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Buddha statues at Bai Dinh pagoda  
   

Buddha statues at Bai Dinh pagoda

The pagoda was under construction when this shot was taken in November 2008. This is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Upon completion in October 2010, these Buddha statues were placed along the corridors that lead to the main buildings of the pagoda.
Vietnam - Guide for trip planners

December 20th 2014
In 2005, when I was a regular member in the Thorn Tree travel forum of the Lonely Planet website, I created the FAQ thread for Vietnam (FAQ means Frequently Asked Questions). This sticky thread on the top of SE Asia Mainland Branch has reached over 500,000 views up to date. The problem is that whenever I wanted to edit or update information in this thread, I had to send a message to the Moderator. ... read more
Asia » Vietnam

Vietnamese Flag The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
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