Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda
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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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  • 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 29 June 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 September 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • LaNyonsaise
    West Midlands, United Kingdom997 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 February 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
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Roy Jonathan A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Great temple experience in Vietnam. Definitely a must visit if this is your first time here in Vietnam especially in Hanoi.
Written 17 May 2024
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Chris318i
Regensburg, Germany423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
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.
Written 29 April 2024
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Marta Odino
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
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!
Written 14 April 2024
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kathybciren
Cirencester, UK112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A very interesting place to visit. I was slightly apprehensive given another review that says it's like a theme park! But there are no rides, just the little golf buggies that take you round - and they are well organised. The ticket prices are confusing. The assistant explained it about 10 times. Ours was a hop on, hop off the buggy - but I'm not convinced that everyone couldn't do that. It included entrance to the Stupa (tower).The place is not commercial at all (well maybe for a devout Buddhist). Beautiful, huge halls and Buddha statues. Very interesting to see the way it is laid out. The whole site 700 hectares with halls linked by corridors, towers etc. Best to read in the guide books about biggest Buddha statue in Asia - there are differently named Buddhas. Very impressive arhat corridor - longest in Asia each statue in a different position. A good place for us to visit on a drizzly day, but of course disappointing views.
Written 19 March 2024
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 23 February 2024
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Sandra Artist
London, UK413 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I completely disliked the whole visit: Buddhism is all about humility...
The tickets were bought as a combo, part of the package to the river trip at Trang An: 3 hours river trip with lots of wonderful caves and beautiful scenery.
I discovered that Bai Ding pilgrimage site was constructed in 2010. It's a modern monument to Buddhism covering a whole valley and feels like a Disney land!

Electric shuttle takes 10 mins to get to first building.from the massive car park area and 20 queues entrance building. They are really catering for huge crowds, beware at certain times of the year!

This is a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, one of the biggest. The tallest pagoda in Asia, the largest this, the highest that. I’m an atheist and it all seems as far from original Buddhism as I think you can get. No humility here.

Graduated larger and more massive temples with bigger Buddhas with info on how many kg of gold leaf required. A hotel in the middle of the site and piped music throughout.
Spirituality is sign-posted everywhere but it's entirely lacking in this marble palace of bling. It's actually shocking.

You will need to purchase a " hop on and off" ticket and stick to the standard route to get around the electric carts,as distances are huge!
You might need 2 hours to visit and do get the lift access to the 100m high pagoda: the views of the karstic landscape are stunning. Not the numerous quartz buddhas...

The small original old temple is an extra 1 km of the route on a 3km walking circuit with many steps, probably worth it but I didn't have energy left to walk so much.

There is major construction work to excavate a semi circular lake covering several acres with island arcs, and to extend the car park. They are planning coaches of " pilgrims"!
Written 23 January 2024
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Dr. Nisha V
United Arab Emirates72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We visited the Bai Dinh pagoda with friends.. it was an amazing experience and enriching at the same time. The whole area is so beautiful.
Our guide Brian was so friendly and informative.
Written 17 January 2024
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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 24 December 2023
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Anna M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 26 November 2023
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Curiosity42518124285
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Money driven temple! Very confusing and the workers were so unfriendly and rude. We have been to many other VN cities and the people were so nice, not the people at this temple. Don’t plan to return. Don’t go!
Written 25 November 2023
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