Dich Long Cave and Pagoda


Dich Long Cave and Pagoda is located in Gia Thanh Hamlet, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Province, near the National Highway 1A. The name Dich Long means the flute’s sound.

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Dich Long cave

It’s also called Hang Pagoda, Nham Son Cave or Do Am Pagoda. Its legendary that the cave was found out in 1739 by a woodcutter. He created an altar after sawing stalactites that look like buddha inside the cave. In 1740, the Pagoda was established.
Tourist coming to Dich Long will be surprised by a large number of unique architectures: temple for worshipping Ly Quoc Su, crescent lake, 5 three-storey tower and 3 lower temple.Especially, there are 3 statues of Buddha which have historical value.
From the main pagoda, continued to climb 105 stone steps will add to the cave divided into 3 area: the Budhha-worshipping cave, the Dark cave and the Light cave. Many stalactites that look like the sacred animals changing in light such as dragons, elephants,… have strongly impressed visitors coming here.
Dich Long cave via Mytour

Today, the relic is a place for cultural and religious activities and wonderful festivals full of national identity. Dich Long Cave and Pagoda was recognized as national historical-cutulral relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism now) in 1990.

Dich Long Pagoda

There is a very famous pagoda in Gia Thanh – Gia Vien – Ninh Binh province (considered to be the 3 most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam) that is Dich Long pagoda. It’s legendary that the cave was found out in 1739 with many stalitiles and stalimites especially buddha-like one and it is worshipped since.

In 1740, the grotto was dedicated to Buddhism.

The pagoda is the grotto, as large as a house with 10 compartments, there are statutes like arhant, guardian spirit… or the stone tables or the stone door inscribed with 6 characters “Nham Son Dong, Co Am Tu” (co Am pagoda, Nham Son grotto) visitors and pilgrims have to climb up to 105 stone-steps to the pagoda. This is naturally made pagoda. In the pagoda, there is a big bell, 1m high and 1 tori in weight due to high location, abound in stalactites and stalac, when the wind blows in, there echoes with sounds like flutes, the grotto itself is a colosal flute made of stone by nature, echoeing for ages now – so is grotto named, when we strike lightly against the stalic, there are sounds like from the drums, and the bell. That’s the musical band given by nature.

Dich Long Pagoda via Bayo.vn

Interesting is it that, once we are here, not only we come to pray for goodness, but we, are lost among imaginative elephants, water jars, crouching tigers, dancing pea -cocks, overwhelming dragons each stone wall is a picture of art, carved by nature, even we can find a well here with very clean water, a way up to the heav- ens and away down to the hell.

The whole grotto is a nice scope, a good combination of yin and yang of light and darkness, of music of poem, of the fairyland and worldly life.

Dich Long pagoda is a destination to come.

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