The Bich Dong pagoda in Ninh Binh is just a small temple against a mountain, but got very popular by photos on Instagram with the bridge at the entrance. Even though it received more fame, it is still relatively a quiet spot to visit.
About Bich Dong Pagoda
You can find the Bich Dong pagoda in the mountains of Truong Yen, not far from Tam Coc. It was built around around 600 years ago, under the rule of Le Thai To. The place exist out of a gate with a bridge and three small pagodas. The three pagodas are situated on three different levels and for that reason got the matching names Low Pagoda (Ha Pagoda), Middle Pagoda (Trung Pagoda) and Top Pagoda (Thuong Pagoda).
Walking over the bridge through the beautiful gate brings you to the first pagoda on ground level. It has 5 rooms with large wooden and stone pillars. Inside you will find a Buddha statue.
From the pagoda and ground level you have to walk up 120 stone steps to reach the Middle Pagoda. This Pagoda is built inside a dark cave. You can walk inside the cave to see the back of the pagoda and continue the trail up.
If you walk all the way through the cave and taking the stairs up, bringing you to the last relic, the Top Pagoda, on top of the mountain. There are two shrines on both sides of the pagoda and a water tank names Cam Lo water tank of Bodhisattva.
Visiting Bich Dong Pagoda
There is no ticket booth, so you can visit the pagoda at any time. Though it is recommended to visit early morning or late afternoon.
There is no entrance fee, but there are parking fees for bicycle (5,000 VND) and motorbike/scooter (10,000 VND).
How to get there
Bich Dong pagoda is located close to Tam Coc, around 2 km. You can easily get her by bike, car or motorbike.
Other things to do around Bich Dong Pagoda
Bich Dong Pagoda is less than 2 km from the Tam Coc boat tour, 5 km from Thung Nham Bird Park and 8 km from Mua Cave. You can rent a bicycle to bike between these places. If you go by car with driver, taxi or motorbike you can explore other parts of Ninh Binh easily, including Van Long Nature Reserve and Trang An.