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“Photo and Go” 3 of 5 stars
Review of One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda
Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh District | Đội Cấn, Q Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #44 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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.
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Photo and Go”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Its quaint. Get the photo on passing on the way back from seeing Ho Chi Minh and head off. Other than that its a bit hard to say much else. Far tooooo many other things to go and see!

Visited August 2013
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“Bit disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The one pillar pagoda was really hyped up by the guide books but really it was a bit disappointing and the crowds didn't really allow you to take decent pictures (especially when its raining and their are multi coloured macs and brollies everywhere blocking the view). The pillar itself has been rebuilt numerous time and is quite simply concrete. The pagdo is quite pretty in itself and it does give you an impression of what must have stood here once.

The area is hidden away near the Ho Chi Minh musuem and was quite difficult to find (perhaps because we approached it from a different angle).

Visited July 2013
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“Worth the visit, but allow time if it is crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

The One Pillar is part of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. If it is a busy day you will need to wait because it is quite small.

Visited August 2013
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“Allow fifteen minutes unless there's a crowd”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The original pagoda, constructed around one thousand years ago, was apparently destroyed by the French during their departure from Vietnam in the mid 1950's. It has been rebuilt and by now, looks quite old, showing character with it's pleasing symmetry and weathered stone work replete with ferns and mosses. It is built upon a single plinth (pillar) rising lotus like from a small moat and is near to the HCM Museum. You can climb the steps to inspect it's interior or make an offering. Taking a photograph without capturing any tourists may prove impossible as the pagoda is located amid the noisy hoopla of a busy market area. I wandered off to the left and spent a few minutes enjoying looking at pot plants and small gardens.

Visited January 2013
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“Visit whilst visiting museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I wouldn't make a special trip to visit this, but as it's right next to the museum you may as well.

It's important to note for historical purposes that this is actually a reproduction of the original, as the French destroyed the original. It's therefore not as old as you may think.

As a visitor in a wheelchair I found that ground access was surprisingly good, and flat, if a little rickety with the cobbles. There are steps up to the pagoda, (as usual), but as it's so small, probably not worth the effort to go up.

It's a really busy site here, with hundreds of Vietnamese queuing to go up the steps.

Visited July 2013
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