The fifth Traditional Craft Festival will be held in central Hue city from April 27 to May 1, aiming at promoting the development of traditional crafts and craft villages as well as the tourism industry.
Bai Dinh Pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh is famous for its great size and beautiful architecture, and also well-known for its record number of huge Buddha statues.
Located in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, Bai Dinh pagoda was built to
commemorate King Ly Thai To who moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long.
As a tourist attraction, Bai Dinh pagoda is endowed with both scenic beauty and
historical value. It is considered the largest complex of Buddhist pagodas
Vietnam, which are either old or new.
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.
Bai Dinh at present
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
The Bai Dinh Pagoda complex boasts having the biggest bronze Buddha statue in
Southeast Asia, about 100 tonnes in weight, and three 50-tonne Buddha statues
and two huge bronze bells.
Biggest bronze Buddha statue
From Bai Dinh, tourists can go by boat to the nearby Trang An
tourist site in Hoa Lu district. Along with the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, Tam
Coc-Bich Dong caves and Phat Diem stone church are all on the to-see list.