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One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)

Chua Mot Cot Street | Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
04800126
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #46 of 103 attractions in Hanoi
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The characteristic central pillar of this small pagoda is said to represent the stem of a lotus flower, symbolizing purity.
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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Interesting pagoda very near Uncle Ho. Shady rest place with a drink on a hot and humid day. Not worth a trip but well worth as a side trip from mosoleum.

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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Came here as part of a tour, and admit its not very impressive compared to some structures in Hanoi - but as its in walking distance from HCM's Mausoleum its worth dropping by. Our tour guide explained the history of the pagoda which was one of the most interesting stories of the day and helped me understand why so many... More

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FRA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

A concrete pillar with a concrete box on top, standing in a slimy pond, crowded by tourists and surrounded by hawkers. It wasn't even worth the effort of taking my camera out of its bag.

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stillwater, mn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is another thing to find someone who knows the background to take you to. While it's interesting to see, to hear the story and background makes it that much more interesting. It's just a short visit, and is located in the HCM sites. Worth swinging by.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

A previous King had this place built to pray for a specific purpose (he wanted a son). It is a small, simple and basic pagoda. Tourists visit because it is located close to other attractions (otherwise, not many tourists would bother to see this small and basic place, I reckon). Having seen much larger Pagodas in China, this one pales... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

One should visit the One Pillar Pagoda while in Hanoi. It is located just next to the Presidential Palace Area.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I like Pagoda as fine architectural construction. It is close to mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and Lenin Memorial. Near mausoleum Vietnamese people make a training.

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Gistel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This pagoda is situated in the gardens behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It was constructed in the 11th ventury by the old king Ly Thai To who still had no son. In a vision he saw the Godess of Mercy-sitting on a lotus- with a male child in her lap. She handed the child to the King . Soon... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Like many unusual pieces of architecture this is best photographed when empty - regrettably when we visited today Sunday it had a permanent flow and was surrounded at all angles. Would be lovely if made 'out of bounds'.. Worth a look if you at Ho Chi Minh's resting place... Free to enter.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Worth the visit. The pagoda was originally made of wood, but caught fire and was replaced by cement. The story behind it is beautiful. According to the legen, the king Ly Thai Tong did not have any kids and one day he dreamt of a buddha sitting on a lotus flower with a baby boy on her hands. The following... More

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