Bac Ninh Travel Guide

Bac Ninh

Bac Ninh is the homeland of temples and pagodas as well as festivals and folk rituals.If you want to escape from crowded and modern cities and find somewhere to relax and thinks about yourself, this will be your ideal destination.

The best time to visit

You can travel year around to Bac Ninh Province to enjoy the peaceful and beautiful of sightseeing.

How to get there

Bac Ninh is far from Hanoi about 35km, so you can get by public bus or private bus or motorbike. It's quite easy to get there.

Cultural & Spiritual Attractions

Dau Pagoda

Bac Ninh is not famous with the beautiful landscapes but also remarkable for  various cultural and historical sites. It is well known as a center of Buddhism with many big and ancient temples and pagodas reflecting the expertise of the Viet artisans.

  • But Thap Pagoda: a beautiful pagoda on the bank of Duong River, Bac Ninh Province was reconstructed in the 17th century by the monk Zhus Zhus and Queen Trinh Thi Ngoc Truc, a daughter of Lord Trinh Trang. In the Nei Kung Wai Kwo architectural style, But Thap Pagoda has the shape of the Chinese script Kung inside and the script Kwo outside
  • Dau Pagoda: is also known as Phap Van, Dieu Ung or Co Chau, is situated in Thanh Khuong commune, Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh province. The pagoda lies in the center of the prominent historical and cultural sites in northern Bac Ninh including the Luy Lau ancient citadel, Shi Nhiep temple, and a system of pagodas, temples, tombs, markets, roads, etc. – the evidence of Bac Ninh’s former period which dates back to tens of centuries before Christ
  • Dinh Bang Communal House: located in Dinh Bang village, Tien Son district, in Bac Ninh province, 20 km from Hanoi, is very famous in the north of the country and used as a place of worship for three tutelary spirits: Cao Son Dai Vuong, God of land, Thuy Ba Dai Vuong, God of water, and Bach Le Dai Vuong, God of harvest.
  • Duc La pagoda: known as Vinh Nghiem Tu (80km north of Hanoi).  The pagoda is situated in an area of rolling hills. In the background is the Co Tien mountain range and to the left is the batiks of the Luc river
  • Phat Tich Pagoda:  also called Van Phuc Pagoda, was built between the 7th and 10th centuries, and underwent several transformations throughout the years


There were about 300 annual festivals handled in Bac Ninh and attracting  millions of visitors from everywhere in the country, including Lim Festival, Do temple Festival, Phu Dong Festival, etc

Art Performances

Quan Ho Style

When you visit Bac Ninh, you have to mention to the Quan họ style- has traditionally been associated with the spring festivals that follow the celebration of Tet (Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in September 2009). 

Quan Ho-  a Vietnamese folk music style characterized both by its antiphonal nature, with alternating groups of female and male singers issuing musical challenges and responses, and by the fact that most of the songs in the repertoire deal with topics of love and sentimentality as experienced by young adults

Art Villages

Dong Ho Painting

Besides famous historical sites, Bac Ninh is quite famous with art villages preserved a thousand year. Coming here you can not only understand more about  how local people can make the best performances but also learn how to make it by yourself. It's really amazing experience.

  • Dong Ho Village engaged in making folk paintings
  • Thanh Tuong village for the ceremonial song-singing
  • Bui Xa, and Da Hoi, Dong Ky, Tam Lu and Tam Bao villages: The water puppetry

Let's take you bag and travel as soon as you can and in case you choose Vietnam as your dreamland, don't forget to check your Vietnam visa requirement first.

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