05/11/2008 11:38
Pagoda with the largest number of Vietnam records
At present, Bai Dinh pagoda in Ninh Binh province is considered as the largest and most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam. It covers an area of 107 ha and has the biggest copper Buddha statue in the Southeast Asia, weighting 100 tons.

It has three 50-ton statues, two 36 and 27-ton bells and 500 arhat statues.
The pagoda is rushing to complete the first stage by May 17th to prepare activities for the 2008 United Nations Buddhist festival in Vietnam.
About 100 km from Hanoi, the pagoda is being built on a hill in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, near Hoang Long river and Trang An tourist site.
Skillful workers in Ninh Van stone sculpture in the province have finished 200 arhat statues. The rest will be complete by the end of 2008.
During the 2008 United Nations Buddhist festival, about 3,500 representatives from over 80 countries and territories will contemplate the biggest Buddhist work in Vietnam, said Bui Luyen, a National Assembly deputy from Ninh Binh province.
Since the beginning of this year, many visitors have already come to the pagoda.
The pagoda is scheduled to be completed by 2010 to mark 1000 years when King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long.
According to the plan of Ninh Binh provincial Tourism Developments, from Bai Dinh pagoda, tourist can travel by boat to 50 Trang An caves newly discovered in Hoa Lu district.
Together with Hoa Lu ancient capital, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Phat Diem stone church, the pagoda in Trang An tourist site is expected to attract a lot of tourists.

Source: ND/CPV

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