ROUTE 1: THE CENTER OF HA LONG CITY


 

- Duration: about 6 - 8 hours (travel by coachor electric car).
- Destinations of the route: Bai Tho Mountain Cultural Center, Long Tien pagoda, Tran Quoc Nghien temple, Ancient poems on the wall of Bai Tho mountain, Hon Gai Catholic church, Ha Long flower park, 30/10 Square, Quang Ninh museum, Quang Ninh library, Ha Long I market, Vincom Ha Long Commercial Center.
- Itinerary: First, you will visit some famous temples, pagodas and cultural relics of Ha Long city such as:  Long Tien pagoda, Tran Quoc Nghien temple,Bai Tho Mountain Cultural Center, Hon Gai Catholic churchand study the historical and cultural values of ancient poems on the wall of Bai Tho mountain. Next, you will visit some modern places of amusement, culture and sports ofHa Long city: Ha Long flower park, 30/10 Square, Quang Ninh museum, Quang Ninh library. The final destination of this itineraryis Ha Long I market. You can come here to visit or select souvenirs, fresh seafood, famous dishes as gifts for your family or friends.
Long Tien pagoda:is a famous historical relic and landmark of Bai Tho mountain historical and cultural relic complex,which was ranked as a National Monument by Ministry of Culture and Information on August 31, 1992.The pagoda has a favorable condition in the center of Ha Long city and it is a spiritual destination attracting a number of tourists every year. Long Tien pagoda was built in 1941. It is the biggest pagoda in Ha Long city. It has the unique architectural feature with the design of Nguyen dynasty.Above the Tam Quan, therestands a statue of Amitabhain the sitting position, below it is a bell-tower. It is outstanding with three words “Long Tien Tu” (Long Tien pagoda). Both sides are two parallel sentences, the sanctum worships Buddha, the right side of pagoda worships Tran’s generals; the left side worships Holly Mother. All the Buddha statues of pagoda are cast in solid bronze and major statues are even gold-inlaid. Before, the festival of Long Tien pagoda was held on March 24 (Lunar calendar). The festival stretches from the lunar January to the lunar February, so it attracts a lot of tourists. It is the place to send beliefs to the spiritual world of local people and tourists.


 


Tran Quoc Nghien temple: is a relic of Bai Tho mountain historical and cultural relic complex,which was ranked as a National Monument by Ministry of Culture and Information on August 31, 1992. The temple was rebuilt on a high ground by local people in the beginning of 20th century; its facade overlooks Ha Long bay in order to commemorate the merits of Tran Quoc Nghien, the eldest son of General Tran Quoc Tuan, a talented general in our nation’s resistance war against the Mongolian invaders of our nation.
The festival of Tran Quoc Nghien temple was restored and has frequently been organized since 2008. However since 2015, the festival of Tran Quoc Nghien temple has been held every 2 years (in even years). Today, the festival has become the cultural beauty in the spiritual life of Ha Long citizens. The festival is not only a reminder of historical and cultural traditions but also a chance to educate and improve the national pride of young generations about the values of Bai Tho mountain historical and cultural relic complex.


 

Bai Tho Mountain Cultural Center: has a favorable conditionin the center of Ha Long city. From the Center, you can overlook the stunning landscape of Ha Long bay. This is a place of cultural and religious life and for educating the tradition of patriotism andthat of “when you drink water, think of itssource” for young generations. Also, it can be used to organize exhibitions, conferences, workshops or award ceremonies for excellent students in the school year.


 


Ancient poems on the wall of Bai Tho mountain: now,on Bai Tho mountain, there still remain 07 ancient poems carved on the wall in different times. The earliest dated poem is the poem King Le Thanh Tong, carved in 1468.  The poem is a Declaration of territorial sovereignty of Dai Viet as well asthe determination to build a peaceful, prosperous and sustainablecountry in Le dynasty. Nearly 300years later, in 1729,Lord Trinh Cuongled the naval delegation across here, wrote a “Họa” poem and had itcarvedon the wall. This poem is about 30m from the “Xướng” poem of King Le Thanh Tong. The poem was comfortably and liberally written byLord Trinh Cuong. It expresses not only the sense of protecting and building the country but also the spirit of the national pride. In Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Can was the former leaderof Quang Yen in the beginning of the 20thcentury and also a poet with the pen name “Huong Khue”. He had two poems: “Đề núi Truyền Đăng” and“Trùng đề Truyền Đăng sơn”carved on the wall Bai Tho mountain, but now only the second poem can be found.  Poems have a unique art of poetry, expressing affections and attitudes towards the time. That is the attitude of “Supporting Le, eliminating Trinh”
Apart from 03poems ofKing Le Thanh Tong, Lord Trinh Cuong, Nguyen Can on the wall, there are still 04 other poems of poets carved onBai Tho mountain.


 


Hon Gai Catholic church:is situated on Catholic mountain, Bach Dang ward, Ha Long city with the total area of 0,3ha. The church was first built in 1933, overlooking Bai Tho Mountain but was war-torn by bombard of American aircraft in 1967. In 1998, Hon Gai parish rebuilta new and spacious church. The church was built on a highhill withRomanstyle. This is the largest church of Quang Ninh province. Coming here, tourists not only know more about the unique religious architecture but also studyreligious practices and beliefs of Ha Long parishioners.
Ha Long flower park: is situated in the center of Ha Long city, Bach Dang ward with the total area of 14.5 ha. Ha Long Flower Park is built on the basis of expanding Ha Long Parkto become a beautiful, modern and special flower park in the center of Ha Long city. As designed, Ha Long Flower Park consistsof 8 main functional zones, including: Vu Van Hieu Monument area;  the central zone displaying creatures, the art flower exhibitions and mixed services; the central flower square;   Long – Phung square; the sports and outdoor entertainment area;theart flower square; the flower - water and wind square... Interspersed with major functional areasare elevated walkways withunique and modern roof system. Ha Long flower parkhas a unique and attractive architecture. It is a special tourism product of Ha Long cityin order to satisfy the demand of enjoying increasingly cultural and spiritual values of citizens and tourists.


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