A Day Cycling Hanoi But Thap Pagoda & Dong Ho Village
Join us on this Hanoi bike tour one day to discover Vietnam rural village, But Thap pagoda, Dong Ho village in Bac Ninh province, north of Hanoi.
8:00: You will be met up with our guide at your hotel in Hanoi. After briefing and a short warming up exercise you will leave Hanoi busy streets biking out of the city center. The first part of the tour is a bit challenging because of the local traffic.
After about a half hour, you will arrive the Duong riverside where the cycle tour really begins. The name of the Duong River sounds intimately in the heart of every Vietnamese because of the charming and peaceful countryside the river meanders through. The numerous pagodas bordering the Duong River through history have added a major attraction to the Kinh Bac (northern) region.
We will cycle through some small villages, meeting up friendly local countryside farmers before arriving at But Thap Pagoda in time for lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is not included).
The name "But Thap" (Pen Stupa) was given by King Tu Duc in 1876 when, in Kinh Bac, he saw the beautiful stone stupa shaped like a pen at this pagoda, which had previously been known as Ninh Phuc Tu (Pagoda of Peace and Happiness). Visit the But Thap pagoda before continuing on to Dong Ho village.
Dong Ho village is famous for an old and special art form called Dong Ho. This art is attractive to the local and foreign people alike. Coming here visitors watch the artisan’s produce pictures using carved boards painted with various colors of ink.
Once in the village a visit will be made at craftsman Nguyen Dang Che's house who is renowned for his traditional paintings.
Late this afternoon, we will cycle back to Hanoi. Trip ends.
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