Bac Ninh Overview
Bac Ninh is a province, located in the Red River Delta of the northern region of Vietnam. It is situated to the east of Hanoi capital, and borders with Hanoi capital, Bac Giang province, Hai Duong province, Hung Yen province and Vinh Phuc province. The province is rich in culture and history, and is well-known for Quan Ho folk music.
Bac Ninh land has a lot of engaging things that captivate every traveler at the first sight. With a strong cultural characteristic, beautiful and endless sceneries and gentle and warm people, Bac Ninh is the destination that you can't miss!
In the past, Bac Ninh used to be an ancient business center of Vietnam from the 2nd to 10th century. The province is the home of Buddhism, which penetrates into this land so early, and bloomed in the Ly Dynasty. Therefore, when traveling to Bac Ninh, travelers will be impressed by old pagodas and temples which reflect its cultural architecture style and characters of Buddhism. Some famous pagoda to be named in Bac Ninh such as But Thap Pagoda, Dau Pagoda, Phat Tich Pagoda, Keo Pagoda, Do Temple, etc. Such pagodas are part of the precious tangible cultural value of the province which has been preserved through many generations.
Besides the tangible cultural values mentioned above, Bac Ninh also possesses intangible values which are featured by the traditional festivals. Most festivals of the temples and pagodas in the province take place in spring season. Hence, after the Lunar New Year, Bac Ninh is a favorable destination for travelers from all over the country and foreigners. Especially, for foreign travelers, Bac Ninh is famous for being the cradle of Vietnam’s traditional folk song - "Quan Ho". “Quan Ho” was conceded as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 2009. This kind of art is annually performed at Lim Festival which is often celebrated on 13th of the first lunar month. For foreign travelers, the experience of joining this festival, listening to “Quan Ho” songs will be an unforgettable feeling.
Bac Ninh is also well known for its traditional handicraft villages such as Dong Ho Paint, Dong Ky Wood, Dai Bai Bronze, and Phu Lang Pottery. Travelers can drop by and join in the daily life of the villagers. Especially, you can try making some products by yourselves and take them as small gifts for your beloved ones.