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 your Ninh Binh itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • We went to see it and at the end of the road there is a woman who tells you that the bike there goals. It made us pay 50,000 VND for two persons and bike, when I then found out that the entrance is free. I find it great that they charge for parking but that does not take the money people. The pagoda is very nice, they are three levels and you're going up each one of them to reach each of the pagodas. There are many steps, you can easily upload.
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  • Not the most impressive temple I've ever visited but amazing setting and more extensive than I thought it would be. Definitely worth a quick stop! Would recommend going somewhat early– we went around ...  more »
  • The old buildings and gateways are stunning here and there is a hidden cave behind one of the temples up the stairs which takes you even higher. It’s such a great place and you really feel like your d...  more »
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  • Pagoda itself is FREE - when I was there the woman manning the bike parking demanded $20,000 entry fee, IGNORE HER (pagoda itself has donation boxes inside). Bike/moto parking is $10,000. Pagoda itself not too interesting, the cave has bats but after climbing all the stairs no awesome view is waiting for you. Instead, go back out to the entry and get on the path through the bike parking area, past all the farm animals and around to the right of the pagoda grounds - you'll go up a bunch of stairs and at the top follow it down the other side for the worthwhile caves.
  • Walked all the way from tam coc city. The pagoda itself wasn't very big. Free entrance.
  • Definitely worth visiting temple which some parr of it is situated in a cave. Be prepare to make some steps. Great views!
  • Entrance is FREE. Parking is 10.000 they try to charge us 50.000 for motorcycle. Be careful
  • An amazing place, very spiritual and you can feel the sacred atmosphere. Go up through the three pagodas and the cave and explore. We actucally really enjoyed the way there from Tam Coc, not by the main road but through the rice fields on the scenic route. Visit here and take the longer nicer way.

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A hub for travel throughout the province, Ninh Binh features a decent number of accommodations for a town of its size. Take a look close to the main train station for the town's most-frequented hotels. Standing in a cluster in this central area, they represent convenient options, given their proximity to the main restaurants, shops, and services. Over to the west of town, a selection of homestays provide interesting options among the karst landscape of Ninh Binh, with some refined, and others a little more budget-friendly.
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