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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  • This is a massive site - to truly explore all of it would take more time than we had available. We did, however, manage to see the primary sights. The most impressive were the truly ancient figures in...  more »
  • Hoa Lu was the capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties and this magnificent millennial temple, near Halong Bay land (Tam Coc) is perfectly preserved. Many statues of monarchs, altars, thrones, halberds and other artifices give an overview of the magniscence of the time.
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  • HOA LU was the capital of the country under the rule of the DINH and the the. The intact Citadel, walk again from large Karst rocks, seems to expect. Few people in the morning. We visit in the quiet and we appreciate General imposing architecture as well as the two temples. The thrones of pageantry are splendid and as always decorated with bright colors the surrounding landscape is beautiful and so you understand why these two Kings have chosen this place for their capital.
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