vietnam” for this Pagoda. The temple also retains 3 horizontal lacquered boards considered the largest in Vietnam and presents only at this Pagoda. In addition, Shakyamuni Temple has pair of the nation’s biggest bronze cranes.
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Temple
Behind Phap Chu Temple is Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Temple. They built entirely by large ironwood pillars with an area of 800 m2. It was 14.8 m high, 41.8 m long, 17.4 m wide and consists of 7 compartments. The top of the temple is 15 meters high where the statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva casted in bronze with 11m high and weighing 70 tons. This is also the Vietnam’s largest bronze statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Tam The Temple
Located in the highest position, 76m above sea level is Tam The Temple (Past, Present and Future). It is the highest, widest and most spectacular temple in this Pagoda in Ninh Binh. The Temple is up to 34 m high, 59.1 m long, 40 m wide with the indoor area of about 3,000 m2. Inside Tam The Temple, there are also 3 horizontal lacquer boards and 3 gilded bronze statues of Buddha with 7.2 meters tall and weighing 50 tons each. Three statues also contribute to bring this pagoda to reach a new record “The temple has the largest bronze statues of Buddha in Vietnam”. In addition, downstairs of the Temple is Van Tam Chay Restaurant with over 100 vegetarian dishes and Loc Tai Buddhist souvenirs center.
Arhat corridors in Bai Dinh Pagoda Ninh Binh
One of the most unique features in this Pagoda is the Arhat corridors with a total length of 1.8 km running along both sides from Phap Chu Temple down to Tam Quan Noi. 500 Arhat statues made of Thanh Hoa green stone lively show up under the talent of the artisans in Ninh Van stone carving village (Ninh Binh). Each corridor produces 250 Arhat statues.