List of 10 famous sacred temples in Nam Dinh

Nam Dinh has many famous temples such as: Pho Minh Pagoda, Co Le Pagoda, Keo Pagoda, Thanh An Pagoda,… The pagodas in Nam Dinh bring many attractive experiences for tourists interested in culture. and religion.

The pagodas in Nam Dinh are ancient

1. Pho Minh Pagoda

  • Address: Tuc Mac village, Loc Vuong commune, City. Nam Dinh, Nam Dinh.

Pho Minh Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in the South, built in 1262 during the Ly Dynasty. The pagoda is located in Tuc Mac village, only about 5km from Nam Dinh city. The pagoda has an impressive tall tower, so it is also called Thap Pagoda.

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Pho Minh pagodaPhoto: @duaismyname

This pagoda tower in Nam Dinh has an architecture that makes everyone who sees it admire, inside there are many beautiful gold-plated Buddha statues. Up to now, the pagoda still retains the unique historical and artistic marks of the Tran Dynasty. If mentioning the temple grounds, it is impossible not to mention Pho Minh tower. This tower was built in 1305, has a height of nearly 20m and has 14 different floors.

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Pho Minh pagodaPhoto: @rcmoureux

2. Thanh An Pagoda (Ca Pagoda)

  • Address: No. 45 Han Thuyen Street, Vi Xuyen Ward, Nam Dinh City, Nam Dinh Province.

Thanh An Pagoda is one of the attractive destinations in Nam Dinh. This temple has majestic and very impressive architecture. Built during the Tran Dynasty, the pagoda was expanded in 1982. Thanh An Pagoda today is known as a learning facility for monks, nuns and Buddhists not only in Nam Dinh but also from other countries . everywhere. This place also preserves many ancient statues and valuable antiques.

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Thanh An pagodaPhoto: @Chan Thieng

3. Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda

  • Address: Hanh Thien village, Xuan Hong commune, Xuan Truong district, Nam Dinh.

Built and having existed for more than 400 years, this famous pagoda in Nam Dinh has witnessed many wars, bombs and historical events but still stands firm over time. Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda is an indispensable part of the Keo pagoda system, having a great influence on Thai Binh Keo Pagoda. 

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Keo Hanh Thien PagodaPhoto: @tranchi.huong.7

When you visit Keo Hanh Thien Pagoda, you will be impressed by its magnificent architecture and remaining vestiges from the 17th and 18th centuries. Especially for those who like festivals, don’t miss the festival season at the temple. This pagoda takes place from the 10th to the 16th of the 9th lunar month. This festival has many special rituals such as boat racing and palanquin procession. If you love culture and want to explore, remember to visit Keo Nam Dinh Pagoda .

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Keo Hanh Thien PagodaPhoto: @baophapluat

4. Co Le Pagoda

Nam Dinh Co Le Pagoda  or “Thanh Quang Tu” was built in the 12th century under the reign of Ly Than Ton, to honor Buddha and the Holy Patriarch Nguyen Minh Khong. Initially built of wood, but due to the impact of nature and time, this ancient temple has become seriously degraded. In 1902, First Master Pham Quang Tuyen was appointed abbot and he carried out the work of restoring and rebuilding the pagoda according to a new architectural model called “Nhat Thoc Lau”, to bring the pagoda back to its original appearance. legendary beauty.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Co Le PagodaPhoto: @katietran68

The pagoda’s structure follows the style of the word “Thien” in Confucianism, which means unifying rows of houses, lakes, bridges,… into a seamless and harmonious space. The most prominent is the 32m high Cuu Pham Lotus tower standing right at the temple gate, followed by: the Buddhist Assembly Hall with the Palace – Temple on both sides, the Mountain Bridge, two long corridors and the 29m high Main Palace. Used to worship Buddha and Holy Patriarch Nguyen Minh Khong with eucalyptus wood at the end .

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Co Le PagodaPhoto: @byy54

One of the precious treasures of this pagoda in Nam Dinh is the largest ancient bell in Vietnam – Dai Hong Chung. In 1936, Venerable Pham The Long, the abbot of the pagoda, ordered this bronze bell to be cast. With a height of 4m20, a diameter of 2m03 and a weight of 9 tons, it is placed in the middle of the lake in front of the Main Palace. The bell casting process is completely manual, requiring effort and meticulousness. The Co Le Pagoda Festival is held annually on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of the Holy Patriarch Nguyen Minh Khong in the middle of the 9th lunar month.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Co Le PagodaPhoto: @daniele_rossi_photography

5. Ho Son Pagoda 

  • Address: South of Ho Mountain slope, Ho Son village, Lien Minh commune, Vu Ban district, Nam Dinh. 

Ho Son Pagoda Nam Dinh was built more than 700 years ago. That is where Princess Huyen Tran established a temple to worship Buddha. After many upheavals in the country’s history, the pagoda was seriously degraded. In early 2021, the pagoda began reconstruction to preserve and promote the cultural values ​​of the Tran Dynasty.

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Ho Son PagodaPhoto: @njkjta.hdnd

This spiritual tourist destination in Nam Dinh is built on an area of ​​13 hectares, including 30 large and small project items. The worship area includes: Tam Bao, ancestral church, Mother Temple, Princess Huyen Tran Temple, Co and Cau pavilion, statue of the Eight Arhats, Tam Thap tomb mausoleum and stele house area. The pagoda and temple of Princess Huyen Tran have two gates, arranged symmetrically. 

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Ho Son PagodaPhoto: @phucbua2204

Enter the left gate, through a few dozen stone steps, you will see 2 rows of statues with 18 Arhats crafted according to the prototype at Tay Phuong Pagoda. Currently, Ho Son Pagoda still retains 54 ancient statues and worship objects, including many ancient books and precious antiques such as statues of two princesses and four conferments.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Ho Son PagodaPhoto: @cuckim180

6. Vong Cung Pagoda

  • Address: 28 Tran Phu, Ngo Quyen, City. Nam Dinh, Nam Dinh.

This is one of the large temples in Nam Dinh , with a campus area of ​​up to 3,000 square meters and built right in the city center. This pagoda was built during the reign of King Gia Long and has uniquely designed two-story buildings. Although the outside seems modern, when you explore more closely you will see typical architectural features of the 19th century such as: gilded lacquered couplets, match-stacked roofs and curved knife heads.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Vong Cung PagodaPhoto: @namdong_huu

7. Dai Bi Pagoda

  • Address: Nam Giang town, Nam Truc district, Nam Dinh province.

Dai Bi Pagoda was built during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong, although it has undergone many renovations, it still retains its ancient features. Coming to the temple for the first time, you will be surprised with its foreign internal architecture, more than 60 compartments made entirely of ironwood. Dai Bi Pagoda is considered a place to worship Bodhidharma. Besides, the pagoda also has a space to worship the Mother Goddess.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Dai Bi PagodaPhoto: @Chan Thieng

Ancient folk often told each other: “Twenty hits to Dai Bi Pagoda, a boy can marry a wife, a girl can marry a husband”, meaning that this pagoda not only worships Buddha but is also a place and a pagoda to pray for love in Vietnam. Dinh is famous. Dai Bi Pagoda Festival takes place from 20 to 23 of the first lunar month every year. Nam Dinh travel experience , this pagoda is also the location of the unique Vieng market at the beginning of the year, attracting a large number of people inside and outside the province to attend.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Dai Bi PagodaPhoto: @namtruc.namdinh

8. Luong Pagoda (Hundred Gian Pagoda)

  • Address: Hai Anh commune, Hai Hau district, Nam Dinh province.

The pagoda was built very early in the late 15th century, located north of Luong market, so people used to call it Luong pagoda. Initially, the pagoda was roofed with grass, then converted to tiles. Through many restorations, Luong Pagoda has been increasingly expanded and completed with 100 compartments and many works such as: three gates, upper palace, rear palace, front hall, 2 east – west corridors, ancestral house, bell tower, Guest house and semicircular lake in front of the temple. 

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Luong pagodaPhoto: @Xuan Tiep

This beautiful temple in Nam Dinh is currently quite large in scale with 100 compartments on a beautiful and spacious plot of land, built in traditional architectural styles from many different eras. However, the architectural style of the Nguyen Dynasty in the 17th and 18th centuries is most clearly shown. In front of the pagoda there is a clear blue lake thousands of hectares wide, like a mirror reflecting the silhouette of the three gates and the meteorite pillar. 

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Luong pagodaPhoto: @Nghi Tran

This combination with ancient trees enhances the overall beauty of the building. Luong Pagoda’s campus can be divided into two areas, the connection between them is very close. In addition, the sculpture art at Luong Pagoda is also very unique. Especially the banisters of the front hall are carved with images of dragons in many different positions such as: dragons holding pearls, dragons flanking the moon, flying dragons, rolling water dragons, dragons stroking beards, dragons with horses, birds and fish. frolic and bamboo flower long. In particular, the image of “tiger charm” seems majestic and beautiful. 

The pagoda festival takes place every year on March 14 (lunar calendar). The pagoda has also been recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information as a National Historical and Cultural Monument.

pagoda in Nam Dinh - Luong pagodaPhoto: @Tuan Anh Ngo

9. Dai Thanh Quan Pagoda

  • Address: De Tu village, Loc Ha commune, Nam Dinh suburb, Nam Dinh province.

In the past, the pagoda was built very large in the style of “Noi Cong Ngoai Quoc”, inside there are still antiques from the Tran, Le, and Nguyen dynasties. The new pagoda is currently led by Nun Thich Nu Minh Chieu. Although small, the Buddha’s shrine and the Great Saint’s shrine are extremely dignified. 

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Dai Thanh Quan PagodaPhoto: @blog.mytour

This place has also been recognized as a National Historical-Cultural Monument. The pagoda holds his main ceremony on August 28 every year (lunar calendar). When you have the opportunity to come to Nam Dinh, don’t miss visiting and enjoying Dai Thanh Quan Pagoda to feel the peaceful space. This helps dispel all stress, fatigue and worries in life, while discovering the cultural and traditional characteristics of this locality.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Dai Thanh Quan PagodaPhoto: @vanhoatamlinh

10. Linh Ung Pagoda

  • Address: Thinh Long town, Hai Hau district, Nam Dinh.

This famous pagoda in Nam Dinh  has an area of ​​more than 1 hectare, divided into 3 different areas: the middle worships Buddha, on the left is the ancestral church and on the right is the mother church . There are also other areas: the monks’ living area, 12 charity house rooms for the elderly and children, kitchen and dining areas,… all arranged very scientifically.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Linh Ung PagodaPhoto: @baibienthinhlong

Visiting this tourist destination in Hai Hau, in addition to admiring the unique Asian architecture or exploring relics, you also have the opportunity to participate in formal ceremonies. Just light an incense stick, turn your mind to Buddha and pray for peace and luck for yourself and your loved ones. If possible, please donate even a small amount to help difficult situations in the temple.

Pagoda in Nam Dinh - Linh Ung PagodaPhoto: @kmoahn_

Exploring and visiting temples in Nam Dinh helps you better understand the culture and architecture of famous spiritual places here. Not only that, the peaceful and peaceful space also helps you feel more relaxed, temporarily forgetting your troubles. 

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