Van Trinh Cave

Van Trinh CaveVan Trinh cave is also called Giang Tien cave. It is located in the Mo Mountain, Van Trinh hamlet, Thuong Hoa commune, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province. The cave is nearly 3500 sq m, and it is considered the biggest and the most beautiful cave in Ninh Binh. From the intersection of Gian Khau of 1A National Highway, turning to the West for 10km to Me township, then heading South along the Thong Nhat road for about 1km, visitors will reach Hoang Long river. From the river port, visitors would use the motorboat for more than 30 minutes before reaching Van Trinh cave.

The area of Van Trinh is about more than 4000 sq m. The highest point of the cave ceiling is more than 100m, and the floor of the cave has many unique patterns. Coming to the cave, there is a dragon well where the water is coming from the bottom. The air inside is quite cool and comfortable. The spiritual value of Van Trinh is the natural stalactite in the shape of “the men’s penis” which is opposite to the small hole named “delivering gate”. The people who are suffering from childless would come to this cave to wish for a fortune. According to the legend, in order to help the people in the earth with raising healthy kids, the last child of the God come down and see there are many beautiful landscapes here, therefore, she settled down in this cave. She built a lot of showering tanks inside the cave. The water insider is very pure and full. Therefore, the cave is also called Giang Tien (the landing fairy). It is said that the poor and childless families, or the families with kids are hard to rose would come here to wish for help from the fairy. They often bought a cloth to offer in the gate of the temple to wish for being blessed. In the following day, they came back and could not see the cloth but there was only a baby shirt. They brought it to their baby and the baby will be healthy and grow fast.

There was a period for more than 100 years, the gate of the cave is filled up (also called Lap Grotto – the filled up grotto), and therefore, there are not much left signs of the famous scholars. However, since 2001, it was opened and became the attractive destination for domestic and international visitors to explore.