Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital of Vietnam is an important National relic complex. It's one of the four core areas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

How to Hoa Lu Ancient capital is unique?

The relic system in Hoa Lu is related to the history of three dynasties. There are, Dinh, Le, Anh Ly dynasties. Hoa Lu is the first capital of the feudalism state of centralized power in Vietnam with historical landmarks. The capital of Vietnam hold here from 898 to 1010. Under King Ly Thai To moved the capital to Thang Long (Formed name of Hanoi). So the Hoa Lu became the ancient capital of Vietnam.

What to see in Hoa Lu Ancient capital?

Dinh Tien Hoang temple

Dinh Tien Hoang temple

Temple of Dinh Tien Hoang is an important relic belonging to the special protection area of Hoa Lu Capital. The temple is located in Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh. The location of the temple in the center of the East of the old capital Hoa Lu.

This is the only temple in Vietnam where worshiped King Dinh Tien Hoang, his parents and sons.

King Dinh Temple together with King Le Temple was ranked "Top 100 famous works, 100 years old in Vietnam". Like other relics belonging to Hoa Lu ancient capital, King Dinh temple is located inside the World Heritage site Trang An. It's recognized by UNESCO in 2014.

King Dinh Temple was built in the style "Noi Cong Ngoai Quoc". It's mean inside the letter "I" and outside the letter square. Visitor come here also see 2 beautiful stone beds, Call Dragon stone bed. Where you can see dragon bed in the temple in Vietnam? No where. Just only at Dinh Tien Hoang Temple and Le Dai Hanh temple. Because the Dragon symbol only for emperor. In front of the temple is Mount Ma Yen with the shape of a saddle, on the mountain is the tomb of King Dinh Tien Hoang. King Dinh Temple was built on the ancient palace of Hoa Lu.

Le Dai Hanh temple

Le Dai Hanh temple

King Le Dai Hanh Temple is a national historical and cultural relic belonging to the ancient relic of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province. King Le Dai Hanh, Duong Van Nga queen, Le Long Dinh. Beside that also worshiped princess Le Thi Phat Ngan and General Pham Cu Luong. The temple is 300 meters from the Temple of Dinh Tien Hoang, in the old imperial city of Hoa Lu, now the ancient village of Yen Thanh, Truong Yen, Ninh Binh. The temple of King Le is smaller than King Dinh Temple so the space in the temple is quite close and fanciful.

How to get to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital?

From Hanoi:

  • Travel with Car/Taxi 1 hour and 30minutes ~ 100km
  • Buy bus/motorbike more than 2 hours
  • Buy train (Hanoi - Ninh Binh) then from Ninh Binh you can go here by taxi or motorbike

What can do here?

  • Biking around rural villages
  • Visit local family to know authentic of Vietnamese people daily life

Quick tips:

  • If do biking and visit family in this area. The visitor should book private tour Ninh Binh in advance
  • Best time to visit (from Sept to April)

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