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Address: Ong Ich Khiem St | Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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The One Pillar Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chua Mot Cot, formally Dien Huu tu 延祐寺...

The One Pillar Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chua Mot Cot, formally Dien Huu tu 延祐寺 or Lien Hoa Dai 蓮花臺) is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.

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Small, But Nice Story

This is a really small pagoda & as suggested by the name, it sits on a single pillar. The story behind it is sweet; built in the 11th Century by an emperor to thank the goddess of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a really small pagoda & as suggested by the name, it sits on a single pillar. The story behind it is sweet; built in the 11th Century by an emperor to thank the goddess of mercy for a male heir basically. It's supposed to represent a lotus blossom. Unfortunately the French destroyed it in the '50's so this... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had seen this image on T-shirts and it was a pleasant site to see. It is part of a bigger complex and thus no extra effort to visit.

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Los Altos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the sights on the one-day tour of Hanoi. Cute little pagoda on what's now a cement column--used to be wood, but that deteriorated over the centuries.

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Thank SanFranciscoHiker
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its along a nice walk through the grounds of Ho Chi Minh's home so just take a quick peak. Charming.

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Thank Italianshopper
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Located a bit outside but close to the mausoleum of Ho-Chi-Minh you will find pictures of this pagoda everywhere in Vietnam so its one of the must-sees. Rather inimpressive and always photographe from an angle that covers the real surroundong and size. Its really small and more a puddle than a pond in front. Very annoying touts and stalls in... More 

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Tsu-shi, Mie, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I hard that is symbolic of blooming lotus. Indeed it is built with only one pillar. it was surprisingly small temple but so different. it's easy to come there where is close to Hochiminh museum.

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Somerset, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very interesting little pagoda, perched on a pillar over a tiny lake. It is certainly worth climbing the steps to get a view inside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I would not make a trip to this pagoda, but if you are in the neighborhood, it is worth a stop and a picture.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Vietnam is a 80% buddhist country. One king has seen his newly born son is coming out from a lotus flower in a dream and once the queen has given the birth to his son he made this pagoda looks like a lotus flower. that is why it has only a one pillar.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it is one of the most photographed sites in all of Hanoi, I found it to be nothing more than a cute pagoda on a single stilt. What do I know???? Took the picture and moved on to the museum.

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