Remote Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, Vietnam Published on: 21-04-2017
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Why Hoa Lu is special ?
Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Together with Phat Diem Cathedral, Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Temple, Trang An, and Cuc Phuong, Hoa Lu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ninh Bình Province. The mountains and sea combined to make Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape. Hoa Lu lays in a flat valley surrounded by the Trang An lime stone mountains, which form a natural wall protecting the old citadel. The city’s northwest is bordered by the Hoang Long River, the tributaries of which run through the capital, cooling the weather within the city and serving as convenient waterways.
What to explore at Hoa Lu?
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the tourist destination which will bring you to a few imperial capitals of the country in the ancient and medieval eras. Visiting Hoa Lu, you will not only have a fun and exciting time, but can learn more about culture and history as well. Coming to Hoa Lu visitors can attend traditional cultural festivals here, and the most important and largest of them is the Truong Yen Festival, which is held on the 10th day of the third lunar month. The festival is in memory of the Kings of the Dinh and Le dynasties. The festival lasts for three days with many traditional games and martial arts, reflecting local residents’ legends.
How to get to Hoa Lu?
You can easily get a day tour from Hanoi to visit Hoa Lu from most travel agents in Hanoi. Such a tour usually includes a boat ride at Tam Coc as well. The tour begins in the morning and ends at the early part of the afternoon. Hoa Lu is about 110km from Hanoi, and takes 2 hours to reach.
- Very interesting and beautiful
- Peaceful atmosphere, nice surrounding view
- Very interesting story behind the dynasty
- Ancient Vietnamese history
- Well preserved temples and statues
Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
We spent about an hour here and it was great! We immediately bought $1 conical hats as it was VERY hot and they keep the sun off very well. The temples were amazing and it was great to learn about Vietnamese history. We also had photos with some fancy buffalos. The walk up to the pagoda is well worth the many many steps as the view on the way up and at the top is stunning!