Thai Vi Temple is located quietly in the middle of thousands of places in the majestic ancient capital.Although not as famous as Trang An, Mua Cave, Tam Coc – Bich Dong,… But Thai Vi temple still welcomes a large number of visitors because of its ancientness and historical story of the Tran Dynasty. Let Local Tours Halong to explore Thai Vi Temple.
Brief information about Thai Vi temple:
Thai Vi Temple is located in Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province with a spacious and airy space, which is both a historical and cultural heritage area and a famous place attracting foreign tourists. This place belongs to the tourist complex of Tam Coc – Bich Dong, attracting millions of tourists every year.
The temple mainly worships the early kings of the Tran Dynasty such as Tran Thai Tong, Tran Nhan Tong, Tran Thanh Tong, and Tran Nhan Tong, along with generals such as Tran Hung Dao, Tran Quang Khai and Queen Thuan Thien. These are all people who have contributed to the establishment of Vu Lam Palace, an important base in the resistance war against the Mongol – Nguyen army.
Every year, when the New Year comes to spring or the Thai Vi temple festival is held, the people of the four directions gather to experience activities and festivals that are both dignified, entertaining and fun.
Unique features at Thai Vi Temple:
Downstream Tam Coc – Bich Dong from Dinh Cac wharf
There are 2 ways to enter Thai Vi temple, you can go by road through Van Lam wharf and then turn into the road parallel to Ngo Dong river to enter the temple or you can take a boat downstream to Tam Coc. However, the entrance by waterway will be more unique. You will immerse yourself in the vast, vast space of nature, heaven and earth here.
Classical and unique architectural space
The temple is located in the middle of the natural landscape like a painting, the temple is built with a very unique structure. The pillars inside and outside the temple are made entirely of blue stone, and are carved as delicately and meticulously as on wood. In front of the temple is a jade well also made of stone, the water here is blue all year round. Behind the temple is the majestic Cam Son mountain range. In the temple, there are many valuable ancient statues, steles and bells. Stone stele engraved with names of people who have made meritorious services to visit and build temples.
When entering the temple, you will admire the main road and the large dragon yard, which is covered with green stone. On either side are two rows of Vong house – where the old people used to sacrifice in the past. Thai Vi Temple also has the Five Great Gates with extremely sophisticated carvings. The outside of the stone column is carved with prominent Chinese characters around the elaborately carved two dragons worshiping the moon.
Stepping up from the dragon yard to a height of 1.2m, you will see 6 parallel stone columns, carved embossed dragon king adoring in the front. The outside of the stone pillars and the eaves are intricately carved.
Although the stone pillars in the temple are carved, the stoneworkers have breathed soul into each pillar to help us see it as soulful and artistic. Whether it’s sculpting couplets or expressing gratitude to people with meritorious services, they all have your very own soul. In the royal palace, there will be statues worshiping the Tran kings, if in the middle is King Tran Thanh Tong, on the left is King Tran Thai Tong, on the right is the statue of Hien Tu Hoang Thai Queen. The statues are meticulously carved and sharp on their faces, just like the portraits of kings.
Visit Thai Vi Temple Festival – Annual National Ceremony in Ninh Binh
Every 3 years in the years of the Tiger, the Horse, the Rabbit, the Rooster, at Thai Vi Temple, there will be a huge festival on the 3rd day of the 14th, 15th and 16th of the third lunar month. Because according to the old concept, the people of Tam Coc said that on March 15, after winning against the Nguyen – Mong army, the king went to Thien Truong, Ninh Binh to pay respects to his ancestors and celebrate the victory. On these days, the festival is also held here to celebrate the victory of the king and to remember those who have sacrificed heroically for the nation.
After completing the sacrifices at Dinh Cac, the villages will one after another go to Thai Vi temple to sacrifice to the Tran kings. After the sacrifice, there will be Cong Ca with a person playing a zither, a woman wearing a red and blue ao dai singing a song praising the merits of the Tran kings.
Besides, there are many special traditional festivals here in this ancient capital.
Thai Vi Temple is definitely an important destination and extremely worthy of your effort and time when visiting here. This place is not only famous for its charming mountain scenery like a watercolor painting, but also attracts visitors by its time-colored works and special festivals. Come to Ninh Binh, don’t miss Thai Vi Temple!
Ideal time to visit Thai Vi Temple:
You can visit Thai Vi Temple at any time of the year, but the most ideal time is spring (February to March) – the season of festivals here. Coming here, you will experience traditional cultural activities in the ancient capital.
How to get to Thai Vi Temple from Hanoi?
- Train: Option to take the train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is an interesting option you can take the train from Hanoi station to Ninh Binh station. Then take a motorbike or taxi to Thai VI Temple.
- Limousine: Pick up and drop off you at Hanoi Old Quater and give you better exprience.
- Bus: you can take a bus from Giap Bat / Nuoc Ngam / My Dinh station to Kim Son bus station in Ninh Binh then take a motorbike or taxi to Thai Vi temple.
- Motorbike or personal car: if you go in a small group, this is the optimal choice for you. From Hanoi, follow Highway 1A, follow the signs to Tam Coc, go through Van Lam wharf, go parallel to Ngo Dong river, you will reach Thai Vi temple.