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Bich Dong Pagoda

In 1773, Mr. Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great writer Nguyen Du) visited Bich Dong pagoda – cave. After viewing the whole scenery of the mountains, waterways, fields, and sky covered in green mist, he gave the cave a very beautiful and romantic name, Bich Dong (which literally means “Green Pearl Grotto”).

Bich Dong pagoda - Ninh Binh
@ Bich Dong pagoda – Ninh Binh

Bich Grotto has been said that  the second most beautiful cave in Vietnam.

What’s Bich Dong pagoda

Bich Dong pagoda is on the short drive to the South of Tam Coc, it was built on the Truong Yen limestone mountains range, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. Bich Dong pagoda includes three palaces on three levels: Lower, Middle and Upper pagoda.

Gate of Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh
@ Gate of Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh

The Low pagoda has five compartments built on the ground at the foot of mountain.

Bich Dong structure

From the Low pagoda up to 120 steps is the impressive Middle pagoda with a half of it was carved into mountain including three compartments.

Mid part of Bich Dong pagoda
@ Mid part of Bich Dong pagoda

Up to 40 steps is the High pagoda located on the highest point nearby the top of The Bich Dong mountain. From here you can have the wonderful perspective view of the Bich Dong pagoda.

Some Images of pagoda

Related tour to Bich Dong

  1. Tam Coc – Bich Dong day trip

  2. Ninh Binh Tours