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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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  • requires climbing and well behind the temple to take a new staircase leading upstairs.
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  • Ancient pagoda style North. In the outer Temple, 2 side is outdoor shower very nice, in the Dark cave for those who love to explore. View look very nice if you are difficult to climb up on the top.
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  • Though this pagoda is of no great vintage- most of the buildings only date back to the early 1990s- it is worth a look due to its superb location on a limestone outcrop in the countryside outside Tam ...  more »
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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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