Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda complex in Southeast Asia which covers 530 hectares of land. The whole complex consists of the original old temple for Buddhist privileges and a newly created larger temple for tourists visiting.
As a spiritual complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda offers pleasant sights and gives off a peaceful feeling. Temples, shrines and pagodas are spread out over the hillside with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.
Tourists are no need to pay the entrance fee but as the Bai Dinh Pagoda’s campus is so large, visitors can use electric cars from the parking area to up to the pagoda if they do not have much time. The fee for one turn of using electric cars is 30,000 dong per person.
Bai Dinh Pagoda opening hours are from 7 a.m to 6 p.m everyday. Visitors can come anytime during these hours.
Bai Dinh Pagoda dress code
Visiting Bai Dinh, you must avoid wearing skirts, short and leggings. Moreover, wearing running shoes and sneakers instead of high heels as you will walk and climb a lot.
A Look Inside Bai Dinh Ancient Pagoda
From the overall view, Bai Dinh Pagoda is a standard of the ancient-pagoda architecture in Vietnam, typically massive constructions in the new pagoda area. The roofs of the central pagoda are really stunning including 3 layers with 12 curvy roofs in the shape of Vietnamese blades. They are covered by tile roofs which have the shape of Vietnamese traditional shoes. The steps are decorated with stone dragons of Ly dynasty style. Standing on the large yard, visitors can see a well named ‘Ngoc’.
Around corridors are La Han Buddha statues put to surround the campus of the pagoda. There are many small green gardens where mock Bodhi trees, marcotted directly from the trees in Indian pagodas, are the most popular trees. The atmosphere of Bai Dinh Pagoda is really peaceful, cool and fresh. This is an ideal place for Buddhists to worship and gather.