Bich Dong Pagoda

Location Ninh Hải, Hoa Lư
Bich Dong Pagoda Ninh Binh

Bich Dong Pagoda Ninh Binh is a place that is familiar to tourists. People often refer to this place with the phrase Tam Coc Bich Dong. A lot of people think it is a tourist spot. But in fact, these 2 attractions are completely separated. The entrance is 2 km apart and only Tam Coc collects tickets. But Bich Dong does not. It can be said that Bich Dong is still very ancient and unspoiled. When traveling to Ninh Binh, you absolutely should not miss this point. Let’s explore with haiphongtours.com!

Inscriptions on stone at Bich Dong pagoda Ninh Binh
Inscriptions on stone at Bich Dong pagoda Ninh Binh

Bich Dong Pagoda overview

Bich Dong Pagoda is a scenic spot in the Ngu Nhac Son mountain range. This place is located in Dam Khe village, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. The front side of the pagoda is Trang Chi field and there is a meandering stinger flowing through a valley surrounded by the end of the Van Son tournament.

Stone musical instrument at Bich Dong pagoda Ninh Binh
Stone musical instrument at Bich Dong pagoda Ninh Binh

The landscape here is very spectacular, with a bridge of streams, towers, steles, mountains. Here, fragrant flowers give off 4 seasons. On the three floors of the mountain, there are ancient trees with rocks. The pagoda is associated with the cave, forming a vivid and beautiful painting.

Tower garden Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh
Tower garden Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh

What is Bich Dong?

What is Bich Dong? The word “Dong” is the Cave. And “Bich” means green or blue. But what green or blue? Is the whole cave in green or blue? Bich Dong Pagoda Ninh Binh is a group of pagodas outside the mountain facing the river. Another part is deep in the cave. The blue/green color can be the word to describe the immense green color of the mountains and forests. And also the blue color of the blue stones around the temple.

Right on the stairs to Trung Son (Middle pagoda), you will see a giant blue stone. In the cave, there are stalactites dating back hundreds of millions of years. There are places where there is still leaking water and stalactites will continue to develop over time.

Poetry in Nôm letters engraved on the mountain at Bich Dong Ninh Binh pagoda
Poetry in Nôm letters engraved on the mountain at Bich Dong Ninh Binh pagoda

History of Bich Dong Pagoda

According to the epitaph and the old people recount. In 1428, under the reign of Le Thai To (Le Loi). There are two monks named Chi Kien and Chi The. A person from Vong Doanh, a native of Dong Xuyen, Nghia Hung, Nam Dinh. These two met and became brothers. Because of their devotion to Buddhism, the two of them traveled around to find a place to practice.

When they came to the Ngu Nhac Son mountain range to see the beautiful scenery, they decided to make the temple to worship Buddha. At first, the cave was still sketchy.

Ancient fossils of Bich Dong Ninh Binh pagoda
Ancient fossils of Bich Dong Ninh Binh pagoda

In the reign of Le Canh Hung 1740-1786, the pagoda was built and expanded. Also during this period, the King appointed Nguyen Nghiem to officially named the cave “Bich Dong”.

Under the Tu Duc dynasty, despite traveling many places, Tu Duc thought that Bich Dong was the second most beautiful sight in the Vietnam. He wrote 5 words: “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong”.

History of Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh
History of Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh

Architecture of Bich Dong Pagoda

Bich Dong Pagoda is based on the mountainside, divided into 3 levels: Ha Pagoda, Trung Pagoda and Thuong Pagoda. The architectural artistic line of the pagoda has the appearance of art deco architecture in the late Le and early Nguyen dynasties. The ancient Ha pagoda in front of there was a communal house. On the left and right sides, there are “giải văn” and “giải vũ”. In the middle is the Trung pagoda with high dragon and phoenix curves.

Ha Pagoda Bich Dong Ninh Binh
Ha Pagoda Bich Dong Ninh Binh

Crossing the letter “Chi”, going up about 20 stone steps to reach Trung pagoda. There is a stone stele in the Nguyen Dynasty, a bronze bell, and 3 statues (1 stone statue, 2 black bronze statues).

Trung pagoda Bich Dong Ninh Binh
Trung pagoda Bich Dong Ninh Binh
Inscriptions on the top of Trung pagoda, Bich Dong Ninh Binh pagoda
Inscriptions on the top of Trung pagoda, Bich Dong Ninh Binh pagoda

From Trung pagoda to Dark cave, following the stone steps is the entrance to Thuong pagoda. Standing at Thuong pagoda, you can see the whole beauty of Bich Dong pagoda.

Thuong pagoda Bich Dong pagoda Ninh Binh
Thuong pagoda Bich Dong pagoda Ninh Binh

Bich Dong Pagoda is not only beautiful in landscape, charming in architectural arts but also splendid in local history. The pagoda was originally a breathtaking place for tourists everywhere. In the beginning of the revolution with secret circumstances. This is the base of comrade Ta Uyen, a revolutionary soldier hometown in Yen Mo district, Ninh Binh province.

Inside Thuong pagoda Bich Dong Ninh Binh
Inside Thuong pagoda Bich Dong Ninh Binh

Tour to visit Bich Dong pagoda

As I mentioned above, Bich Dong is always associated with Tam Coc. So you can search for keywords Tam Coc Bich Dong tour. This tour can start from Hanoi Old Quarter. Travel time from there to Bich Dong Pagoda is only about 2 hours. If you are in Hai Phong, you can book private car transfer in Hai Phong to go yourself without touring.

To visit the most interesting Bich Dong Pagoda, go to Tam Coc and rent a bicycle. After that, you bike for about 15-20 minutes wandering the country road, across the rice fields to Bich Dong. There is always a parking space there. There is no entrance fee at Bich Dong pagoda.

Conclusion

Bich Dong Pagoda in Ninh Binh in terms of both historical value and natural landscape are of utopian value. Once again, I would like to confirm that this is a tourist destination in Ninh Binh that you should never miss. Only about an hour but you will see its true value. Wish you have a smart choice! And don’t forget to share this article to support haiphongtours .com!

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