Dich Long CaveNinh Binh, Vietnam
Dich Long cave is located in Gia Thanh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh province, north Vietnam. We at Lotussia provide a day trip to Dich Long cave from Hanoi. Dich Long tour can be extended with the add of cycling or/and scooter touring activities.
Dich Long cave is located in Gia Thanh, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, north Vietnam. We at Lotussia provide a day trip to Dich Long cave from Hanoi. Dich Long tour can be extended with the add of cycling or/and scooter touring activities.
Indeed, this is the complex of pagoda and cave. There are pagodas and communal houses with special architecture, which has been kept for thousands of years. The temple of Ly Quoc Su (Buddhist priest and medicine man in Tran dynasty), semicircular pond, five three-floor towers and three lower apartments. The statue of Tam The Phat (Buddha of past, present and future) which are gold inlaid and gifted by Thieu Tri king. The statues of Avalokiteśvara and Amitābha which are sculptured from the whole block of green marble.
The magnificent grotto is about 105 stone staircases from the main pagoda. It is separated into three rounds, which are so called grotto to honor Buddha, dark grotto, and light grotto. The whole pathway inside the grotto is built into staircases creating the grandiose and magical spirals. There are many stalactites being made by nature into the shapes of powerful creatures such as dragon, lion, kneeling elephants, etc. The length from the hollowest parts of the cave to “the heaven gate” is about 50m.
The special part about stalactites is that they are changed according to the light. Sometimes they are yellow, sometimes red, which are magical and if people strike on these stalactites, there will be resounds all around the cave. Inside the dark grotto, lighting a fragrant incense stick would let people be at ease like they are out of the earthly life.
In the foot of the grotto, there is a garden named Thanh Dao who is said to be considered the prince – the son of Thinh Phan king and Ma Gia queen. Sire Dan was born in the middle of April in 624 in Lam Ty Ni garden. When he was grown up, he left all the palaces and throne to come to find the ease at mind and the way to save people from sorrow. After six years of tough religious life and 49 days of mediating under the tree of Bodhi, he was enlighten to be Sakyamuni Buddha, and the followers of him were lots with the representative of 10 followers who were the head of the monk groups.