Biking to But Thap Pagoda and Dong Ho Folk Painting Village

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Tour “Biking to But Thap Pagoda and Dong Ho Folk Painting Village” is an enriching journey that seamlessly combines cultural immersion with outdoor exploration in Vietnam. Starting with a visit to But Thap Pagoda, nestled in Bac Ninh Province, travelers are transported into a realm of spiritual significance and architectural marvels dating back to the 13th century. Here, the intricate details of the pagoda’s design, coupled with the serene ambiance, offer a tranquil escape from urban life. Continuing the adventure, participants pedal their way through the picturesque countryside to Dong Ho Folk Painting Village. This vibrant community is renowned for its traditional artistry, where skilled artisans breathe life into intricate folk paintings depicting Vietnamese folklore and daily life. As travelers engage with local craftsmen, they gain firsthand insights into the meticulous process of woodblock carving and natural dye application, discovering the rich symbolism embedded within each artwork.

  • Destination

  • Departure

    128 Yen Hoa St, Yen Phu, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi
  • Departure Time

    Please arrive by 7:00 AM for a departure at 7:30 AM.
  • Return Time

    Approximately 5:00 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
  • Included

    Bottles of drinking water
    English Speaking Cycling Tour Guide
    Hotel pick up and drop-off
    Meals as Mentioned
    Mountain Bike Trek Marlin 5/6 and Helmet
  • Not Included

    Boat or Ferry Transfer
    Car/ Taxi Transport
    Entrance Fees
    Fruit & Snacks
    Gratuities (optional)
    Hotel Homestay Room, Double Base
    Personal Expense

7:30 AM: Departure

Meet our tour guide at your hotel for a brief orientation on the equipment and route. Then, we'll embark on a comfortable ride to the picturesque dike of the Duong River. From there, our cycling adventure kicks off as we pedal along the tranquil riverbank, passing through quaint villages and engaging in conversations with locals. Upon reaching But Thap Pagoda, we'll be greeted by its magnificent architecture, featuring 100 compartments and 10 buildings spread across a hundred meters. Inside the temple, marvel at over 50 statues, including the awe-inspiring "Thousand-Hands, Thousand-Eyes" Goddess of Mercy, crafted in 1656 after several years of meticulous work. Adjacent to the serene backyard garden, two stone stupas stand tall, honoring the revered monk Zhus Zhus and Minh Hanh. Legend has it that during a visit in 1876, King Tu Duc likened the shape of the stone stupas to a writing pen, hence bestowing the name "But Thap" upon the pagoda.

12:00 AM: Lunchtime is factored into the schedule

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant or family

14:00 PM: Explore Dong Ho Folk Painting Village.

We proceed to Dong Ho handicraft village, famed for its traditional wooden block printing. However, only three families now practice this meticulous craft, as the rest of the village has shifted to producing paper votive offerings for greater profit. During our visit, we'll stop by craftsman Nguyen Dang Che's house, renowned for his traditional paintings, and learn the art of creating wooden block paintings. As we explore the village further, we'll witness villagers crafting various paper items, including surprisingly detailed replicas of modern gadgets like the iPhone 5 and the new iPad.

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History Of The City

Hanoi, the capital and cultural hub of Vietnam, boasts a rich and ancient history. Dating back thousands of years, it was known as Thang Long during the Middle Ages. Under French colonial rule in the 19th century, it became a pivotal center. Hanoi endured tumult during the Vietnam War, including pivotal events like the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Since reunification in 1976, it has thrived as the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, blending rapid economic growth with the preservation of its rich cultural heritage. Today, Hanoi stands as a top cultural and tourist destination in Southeast Asia, drawing millions with its historic sites, ancient architecture, and unique cultural traditions.

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