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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  • This is an amazing place with pagodas built inside the mountain. Be aware though, there are a huge number of steep steps, but for those able to make the climb, the experience is worth it.  more »
  • Pretty cool temple, this was our first stop and I’d definitely recommend! There’s the main path to the top through a cave, which I definitely recommend doing! There’s another path that looks like it’s...  more »
  • Consists of three pagodas, each one on a different level ascending a karst mountain. To reach the second level you climb a set of stairs. To reach the third level, you go through a huge cave lit by li...  more »
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  • The special thing is that it is build in a cave. Nice to see and walk around. Not really special. Entrance fee is free but you have to pay 30k for parking you motorbike.
  • there 2 two ways in Bich Donv Pagoda. The first way stand behind pagoda, when you entry pagoda, go up stairs, on the left room let you come in the cave. The second ways place in right side when you parking the vehicle. There is a motorcycle parking on the right side of the pagoda, follow the road let you go belong right side of pagoda, there are few steps that you can see the other view.
  • We were a bit disappointed with the pagoda. It’s a nice place for praying and to peacefully relax but there’s not much to see. It’s nice because it’s built inside of a cave...
  • Really lovely pagoda. I didn’t pay for parking, I just parked on the road leading up to the site. You can climb up the karst mountain directly behind the temple built in to the cliff face, which was awesome. Spent a couple of hours up there taking photos from the high vantage point. I went there on the Vietnamese new year day and it was very quite.
  • The pagodas were nice, but the parking service was terrible. Bring some native friends because they will asked for more if you are foreigners. There is a peaceful valley behind the pagoda, take a few stairs. But, there was a guy following us and asked if we would want to see the pagoda (or something) inside the mountains. If you agreed, he will open the gate and charge $1 / person. DO NOT fall for that because I'm pretty sure he don't have the officially right to charge money.
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