Chau Son Monastery, a heaven of tranquillity in Ninh Binh
- on Apr 2, 2020       By: BN
The Chau Son Monastery is a charming abbey which is located in the Nho Quan district in the countryside of Ninh Binh province.
Surrounded by the mountain, the Chau Son Monastery is the country's unique Cistercian abbey, located in the North and Centre. Erected in 1939, the Chau Son Monastery (the Pearl Mountain) originated from the Phuoc Son Monastery (the mountain of Happiness) which was founded by the priest Henri Denis Bien Duc Thuan in 1949 in Phuoc Son, Quang Tri province.
Atypical of its kind, the Chau Son Monastery is distinguished by a style of Gothic architecture. It is the red brick facades outside that make it charming, making it warmer and more pleasant at first sight. Inside, its 21m high dome testifies to an impressive sculptural richness.
In addition to its splendour, the surrounding setting of the monastery, where you can find the calmness, accompanying by some sounds of birds, gives you a feeling of eternal peace. On your arrival in Ninh Binh, one or two hours in the Chau Son Monastery are a very pleasant stop, combining nature and history.
Access to the Chau Son Monastery is normally quite limited. However, this site is open to visitors during the sacrament held at the beginning of the month.
Phu Son Ward, Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province.
Chau Son Monastery is 100 km from Hanoi, 35 km from Ninh Binh city and 2 km from the centre of Nho Quan village, 65 km from Phat Diem Cathedral.
How to get there?
Departure from Hanoi, take the national road 1A 80km for the Gian Khau industrial zone (Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province), turn right for the provincial road 477, by motorbike or taxi, only 18km, you will meet the poster for the Chau Son Monastery.