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Address: | Đội Cấn, Q Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Description: 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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Tiny Pagoda near Presidential Palace

The one-pillar pagoda was built in 1049 by Emperor Ly Thai Tong. It stands on a single stone pillar above a lotus pond. Delicate and beautiful, it has survived destruction... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Warren, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The one-pillar pagoda was built in 1049 by Emperor Ly Thai Tong. It stands on a single stone pillar above a lotus pond. Delicate and beautiful, it has survived destruction several times and has been rebuilt. It's easy to find and just near the area where Ho Chi Minh's stilt house sits in the Presidential Palace park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We have travelled extensively in China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries, and seen many different pagodas'. However; this one is certainly unique; known as the "One Pillar Pagoda", in Hanoi, Vietnam. Rising from one pillar in the centre of an elegantly square shaped lotus pond, The One Pillar Pagoda is said to represent a lotus flower growing up out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My second visit here. Last time it was packed with tourists and it was pouring with rain. This time just a few tourists and sunshine. We visited the small temple beside the pagoda as well which is small and has some beautiful statues inside. The pagoda itself is sitting on a single concrete pillar. Well worth a visit and can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I was really excited about seeing this, but it was much smaller than I thought it would be. All the pictures and souvenirs made it feel substantial, instead, it is more of a tree house with no tree. Worth a look, but it is a lot smaller than you are probably thinking!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The One Pillar Pagoda is an historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It's quite a very impressive structure with interesting markings on the walls. It has a small shrine devoted to the Boddhisatva of Mercy inside the pagoda. The temple is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter, and it is designed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

we went here before visiting the nearby HCM museum. it was very crowded. i especially remember the soothing scent of burning incense. the story behind the building is interesting. only a small attraction, it can be done quickly and is worth a peek.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

In a tour we visited the One Pillar Pagoda. Luckily we did not go out of our way to see it but combined it with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Then it is quite nice to see, but not very impressive, certainly not nr. 1 Pagoda to see in Hanoi

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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! Well, do you? It's basically only a pagoda standing on one pillar. While this surely is an interesting way to build a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I wish I had read the last post before visiting this pagoda. It would have made it much more interesting and understandable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The history behind this temple was most fascinating to me. Interesting to note that the childless Emperor married a peasant woman, who bore him a child which came to him in a dream. The architecture is most amazing considering how ancient this temple is. It is extremely small and reflects, for me, a token of dedication and gratitute. I was... More 

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