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Am Tien Pagoda and Grotto - the ancient prison where King Dinh sentenced the offenders
Am Tien Cave and Pagoda is one of the relics located in Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, inside the Ngu Phong Son mountain line which is near the King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh’s tomb in Ma Yen Mountain, Yen Ha Village, Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province.
The Buddha is worshipped in the Pagoda. Local residents also worship Zen Buddhist Priest Nguyen Minh Khong inside the Cave. According to the legend, this place is where King Dinh confined tigers to punish the guilty. In Ly dynasty, Priest Nguyen Minh Khong came here to chant prayers to protect resident from devil and renamed it to Am Tien Cave. The stele carved in 1179 (Ly Cao Tong dynasty) regarding Bonze Dai Quang’s turning this prison into pagoda still exist in the cliff.
Am Tien Cave is in haflway up the mountain and looks like a dragon. This relic offers beautiful primitive natural landscape. Visitors must climb over 200 stone steps to get to the cave. Many stalactities shaped grain crops, cash crops, Buddha’s hand, drooping lotus bud. From the Am Tien Pagoda, visitors can see a grandiose landscape with majestic mountains, the clear blue lake and feel the sacred and magnanimous atmosphere.
With all of these values, Am Tien Cave and Pagoda was recognized as national historical-cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 1998.





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