Bich Dong Pagoda, Ninh Binh

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Bich Dong Pagoda stands out with its unusual formation--each of the three pagodas rest on three different levels of the mountain. Climb the steep stairs, wind through the caves, and see rice fields on the way up. The path abounds with vistas of pointed green mountains, mist, and rivers. The pagodas have different designs--the low pagoda boasts five departments, while half of the middle one is carved into the mountain. A green pond encloses the top pagoda, creating a serene and picturesque ambiance. Enter the gloomy interiors displaying altars, Buddhist statues, and smelling strongly of incense. Consider bringing a flashlight to better explore the caves. Make Bich Dong Pagoda a centerpiece of your Ninh Binh vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Ninh Binh itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Loved the short hike here. I think this should be in everyone's to do list in Ninh Binh....Going up the steps & getting into caves & seeing the Buddha statue in all it's glory. It's really beautiful t...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The pagoda is nice, but the most striking to me is the beautiful setting where, nestled in the heart of nature. It has temples at different heights that can be reached by stairs. The environment is fairly closed, so there are no many views from the top, but constitutes one visit more than recommended.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Here made stops during the tour at sunset. Impressive plant which is well maintained
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  • June 27, 2017
    Give yourself time. Make sure to walk all the way up. Have to go behind the first temple inside the cave and continue up. You can park your bike and give a donation if you can. I too had no money, he didn't say anything, but they ask for money when you get your bike.
  • May 22, 2017
    We couldn't even go to see it because we went on bikes and you aren't allowed to leave your bike anywhere for free. And of course I didn't bring money because it is suppose to be a free attraction. You can't even park down the road because the locals all charge you money. It's so frustrating. This would never happen in a 'civilized' country.
  • June 16, 2017
    Unique place , old temple by the karst wall , make sure to find the staircase to upper altar, and for somebody who thinks it is expensive to park there, think again ( your loss)
  • July 17, 2017
    Quite nice but nothing special. You pay only 10k for parking.
  • January 23, 2017
    This place was absolutely stunning! We almost left without seeing the best part, through the cave. So make sure you find the stairs up the cliff and the trail that leads you through the cave and up some more cliffs to the mini temple on the hill side. Definitely a unique place!

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