One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,148 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The pagoda is located pretty near to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and is certainly worth a detour.

It's interesting (to a point) and very small. It only takes ten minutes to view so not worth a special trip but a shame to miss if you're in the area.
Written March 1, 2020
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Elin L
Richmond Hill, Canada45 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
It's a place of worship so we only stopped outside the pagoda. You'll only need 15 min or less at the site.
However, this is very close to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, so you can kill 2 birds with one stone.
Written January 21, 2020
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Myra Brian
Las Vegas, NV18 contributions
Dec 2019
There is no entrance fee. The Tin Palace and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area, including this one, is quite large but the entrance looked like one place. So I went back for a while To enter a simple belongings check. From the stand of the Buddhists, the temple itself did not have much inspiration.
Written January 3, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan 2020
Not far from "Ba Dinh Square", "Ho Chi MInh Mausolem" and "Ho Chi Minh Museum", you will find "Chùa Môt Côt", as "One-Pillar Pagoda" is locally known. It was originally built by Emperor Lý Thái Tông, in 1049, and has been restored many many times along the centuries. Its last restoration dates from 1955, as it was severely destroyed by French Union Forces while withdrawing Vietnam after the First Indochina War. The three square meter wooden pagoda stands on a single stone pillar (1,25 m in diameter) in the middle of a pond and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The pagoda supposedly ressembles a lotus blossom, a Buddhist symbol of purity, enlightenment and rebirth. Inside "One-Pillar Pagoda", Vietnamese Buddhist deity "Quam Am" is enshrined and brings blessings of fertility and health. Visiting the pagoda can be easily combined with other nearby attractions in the "Ho Chi Minh Complex". Dress properly, queue respectfully and be silent, as prayers take place continuously inside this beautiful small temple. Say a little prayer, burn an incense and may "Quam Am" bless your visit to Vietnam. Enjoy!
Written November 14, 2020
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DoctorDerm1
Winter Springs, FL255 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Around the corner from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is this lovely temple complex, made famous by this old small pagoda built on a tall column. Good photo from the right side of the pagoda. Our tour guide said inside is the only female Buddha statue in Vietnam. Take time to roam around the beautiful temple buildings. In one of them a Buddhist priest was singing the prayers.
Written March 2, 2020
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Wileen C
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Jan 2020
Quite fascinating to notice such ancient architecture that way. A pagoda built on a single pillar only. What on earth there is someone with the method back in the past might be able to build a thing that is such like this
Written January 17, 2020
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Guy T
London, UK677 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Just behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a quaint, tranquil reconstructed Pagoda that also has a small temple behind.

Very pretty and peaceful.
The temple behind around a courtyard had a couple of altars with offerings, one had huge bouquets of flowers! Probably one of the prettier displays I've seen in Hanoi!
Very worth the 10 minutes to visit!
Written March 5, 2020
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Molly M
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Oct 2012 • Family
This was definitely my worst expirience in Hanoi!!!!! They charged a significantly (this following a long expensive taxi ride) large entrace fee and then all the rides/attractions were closed!!!!! There was a zoo that was open so we decided that we may as well go in. The animals were treated horribly. The elephants were chained to the wall and they had no food or water. The walls, floors and rooves were concrete and the animals had nothing to do. We got out as quickly as we could. There was supposed to be a dolphin show, so we looked into it and the dolphin enclosure wasn't even finished. The Bao Son "Paradise" Theme Park is horrible and I strongly recommend that you do not go there.
Written October 16, 2012
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On Pillar Pagoda is one of the beauty place in which complex of Ho Chi Minh mauselium. It was built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong , who ruled from 1028 to 1054 . The legend has said that: The King dreamed that he had met Quan The Am Bo Tat( Goddess Of Mercy), who, while seated on a lotus flower, handed him a male child. Ly Thai Tong then married a peasant girl he met by chance and had a son and heir a baby. To express his gratitude for this event, he constructed tho One pillar Pagoda in 1049.
The whole pagoda looks like a lotus flower. It is one of the symbol of Hanoi. If you have some day free in hanoi, you should go there!!
Cheers,
Davidleen

Written March 16, 2007
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konshoe
Ipoh, Malaysia614 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
We did not arrive in the right season to view the pond in its full splendor, for we only witnessed murky waters bereft of any color apart from the color of mud. In my research online, the lotus pond would be covered by greens punctuated by pinks of lotus flower, an enrapturing sight to most visitors. The pagoda would then blend perfectly well with the pond, a giant artificial lotus in a pond full of originals.

We ventured around the temple proper and found other interesting areas within the compound not shared usually on guidebooks. A side to the lotus ponds stood two smaller pagodas, vertical shrines for further offerings to be made by the faithful, one in white and the other in red.

Another area worth taking a look would be a sky reaching tree behind the One Pillar Pagoda. A closer look revealed that this was no ordinary tree, but one which was sacred to Buddhism. The bodhi tree hovered protectively over a small statue of Gautama Buddha, with simple and austere adornments of flowers nearby, an incense urn in front for the faithful to offer their prayers. This was another part of the compound nearly untouched by visiting tourists, allowing the faithful to visit Buddha in relative serenity.
Written December 3, 2013
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