Bai Dinh Pagoda
Known as Vietnam’s largest pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda is a famous tourist destination known for the beautiful and impressive temples that can be found within the pagoda’s complex.
Located 15 kilometres from the centre of Ninh Binh Province, Bai Dinh Pagoda boasts of a total area of 539 hectares which include 27 hectares of old pagoda, and 80 hectares of the newer Bai Dinh Pagoda area. Ancient Bai Dinh Pagoda — which is home to a Buddhist cave, Nguyen Temple, and God Cao Son Temple — is a significant place for Vietnam’s culture and history. The Newer Bai Dinh Pagoda area isn’t as historically important as its ancient counterpart, but tourists still come here to see its impressive architecture which has a modern take on traditional Vietnamese temples. The sceneries here are breathtaking, and each temple — whether modern or ancient — is nothing short of picturesque.
Bai Dinh Pagoda is located in Ninh Binh Province, 15 kilometres from the town centre.
Opening Days and Hours
Bai Dinh Pagoda is open daily from 7:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the pagodas is free. However, some people may charge you an “exit fee” on your way out.
How to Get There
- Fly to Hanoi via AirAsia, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
- From Hanoi, board a train or take a bus to Ninh Binh.
- From Ninh Binh, rent a car to Bai Dinh Pagoda.
- Solo travelers
- Groups of friends
Time to Spend
Average time to spend in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Best time to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda is between January and March. The weather around this time is cooler, and the Pagoda Festival also happens during these months.
Grab quick bites from nearby restaurants like Khoa Dung, Bamboo Bar and Restaurant, Restaurant Duc Nhat, Sun Flower Restaurant, and Thao Linh Restaurant.
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Nearby accommodations include Ninh Binh Mountain View Homestay, Bai Dinh Hotel, Ninh Binh Friendly Homestay, Tam Family Homestay, Ho Nuih Dinh Hotel, and Sierra Homestay. Rates range from USD 19 to USD 60.