Used to be the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, Hoa Lu today is a national-level cultural center filled with ancient pagodas and citadels. Hoa Lu gives off a mysterious yet nostalgic vibe as it’s surrounded by high arc-shaped rocky mountains, spectacular scenery and numerous calm lakes. This charming and tranquil landscape always leaves a strong appeal for anyone visiting.
Inside the complex, there is an iconic archway in the entrance on the bridge leading into the capital. Because of wars, there are not many remainings except some temples built on the old sites which are King Dinh and King Le Temples.
This place is for everyone want to know and dig deeper into the culture, history and ancient Viet architecture.
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital entrance fee
The entrance fee is 20.000 VND per visitor.
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital opening hours
Hoa Lu capital opens from 7.00 to 16:00.
There is no specific dress code but you should dress politely since Hoa Lu is a spiritual tourist destination.
King Dinh Temple is one of the unique architectures to worship King Dinh Tien Hoang.
The temple was built by carved wood and stone, all were done by hands of the skillful Vietnamese folk artists. The temple will bring you the feel of hundred years ago with its peaceful, sediment and impressive beauty.
King Dinh Temple is located at the foot of Ma Yen mountain, and you will have to climb up more than 200 steps to the top of the mountain to pay a visit to this temple.
You will also have a significant panoramic view from the top of the mountain. This is no doubt a photogenic place with the lush green forest and cloudy mountains running to the horizon.
King Le Temple
Nearby King Dinh Temple is the Temple of King Le. This temple is often considered as a smaller King Dinh Temple.
The whole architecture is divided into three parts: the front shrine, Thien Huong house and the sanctum worshipping Le King.
There are statues displaying in both of the temples. They were sculptured a long time ago – maybe hundreds of years ago – but generally they are intact and beautiful as ever. You should not miss the chance to take photos of them!
Nhat Tru Pagoda
Nhat Tru Pagoda is a 1.000-year-old pagoda with such an interesting story. It was the meeting place for the monks that the king invited to help him solve national problems.
Nhat Tru literally means “One column”. It is because this pagoda has an octagonal column carved with the writings of Buddha’s words and it is one of the Vietnamese national treasures. Interesting, isn’t it?