Thursday, November 26, 2015

The ancient capital at Hoa Lư

"After breakfast we proceed to Ninh Binh province toward the south of Hanoi to visit Dinh and Le dynasty temples whih were built on the site of the Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, then transfer to TamCoc  Town and enjoy lunch" according to our itinerary.

"Our stop-over in Ninh Binh should be Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam from 968 until 1010
 Hoa Lu is some 110km or two hours from Hanoi. Located near the town of Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom"

 From the bus we could Hanoi locals going to work on their motorbikes.
 We also passed ponds full of ducks!!!

and also rustic scenes like this
 Our toilet break!!! hehe everywhere we take photos!!!
 nice cafe for Breakfast and our toilet break!!!
 goats on the mountain, nimble and sure-footed
you can see how high and precariously perched the goat is!
 we have reached the ancient citadel!!!

 Gateway to King Đinh Tiên Hoàng Temple 
  King Đinh Temple 
 The temple of Lê Đại Hành at Hoa Lư

 This temple is still in existence since 938 and holds many artefacts from the 10th and 11th centuries!!
 One of the most prominent original features of the architecture is the stone pillar in the temple courtyard
 You can see how old the structure is...centuries old!!!
Hoa Lu Citadel is the only thing left of Vietnam's former capital Hoa Lu, founded in 968.
 . Arriving in the beautiful mountainous landscape, you walk 300m to the temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasty. They are situated in very beautifully designed parks

 These aunties are very funny..they are busy taking selfies when they are supposed to face the photographer (my husband) who is pointing at them with the camera across the lake.

then at the other side of the lake everybody is ready except those two on the far end!! hahaha!!
We are now going to climb some steps to reach 2 more temples, But first thse aunties clown around for the camera!!

 Dinh Tien Hoang Temple and Le Hoan Temple, dedicated to
 the founder of the Dinh Dynasty and to its 

successor, reachable after a climb of more then 200 steps.

Not only do we have to climb the steps, we also had to squeeze through tiny entrances.
  Dinh Tien Hoang awesome!!!  After the climb the view was worth every step!!

 The mountains and sea combined to make Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape. 

 The surrounding to be quite picturesque, with its ponds and

 limestone range forming a jagged horizon.

Soon we had to descend and leave history behind.
Bye Hao Lu in Ninh Binh we are now going for lunch at Tam Coc Town then to a boat ride on Halong By Land!
The temples were amazing and it was great to learn about Vietnamese history. We also had photos with some fancy buffalos. The walk up to the pagoda is well worth the many many steps as the view on the way up and at the top is stunning!

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