Ninh Bình Province

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Ninh Bình Province

Tỉnh Ninh Bình
Bích Động valley, near Tam Cốc in Tràng An UNESCO World Heritage Site
Bích Động valley, near Tam Cốc in Tràng An UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official seal of Ninh Bình Province
Location of Ninh Bình within Vietnam
Location of Ninh Bình within Vietnam
Coordinates: 20°15′N 105°50′E / 20.250°N 105.833°E / 20.250; 105.833Coordinates: 20°15′N 105°50′E / 20.250°N 105.833°E / 20.250; 105.833
Country Vietnam
RegionRed River Delta
CapitalNinh Bình
 • People's Council ChairĐinh Văn Hùng
 • People's Committee ChairĐinh Văn Hùng
 • Total1,383.7 km2 (534.2 sq mi)
 • Total1,119,845
 • Density810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
 • EthnicitiesVietnamese, Mường
Time zoneUTC+07:00 (ICT)
Area codes229
ISO 3166 codeVN-18

Ninh Bình (Vietnamese: [niŋ̟ ɓîŋ̟] (About this soundlisten)) is a province of Vietnam, in the Red River Delta region of the northern part of the country. The province is famous for a high density of natural and cultural attractions, including reserved parks in Cúc Phương National Park and Vân Long, grotto caves and rivers in Tràng An, Tam Cốc-Bích Động and Múa Caves, historic monuments in the Hoa Lư ancient capital, Vietnam's largest buddhist worshiping complex (Bái Đính Temple), and the Phát Diệm Cathedral with "eclectic architectural style". Thanks to its adjacency to Hanoi, day trips from the capital are easily manageable.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Ninh Bình is subdivided into eight district-level sub-divisions:

  • 6 districts:

They are further subdivided into seven commune-level towns (or townlets), 122 communes, and 16 wards.


Ninh Bình is located to the south of the Northern Delta, between the Red and Ma rivers. It is bordered by Hòa Bình and Hà Nam to the north, Nam Định to the northeast, and Thanh Hóa to the south and west. Ninh Bình also has a very short coastline abutting the Gulf of Tonkin.

The population is 898,500 people, with a total area of 1,329.4 km2.


The ethnic groups include the Viet (also called the Kinh, the Vietnamese ethnic majority), as well as other groups such as the Dao, Hoa, Hmong, Mường, Nùng, Tày and Thai. There are 23 ethnic groups, of which the Kinh account for more than 98%.


Natural sights[edit]

Ninh Bình was selected as among the main locations for the movie Kong: Skull Island.

Conservation centers[edit]

Ecological sights[edit]

Historic sights[edit]

The old city of Ninh Bình is a well-known historical site in Vietnam.[citation needed]



  • Thái Vi festival (Ninh Hải - Hoa Lư) (third moon of the lunar calendar)
  • Trường Yên Festival
  • Yên Cư Festival
  • Nộn Khê Festival


Embroidered handicrafts in Hoa Lư District Sea reed handicrafts in Kim Sơn District


Ninh Bình is located 91 km from Hanoi and has both rail and road transport links. It has express rail connections with Hanoi in the north and Thanh Hóa and Vinh in the south. Buses from Hanoi's South Bus Station stop by Ninh Bình; the bus routes parallel and complement the rail route.


The province's name derives from Sino-Vietnamese .

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