Bich Dong Pagoda

Located in Ninh Binh province and lying just only 3 kilometers north of Tam Coc, the ancient Bich Dong Pagoda, an important pilgrimage site for the locals in the region, is considered as miniature northern Vietnam.
Built during the prosperous time of the Nguyen Dynasty, this traditional-style pagoda made from wood and stone consists of three separate layered pagodas, The Lower (Hạ) Pagoda is located at the base, from which 100 steps lead to the Middle (Trung) Pagoda, where there's a shorter but steep ascent to the Upper (Thượng) Pagoda. The name of the pagoda “Bich Dong” is originated from the mountain where it is located. Bich Dong means “Green Cave” or “Pearl Cave” featuring the miracle colors and unique shapes of the shining stalactites which attract many tourists coming here to touch and contemplate them.

Bich Dong Pagoda

The beauty of the ancient architecture and the surrounding natural scenery of mountains and caves make Bich Dong pagoda distinctive from other religious sites and become one of the most beautiful ancient pagodas in Vietnam. Standing on the ground of the highest pagoda, you can catch a miracle view of a valley of beautiful rice fields as well as enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside.

Visit Bich Dong Pagoda

From the Tam Coc boat pier, you can take a car or even walk to Bich Dong pagoda. The road connecting the two sites has an extremely charming beauty so riding a bike is also a good choice as you can make optional stops to admire the rice fields or take some selfies among nature to bring home. The other nearby sites that can be conveniently combined with the trip to Bich Dong Pagoda are Mua Cave, Trang An, and Hoa Lu ancient capital.