Hanoi bicycle tour : Biking to But Thap pagoda Bac Ninh province

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The one-day Hanoi bicycle tour takes you to the rural area of the northern Vietnam. The tour is provided with a support vehicle, mountain bikes, English-speaking tour guides and lunch. The support car will take you out of Hanoi busy town, to Bac Ninh province, in the northern Vietnam, about one hour drive. You start biking on the Duong dike and through local countryside villages. You will have the opportunity to meet up with friendly farmers during the ride.

Itinerary:

You will be met up at your hotel in Hanoi by Lotussia Travel team.

After briefing and a short warming up exercise, you will get on our support vehicle and leave Hanoi busy streets behind.

Start biking along the Duong riverside to But Thap pagoda. The name of the Duong River sounds intimately in the heart of every Vietnamese because of the charming and peaceful countryside the river meanders through. The numerous pagodas bordering the Duong River through history have added a major attraction to the Kinh Bac (northern) region.

You will cycle through small villages, corn fields before arriving at But Thap Pagoda in time for lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit the But Thap pagoda and get on our support vehicle again for the drive back to Hanoi. End trip.

The tour can be extended with another ride to either Dong Ho painting village or Dau pagoda. Biking from But Thap pagoda to Bat Trang ceramic village is also an good alternative option. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.

About But Thap pagoda:

But Thap Pagoda is located on the bank of Duong River in Dinh To commune, Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh, about 30km to the northeast of Hanoi. The pagoda was constructed in 13th century in the Tran Dynasty and rebuilt in the 17th cen tury in the Ly Dynasty.

This is one of the most well-known pagodas in the north of Vietnam and is known as the center of Buddhism. The pagoda has 10 buildings spreading for 100 meters from the three-entrance gate to the bell-tower and back house. But Thap is constructed according to the “Noi Cong Ngoai Quoc” architecture style with more than n100 compartments.

There are two 13-meter high towers: Ton Duc and Bao Nghiem which are made of white rock, making the pagoda higher and more majestic and peaceful.Some remains of the 17th century are kept in here such as the statues, valuable donations, Nine-Storey Lotus Tower, Tuyet Son statue, Bao Nghiem tower, and Xa Ly tomb. The last renovations of the structure were carried out in 1992.

Step in the pagoda, passing the three-entrance gate and an eight-roof bell tower, visitors will reach the main temple complex. Inside the temple are more than 50 statues of different sizes including the Triad Buddha, Manjusri (Van Thu) on a blue lion and Samantabhadra (Pho Hien) on a white elephant. The most remarkable is the thousand-handed and thousand-eyed Guanyin, which is described as a sculptural masterpiece of Vietnam.

But Thap Pagoda has been recognized as the national cultural historic relic, which makes it an important place for pilgrims and also a tourist attraction. From Hanoi, visitors can transfer to But Thap pagoda by road or by a boat trip along the Red River.

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