February 23 2018

A long journey to Bai Dinh pagoda, Ancient Trang An and Ancient Capital Hoa Lu

 The story begins with my status included a shared link film with a broken plan to hang out with high school friends on Facebook. In the comment field, Hue, my sister suggested me traveling some places discovering in Tet holiday with relatives. After one day of discussing, we decided to choose Trang An landscapes complex in Ninh Binh province is my destination.

 On the day before the trip, the first time, we have 6 participants. but after considering the weather and others, just 4 are okay, the rests have their own reasons and cannot take part in. Although knowing that the weather is not good for us as well as there are a few participants, we still not give up because of our determined spirit.

Next day, with well-prepared food, drink, gas, the trip including me, Hue, Huyen, Vui. We begin the trip at 7:10 A.M, the destination is far about 70km from Thai Binh so it takes nearly an hour and a half on the trip.

We are present at the first stop point: Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh. we put our motorbike in the bike park and continue to take a walk to the main gate. My first impression on the pagoda is the WC.  Its architecture is like a temple, very wide and modern. The pagoda is really huge and stunning, it cannot be explored in a day.

 

We decide to go to the tallest bronze statue first

And take some selfie photos here

People come here a lot to wish a lucky year and success

People said that if someone rubs their money to the statue, they will earn a lot of money in this year.

then we go to the temple with stone turtles. I do not know exactly the name

Touching the turtles’ head makes us more intelligent. (Hearsay)

After having lunch, we continue the journey by climbing to the highest pagoda, the ancient pagoda.

Due to some reasons, we just take photos outside the pagoda.

In front of the main pagoda.

Mrs. Lan, one of the people have the merit in building the Bai Dinh pagoda. Here is the ceremony to remember her.

The tower is quite high with about 17 floors. There are no windows to look outside, just only an entrance door. You have to buy a ticket if you wish to go inside.

Buy some souvenirs for family members.

We go back to the bike park after 3 hours staying here and continue our trip to the second stop point the ancient Trang An.

At 12:00 P.M,  We ride our bikes and go to the next destination.

 

A lot of young people come here to experience climbing the mountain and sitting on the boat for sightseeing.

We check-in at the entrance gate

And before climbing the mount

During also…

Challenge me by standing at the highest point

Three of us are venturous?

Is dancing flagpole?

After 2 hours staying at the second stop point, we move to the third one. However, everything is not good as we expected.  When we just arrive the gate, many people wave and call us to park the bike, though we know exactly there is a free parking inside the gate, we still spend 15k VND on this. We think that it’s Mua cave, just go inside and discover. Otherwise, we have to climb the mount again. Actually, we exhausted already. Moreover, The ticket is 100k VND, it’s also quite expensive for us. After checking in, we decide to give up the Mua Cave and take a trip to the ancient capital Hoa Lu.

Le Dai Hanh King temple is known as Le Hoan King

Dinh Tien Hoang King Temple is  known as Dinh Bo Linh King

We spend 20K VND buying the ticket for each person. I do not know why they just accept our tickets when going inside Dinh Tien Hoang King Temple, the other is completely free to enter.

And we go back home at 4:30 P.M. At that time, it’s raining already. we do not wear any raincoat to celebrate this day whether we catch a cold or not.

Go to Ninh Binh, I really impressed with the the majestic mountains that I do not see any in my hometown. Such a memorial day!

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Posted 23/02/2018 by HuynhICT in category "Memories

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