Bich Dong pagoda is one of the most attractive landmark in Ninh Binh. It is also known as the second beautiful cave of the Southern, after Huong Tich cave in Ha Tay.
Bich Dong pagoda is located on Truong Yen mountains, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. The pagoda was built in the style of “三” which is meaning “three” in Chinese word. It includes 3 separate pagodas: Bottom pagoda, Middle pagoda and Top pagoda, leaning on the mountain from the bottom to the top. The Bottom pagoda have 5 rooms with huge wooden and stone pillars. The pagoda worships Buddha and 3 masters: Chi Kien, Chi The, Chi Tam, who had set up and built Bich Dong Pagoda. The two statues outside are Nam Tao – Bac Dau, who manage birth and death book. There is a big stone stele to remember the name of the contributors of building Bich Dong Pagoda.
Bich Dong Pagoda
From Bottom pagoda, you must go up stair 120 steps to reach Middle pagoda and the way to Dark Cave. There is an ancient bell placed in front of the cave with delicate carvings. Tourists also often visit “Giai Oan” bridge, which means clear someone faults to rest their mind.
Bich Dong Pagoda
The Top pagoda is on the top of the mountain, worships Bodhisattva. Seeing from Top pagoda, there are 5 mountains adoration of Bich Dong Pagoda, which looks like 5 lotus petals of Bodhisattva, including: Tam Sang, Gia Dinh, Con Lon, Dau Cau and Hang Dua mountain. Top pagoda has 2 shrines on either side: Tho Dia shrine on the right and Duc Son Than is worshiped on the left. Next to the pagoda is a water tank called: “Cam Lo water tank” of Bodhisattva.
Bich Dong pagoda is famous for not only its beautiful and charming scenery, but also being a place historical relics of Ninh Binh province. If you have a chance to visit Ninh Binh province, you should have Bich Dong Pagoda in your tour list.