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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  • Nice location with scenic valley behind, Just local people tries to rip you off with fake entrance tickets (there is no real entrance fee).  more »
  • First past the ghastly souvenir stalls, which all sell the same pockets with OWL motifs, then we reach the so-called rock pagoda Bich Dong. Access to the pagoda is currently under water, so shoes and barefoot. It is also much more comfortable. Then it goes from a pagoda in the other. The lower pagoda is still free, the upper are integrated into the limestone. It goes up sharply, in part through a dark cave, you must climb the many stairs, but worth all the way. There is a spiritual atmosphere. Nature and architecture in harmony. Incredible, that deals with only a Buddhist nun alone to the whole system.
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  • With the scooter drove to this place, nice to have seen but only if you have time! Definitely not a must see!
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Quite nice but nothing special. You pay only 10k for parking.
  • 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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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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