The Gate To Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is located in Ninh Binh provice, the land has both marvelous mountains and seas with the development of many attractive tourist areas. Hoa Lu ancient capital, perhaps, makes the province more attractive because it creates the cultural identity of the area and help people understand more about the cultural, architectural and sculptural values associated with the legend about the foundation of Dai Co Viet ( an old name of Viet Nam country).

This place is worth visiting for anyone who wants to explore and learn new things

Let us introduce you special things about Hoa Lu ancient citadel in NinhBinh

Hoa Lu ancient capital introduction


Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. It’s located in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district, NinhBinh Province, Vietnam. The area is approximately 90 km south of Hanoi. Together with Phat Diem Cathedral, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Temple, Trang An, and Cuc Phuong, Hoa Lu Imperial city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in NinhBinh Province.


Hoa Lu capital was chosen to be the first capital of Dai Co Vietduring the period of 3 dynasties of Kings Ding, Le and Ly. Since the King Ly Thai To moved it to Thang Long (Ha Noi today) Hoa Lu became an ancient capital which maintained many ancient temples and relic sites

Nowadays, Hoa Lu ancient capital became a very important architectural and historical complex of Viet Nam. It was recognized as one of the 4 cores forming of the UNESSCO World Heritage Site- Trang An.

What to visit in Hoa Lu ancient capital

Main tourist attraction for foreigners

King Dinh temple (worship the King Dinh Tien Hoang)

King Dinh Temple is one of the unique architectures in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, worshipping King Dinh Tien Hoang (King of Dai Co Viet Dynasty).

The unique architecture applied to build the temple of King Dinh was the art of wood and stone carving which was made by almost Vietnamese folk artists in the 17th century. The temple offers an ancient and sediment beauty and makes us feel how the city was a millennium ago.

King Dinh Temple

King Dinh temple lies at the foot of Ma Yen mountain, You have to climb up 265 steps getting to the top of the mountain to see King Dinh Temple. From there, you can take a panoramic view of Hoa Lu Imperial city

The temple is divided into three shrines: the outer one is Ngo Mon Gate, the middle is called Thien Huong and the inner one worships King Dinh Tien Hoang

Legend has it that Dinh Bo Linh (DinhTien Hoang’s first name) took his troop to clear away twelve independent feudal warlords

King Le temple

Festival in Dinh Le Temple

Not far from the temples of King Dinh is King Le Temple, worshiping King Le Dai Hanh. King Le temple lies at the foot of Ma Yen mountain to the south.

The temple has the similar architectural design with King Ding Temple, but smaller. It is also divided into 3 parts: front shrine, Thien Huong house and the sanctum worshipping Le King.

Both King Dinh and Le temple are symbols for Vietnamese people’s reverence and gratitude to the two kings who offered sacrifices in the 10th century

Ma Yen mountain

The height of Ma Yen mountain is about 200m. People called it Ma Yen, because it looks like a saddles.

This mountain is associated with the legend of Dinh Bo Linh who chose this mountainous region to build the capital.

When the king passed away, the people buried his body on top of the mountain. Also at the foot of Ma Yen mountain to the souththere is also the tomb of King Le Dai Hanh

If standing on the top of Ma Yen, you can see the panorama of ancient capital of Hoa Lu.

Nhat Tru pagoda

Nha TRu Pagoda in Ninh Binh

Nhat Tru Pagoda, also known as One Pillar Pagoda, is an ancient temple from the 10th century in the special preserved area of Hoa Lu ancient relic (Ninh Binh).The pagoda owns a national treasure of the stone pillar carved with Buddhist scriptures.

Nhat Tru Pagoda is the place of many unique festivals.

Nhat Tru Pagoda – One Pillar Pagoda

Hoa Lu ancient capital review on Tripadvisor

“Very interesting very beautiful. Must see! Although some of it is going under construction, it is an amazing place to visit” – Noa Ella

History alive:
“We were so fortunate to have a guide who is interested and knowledgeable about this attraction. The story is at the heart of the larger Vietnamese story. These are ‘hero’ temples and quite different from buddhist temples. What remains of these temples and the original capital of Vietnam is well preserved. Definitely worth a trip” – Kenneth S

Especially when you arrive in Ninh Binh to visit Hoa Lu ancient capital never miss your chance to take a stroll around for other famous attractions like Tam Coc – Bich Dong, You can read more from our Ninh Binh Tours to know more about the itinerary…

To enrich your knowledge and take a lookout of ancient architectures of Viet Nam dynasties, Hoa Lu ancient capital is definitely worth it to visit when you come to Ninh Binh.

From Hoa Lu Ancient Capital you can visit more palce in Ninh Binh such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong. To visit 1 more Pagoda and Explore Tam Coc Boat Tour. It will bring to you a differnt local experience when you travel to Ninh Binh

Also you must read more this article. It show you all travel guide from Transportation, Entrance Fee Ticket, what to eat near and around Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. That’s all useful information you need to know before you go. This is article on our website : Hoa Lu ancient Capital In Ninh Binh – A detailed Travel Guide 2018



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