Dinh King temple in Hoa Lu Tam Coc

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in Ninh Binh

Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital to admire charming natural landscapes, cultural-historical values, precious monuments, ancient land over 1000 years of history…

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital overview

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is one of the first capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, attracting a number of tourists from all over the world. Visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, you will have a chance to admire charming natural landscapes with cultural-historical values of precious monuments in this ancient land. Hoa Lu ancient capital is a national heritage complex of great importance and also is one of 4 noticeable, important places of Trang An international heritage complex. It has total area of 13.87 square kilometers and has existed for over 1000 years ; it is also a place storing historical monuments for many years.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Tam Coc Bich Dong
Main entrance Hoa Lu

Places to visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital has many palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions that were built by different dynasties. Despite going through many centuries, Hoa Lu has been home to many beautiful sites to visit. Visiting here, you will have a chance to understand more about the history of Vietnam and can join many traditional cultural festivals. The ancient capital is a magnificent and majestic palace which is surrounded by rocky mountain, spectacular scenery and numerous calm lakes, which makes a Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape.

Dinh King Temple

On the way to King Dinh Temple, you will see Ma Yen Mountain which looks like a saddle. You have to climb up 265 steps getting to the top of the mountain to see King Dinh Temple.
King Dinh Temple is one of the unique architectures in Hoa Lu , worshipping King Dinh Tien Hoang (King of Dai Co Viet Dynasty). Over the centuries, the temple has remained its stunning architectural works. It was built of grey stone and situated on the mountaintop. From here, you can also admire panoramic views of Hoa Lu.

Dinh King Temple, Tam Coc Hang Mua Caves Tour
Dinh King Temple in Tam Coc Tour

Le King Temple

King le Temple is located 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 worshiping Le King.

Le King Temple In Ninh Binh
Le King Temple In Ninh Binh

One Pillar Pagoda in Ninh Binh

One Pillar Pagoda in Ninh Binh is an ancient pagoda from the 10th century, which is located in the Hoa Lu Complex. The pagoda also preserves many antiquities attached with the history of the ancient capital, especially the stone scripture pillar in front of the pagoda. The pillar was made of stone, has an octagonal body functioning as a prayer book and a stone lotus on the top. Today, Nhat Tru Pagoda is still a spiritual place of the locals and tourists. On January 15 annually, a worship ceremony is taken place to pray for the peace of the nation.

one pillar pagoda in Ninh Binh
One pillar pagoda in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc Bich Dong

Tam Coc Bich Dong means Three Grottos – Green Pearl Grotto. From Hoa Lu, you can take a short distance to Tam Coc Bich Dong, a harmonious architectural ensemble attracting tourists all over the world. Tourists to Tam Coc Bich Dong will actually feel the stretching mountain views, stunning caves, and charming waterways of the rice paddies along the beautiful Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc Bich Dong is beautiful around 4 seasons, each season has a unique beauty. Summer is considered the most beautiful season of the year with clouds and the green rice fields starting to turn into a sparkling yellow. Tam Coc Bich Dong has become “a terrestrial Halong Bay” and a fascinating and attractive destination in Ninh Binh.

Bich Dong Pagoda Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Day Tour
Bich Dong Pagoda in Ninh Binh

Festival in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Festival, the national cultural heritage in the northern Ninh Binh, is taken place on April 5, or the 9th day of the third lunar month of the year and lasts 3 days. During the festival, there will be many other cultural and sports activities, including a requiem, a temple gate-opening ceremony, and displays of colored lanterns and flower garlands, and performance of folk games. It will be an interesting experience for you if you travel to Hoa Lu this time.

Hoa-Lu-Ancient-Capital-Festival
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Festival

How to get to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

How to get to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh by Bus

You can take a bus to Ninh Binh from stations in Hanoi (it can be Giap Bat Station of My Dinh Station). There will be a bus to go to Ninh Binh every 30 minutes from 05.00 AM to 11.00 PM every day. It will take you about 2 hours to get to Hoa Lu. You must pay for your ticket from 70,000VND to 100,000VND per person.

How to get to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh by car or motorbike from Hanoi

you will go to Giai Phong St., and turn to Phap Van – Cau Gie Highway, the moving to Ninh Binh Province. It will take you 90 minutes to get to Hoa Lu.

How to get to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh By train

You will go to Giap Bat Railway Station to take a train to Ninh Binh Railway Station. After that, you have to take a taxi to go to Hoa Lu.

Check our Ninh Binh Tours for more details of all day trip to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, Daily Departure pick-up from your hotel in Hanoi.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital entrance fee


The entrance fee is 20.000 VND (it costs less than US$1) per visitor.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital opening hours


Hoa Lu capital opens from 7.00 to 16:00.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Dress code


Before, There is no specific dress code but you should dress politely since Hoa Lu is a spiritual tourist destination.
But now, you have to cover your knee and shoulders, too short are not accepted, but you can borrow a scarf provides by temple administrator.

Hoa lu ancient capital Parking cost


In 2019 is 10-20.000 VND for motorbike and 50.000 for car,van. It is in front of main entrance.

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