Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, Ninh Binh
(2.1/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This unusual architectural style saw for the first time. It is Viet Nam's unique wooden temples and churches of the West have been fused. I think it's designed to be easily accepted by the Viet Nam people missionaries came from the West. Was a strange feeling at the Church since it was evening visited the afternoon sun.
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  • I didn't plan to visit this temple but the bus stopped on the way from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. The entrance fee is high and not worth it if you are not particularly interested in the history of the Dynast...  more »
  • Specifically here to go hardly seems worth it, but in the one-day trip towards Trang Ana is quite an interesting place to visit. The ancient capital was built in the 10th century. Interesting architecture, the more interesting story, so without a guide you hardly anything will understand and learn why and who founded this place and why later the capital was moved to another location.
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