Bai Dinh Pagoda & The Caves of Ninh Binh

by Dwight

Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam, is famous not only for its size but also for housing a 100-ton bronze Sakyamuni Buddha statue and 500 stone Arhat statuesRoughly 90 kilometers south of Hanoi, Trang An sits nestled amid the glorious limestone cliffs, forested mountains, and lakes of Ninh Binh Province.

Travelers take a rowboat through the area to discover Trang An’s stunning scenery. The huge green mountains look up from the clear blue water below. Experience a romantic chorus of songbirds and as oars gently stir the water.The boat passes through many lakes, studded on all sides by inviting cave grottos.

Boats pass through caves, many displaying bright stalactites.

Toi Dark Cave stretches 315 meters back into the mountain – the deepest in Trang An. Large limestone outcrops looming at the entrance and exit give the cave a surreal, mystical feel. Other grottoes like Sang Light, Ba Giot Three Drops and Son Duong Chamois are also famous attractions.In fact, the 2,000-hectare Trang An Tourist Site is endowed with nearly 100 caves. While half of them can be visited by boat, the rest must be accessed on land.After cruising through the caves, we climbed mountains to visit temples that held relics dating back to the eleventh century.

Stop in at Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest in Vietnam.The 107-hectare pagoda is famous for housing a 100-ton bronze Sakyamuni Buddha statue, the heaviest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and 500 stone Arhat statues spiritual practitioners who have realized the goal of Nirvana.Thanks to its majestic architecture and solemn atmosphere, Bai Dinh Pagoda attracts many pilgrims every day, especially during the first lunar month.

A BRIEF TOUR OF THE  NINH BINH CAVES

via Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily | Rowing toward heaven.

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