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Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh

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Explore Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest temple complex in Vietnam, completed in 2010. Everything is built on a grand scale in the spacious, 700 hectare (1,729 acre) compound. View the temple's massive collection of over 500 statues, take in the spiritual atmosphere, and ascend over 300 steps to the top of the imposing tower to enjoy expansive views of the area. Add Bai Dinh Pagoda and other attractions to your Ninh Binh trip itinerary using our Ninh Binh vacation planner.
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  • Yes the largest pagoda complex in SE asia. But no historical significance and didn't impress me much after months of travelling.  more »
  • Amazing experience. The complex on a whole is incredibly beautiful and mesmerizing. If you are wondering whether or not to pay for the electric car, just bear in mind that the electric car brings you ...  more »
  • Though we had to walk for nearly an hour to reach the peak, it was quite comfortable because the corridors have shed and there are different monk statues along the way. There is a tower near the top w...  more »
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  • Buddhist theme park. Nimh Binh should become the tourist centre of Vietnam by 2030. This is for sure part of that plan. Yes, it is big and worth a visit when you are around. No, do not expect high spirituality and history as it is all newly build for tourism. There is a huge parking space from which you need to buy a ticket to get to the complex by electronic vehicle. And in the pagoda there is a nice elevator to bring you to the top (no sweat required). When we were there November 2016 it still needed some finishing touches to some parts of the structure, but overall everything looks very neat. Since not much is done for advertising yet, we had the whole 'park' for ourselves and maybe 50 other tourists.
  • You get too see more than 500 different statues of buddha, nice place, you can yake a day trip from hanoi
  • A great place to end a day tour of Ninh Bình. It has a lovely view looking out from the highest temple and it is great to walk around. There are a lot of steps though so be careful with your knees. An electric car can be rented to drive you from the car park. I visited on a cold winter's day in January. Apparently it is heaving around Tet holiday.
  • The no doubt beauty. Immerse in to the enlightenment of Buddhism. Only the staff of electric car attitude was the things need to improve.
  • Extremely disappointed. Didn't get to see the old Pagoda, but the new one is an atrocious monstrosity to Buddhism. Bái Đính Pagoda is like a religious themed park minus the fun. The entire complex is huge yet empty and lack any spirituality presence. As you explore, you begin to feel its emptiness and commercial purpose rather than spiritual. You begin to feel the commercialization right at the bottom of the hill where people are selling food - including MEAT. The public washrooms are guarded by non friendly attendants who just want your 2000 vnd fee. Right outside the main gate, there's a team of photographers hawking to take your picture for a fee. As you enter and turn right or left to walk inside, there are random refreshment peddlers trying to sell you drinks while the speakers rant off propaganda and rules of the pagoda - one of them being you can't be peddling goods in the pagoda. There are huge framed Vietnam Record certificates at most of the main attractions - clearly showing that the purpose of building this entire complex is to be the biggest, tallest, heaviest, etc... in VN, in SE Asia, etc... rather than have any other meaningful or spiritual purpose. Before entering the main hall, there's are several signs that clearly state you can't take a picture, video, and must wear long clothing (typical religious institution requirements); however, upon entering, you can clearly see that none of the rules are enforced. In fact, there's a professional photographer in the main hall hawking people to take a picture. I HIGLY DISCOURAGE anyone from visiting this blasphemy they called a Buddhist Pagoda.