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One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda
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Rivaling Cot Co as one of Hanoi’s most prominent icons, the Chua Mot Cot or the One Pillar Pagoda was constructed by Emperor Ly Thai Tong in AD 1049. Situated within the tiny Dien Huu Pagoda, also dating from the 11th century, this wooden pagoda was built, as the name suggests, on a single stone pillar, standing in an elegant lotus pond.

According to legend, the king, who had no son, had a dream in which he was visited by Quan Am, Goddess of Mercy. She was sitting on a lotus flower and presented him with a baby boy. Soon after, Ly Thai Tong married a new young queen who bore him a son. To show his gratitude the emperor ordered the construction of a single-pillared pagoda representing a lotus flower. Over the centuries, One Pillar Pagoda has been damaged and reconstructed on numerous occasions.However, none of these acts of destruction is harder to fathom than its burning by the French in 1954.


9 Reviews of One Pillar Pagoda

This is small pagoda

This is small pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is a small pagoda with one pillar in the middle if a lotus pond. This unique pagoda was built by an emperor Ly Thai Tong, ruled Vietnam between 1028-1054, to gratitude Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara...

Local Landmark

Local Landmark

The One Pillar Pagoda was originally built in the 11th Century. The story goes that the king wanted a son. After he dreamed about the Lady Buddha, his wife gave birth to a boy, and he built this little pagoda in...

Similar relax in a park

Similar relax in a park

Situated about a ten minute walk from Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or the Ba Dinh Square visiting here offers one a chance to sit and relax in a park like setting on benches that line the perimeter of the man made...

Not the original one, thanks to the French

Not the original one, thanks to the French

Within the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda attracts a steady stream of tourists and devotees alike. Unlike the grand mausoleum, the pagoda is petite and looks delicate - it stands on a...

A symbol of gratitude

A symbol of gratitude

The One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) is located between the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The pagoda was built in 1049 (uncertain) and resembles a giant lotus blossom. According to a legend, King...

Pretty pagoda!

Pretty pagoda!

This pretty little pagoda dates from the 11th century. It rests on a single stone pillar that rises out of a lotus pond. It was built to honor Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy by Emperor Ly Thai Tong, because she came...

Dream came true

Dream came true

If you would like to give birth to a baby soon, visit the One Pillar Pagoda and give your offerings. Legend has it that King Ly Thai To built this pagoda more than a thousand years ago as a sign of gratitude to...

A Pagoda With One Pillar

A Pagoda With One Pillar

The One Pillar Pagoda is often mentioned to be one of Hanoi's most beautiful pagodas. Every tourist guidebook mentions it as a must-see. It's more or less the number one sight in Hanoi. You HAVE to see...

It's free

It's free

Honestly, I was quite dissapointed with this pagoda as it is rather small and overly touristy but it is unique and I have yet to come across something similar. In addition, its free so I guess no harm visiting this...

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