Bai Dinh in its former glory
The old Bai Dinh Pagoda sits on a 200m high mountain, which has been recognized
as a cultural and historical heritage site of Vietnam. The new Bai Dinh Pagoda covers about 700 hectares, near the site of
the old one.
Tourists often visit the pagoda area during their sight-seeing tour. Every year,
the Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival kicks off on the sixth day of the first lunar
month, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.
On the way to the old pagoda site, pilgrims have to climb stone steps to small
ancient places of worship to pray for good luck and enjoy traditional ceremonial
singing performed by local artists.
Through the gate into the new Bai Dinh Pagoda area, visitors will see 500 Arhat
statues, each 2.4 m high and weighing about 4 tonnes, standing or sitting on