Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, Ninh Binh

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Two of the last remaining structures from the 10th-century capital, Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties invite you to uncover this ancient era of Vietnamese history. Home to the country’s first two imperial dynasties, the temples were built in honor of the Dinh and Early Le families. Built some 600 hundred years after the demise of the citadel, the restored grounds feature paths that wander in the shadow of looming limestone mountains, then lead up 200 steps to the temples’ entrances. Located 300 m (984.2 ft) apart, each temple hosts its own altar in memory of the Le and Dinh emperors, housed in typical 17th-century Vietnamese wooden architecture. Consider hiring a guide to take you around the site, as you won't find signage in English. Put Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties and other Ninh Binh attractions into our Ninh Binh trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Cool to visit. I believe I posted the wrong review, this was actually the former royal residence. Water buffalo on site and an interesting history behind the temple. Cheapest entry fee I think it was ...  more »
  • We saw this place on the way to Bai Dinh pagoda, stoped to visit and was attractive by beautiful temples inside of Kings. This place is worth to visit if you want to know more about history of Vietnam...  more »
  • Hoa Lu was was the capital of Vietnam in the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 1009. Some sanctuaries have not survived but what you see now is lovely gardens and a shrine to Buddha. Cost is only 20,000 do...  more »