Bái Đính Temple, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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Bái Đính Temple

On Saturday 4th November we went to Ninh Binh Province for the weekend. We went to visit Bai Dinh Temple in Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam what an Amazing place.

The Bai Dinh Temple and the Cultural complex is a complex of Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Province. The compound consists of the original old temple and a newly created larger temple.

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It is considered to be the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam

and has become a popular site for Buddhist pilgrimages from across Vietnam.

Bai Dinh Temple, along with Phat Diem Cathedral, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tran An, Cuc Phuong is a famous tourist attraction site of Ninh Binh Province.

The New Bai Đính Temple (Bái Đính Tân Tự) encompasses an area of 700 hectares, located on Ba Rau hills, near the Hoang Long River. This is a large complex which includes many structures built in several phases starting in 2002 and will finally be completed in 2020.

The temple’s architecture follows traditional lines, consisting of large halls, courtyards and enclosures, but the huge scale of Bai Dinh makes it strikingly different from previously built Vietnamese Buddhist pagodas.

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The largest structure, the Tam Thế Hall, rises to 34 m at its roof ridge and measuring over 59 m in length.

The construction materials are locally quarried stone and timber from Ninh Bình, tiles from Bát Tràng although reinforced concrete was also employed for the scale of construction. Despite this, the temple adheres to traditional Vietnamese designs with its curve finials and corner eaves soaring outward and upward, likened to the phoenix’s tail.

Interior decorations were selected specifically for artisanal works from the local handicraft villages, among which are the bronze workers of Ý Yên, stone carvers of Ninh Van, wood carpentry of Phú Lộc, embroidery from Ninh Hải.

The most important emphasizing point of these great religious works is Tam The Temple and Phap Chu Temple. Two temples cover a total area of 1,000 square meters. The height of Phap Chu Temple is up to 22m and it contains five partitions.

In Tam The Temple, there are three Tam The statues representing the past, the present and the future. Each statue is 12 m high and weighs 100 tons.

 

Another special feature in Bai Dinh pagoda is “Great Bell” with the weight of 36 tons was cast and located in Bell Tower. In addition, there is 70 -ton bronze drum on the floor of the Tower. What’s more, coming to Bai Dinh pagoda, visitors have a chance to see the biggest Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue in Bodhisattva Temple.

This statue looks so marvellous with thousand hands and eyes to present the protection and universal salvation for common people.

Furthermore, visitors will be astonished at the collection of 500 Arhat statues on the hill on the right – hand side of Phap Chu Temple. The 500 Arhat statues with the height of 2.3m, carved by Ninh Binh stone have different positions and gestures that create magic space and lively atmosphere.

Without a doubt, Bai Dinh pagoda is a masterpiece of both nature and men and it is the pride of Vietnamese people in terms of unique architecture, culture and historical value.

 

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