Pagodas and temples galore: Bac Ninh promotes spiritual tourism

10:50 | 06/06/2018 Society

(VEN) - With 1,558 historical and cultural relics, almost 200 of which are national sites, in addition to centuries-old craft villages, Bac Ninh Province has huge potential for tourism especially spiritual tourism development. However, spiritual tourism development in the province remains incommensurate with the potential. Bac Ninh is seeking ways to attract more visitors.

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Phat Tich Pagoda has become a famous spiritual tourist destination in Bac Ninh Province

Cultural values have been used to develop tourism and contributed to economic growth and restructuring in the province.

Data compiled by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism show that Bac Ninh attracts about three million visitors annually, most of them to spiritual sites and traditional festivals. Most come in the spring, during the first several months of the lunar year.

The Bac Ninh Province People’s Committee is seeking to turn the province into a major tourist center in the Red River Delta, with tourism revenues of VND3.3 trillion and VND20 trillion by 2020 and 2030, respectively, constituting more than four percent of the provincial gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.

Since 2010, Bac Ninh has invested hundreds of billions of dong to restore, improve and promote relics. Visitors to the province’s famous relic sites have access to assistance by receptionists and tour guides, and can buy a variety of souvenirs. The province has built facilities and roads to relic sites, taking advantage of its proximity to Hanoi, just 40km to the southwest.

Bac Ninh is bringing into play its history and cultural values to develop spiritual tourism. It is home to Kinh Duong Vuong – the very first king of ancient Viet ethic, the Do Temple where eight kings of the Ly Dynasty are worshipped, the Dau Pagoda, the first pagoda in Vietnamese history, But Thap Pagoda, Phat Tich Pagoda, and local Literature Temple.

It has prepared plans to develop tours to the city of Bac Ninh, Tu Son Town, the southern part of Thuan Thanh District, Tien Du District, and to the Dau Pagoda, But Thap Pagoda, the temple and tomb of Kinh Duong Vuong, Le Chi Vien Temple, the temple and tomb of Cao Lo Vuong, and Binh Than wharf (Gia Binh). Priority will be given to developing major destinations such as the tourist village in Bac Ninh City’s Quan Hoa Commune.

Bac Ninh Province is considering investment in the Lim Festival in Tien Du District to enable visitors to better experience and learn about love duet singing, known as quan hoï folk music, a world intangible cultural heritage recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It will expand the Phat Tich Pagoda that is associated with Lan Kha Mountain in Tien Du District, and will probably build a bridge across the Duong River, leading to the area of Kinh Duong Vuong Tomb, But Thap Pagoda and Dau Pagoda. The Ba Chua Kho (Lady of the Storehouse) Temple Festival will be developed into a national-level event.

In addition, the province will launch outstanding spiritual tourism programs including an ancient pagoda program, and a program to enjoy and learn about love duet singing, among others.

Thanh Tam