Location: Ong Ich Khiem St | Ngoc Ha, bố Dinh District, Hanoi 100000, VietnamRecommended reason:the most distinctive historic Buddhist temple in HanoiOpening time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm every dayEntrance fee: free


The One Pillar Pagoda, also known as Chua Mot Cot or Lien Hoa Dai, is the most distinctive historic Buddhist temple located in the southwest of tía Dinh Square 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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Structure ofOne Pillar Pagoda

The One Pillar Pagoda was built on a 1.25-meter-diameter stone pillar in the pond và named after it. The pool is square & surrounded by brick railings. The pagoda is 4 meters above ground & connected lớn the land by a stone bridge. The temple body toàn thân and the four sides of the roof are slightly curled up to form the petals that looks like a blooming lotus flower raising straight up from the lake. The pagoda itself is built of high-grade wood & the details are very elaboration, a symbol of holiness in Buddhism. The pagoda enshrines the Goddess of Mercy, which is said to be quite effective, so the incense is very strong.

Legend ofOne Pillar Pagoda


The pagoda was built in 1049, under the reign of Ly bầu Tong. According to lớn legend, emperor Ly thai Tong (1028-1054) is old but has no son. One night, he dreamed of the Goddess of Mercy who seated on the lotus flower platform in a pool of water and handed a baby son khổng lồ him. Soon after, Ly thai Tong married a young và beautiful woman who later gave birth lớn a boy for Ly thai Tong. It was exactly the same as the boy in the dream, so Ly bầu Tong ordered the building of a pagoda modeled after the blooming lotus flower to serve the Goddess of Mercy for generations.

HistoryofOne Pillar Pagoda

At the end of the first Indochina war in 1954, when the French team was withdrawn, the One Pillar Pagoda was blown up, leaving only a stone pillar. It was rebuilt on the original site in 1955, và the overall style is the same as the original temple. In the late 1950s và early 1960s, there was a replica of the One Pillar Pagoda in Saigon (now Ho chi Minh City), which was one of the places where people served the Goddess of Mercy. Due lớn several renovations, the existing temple is smaller than the original one, but its artistic style is still preserved.

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Value ofOne Pillar Pagoda


Although it is a replica, the One Pillar is today considered one of the most representative Buddhist temples in Vietnam. From the yard to the pagoda floor, tourists walk through 13 sidesteps stone stairs & will find a sparkling gold statue of Goddess of Mercy sits on a lacquer dipped gold trim red wooden lotus in the highest position inside the pagoda. Today, there’re many couple come here và pray for marriage và fertility. Remember to lớn wear full-length clothes when you visit any pagoda in Vietnam.

A column pagoda stretches for thousands of years, and has experienced the vicissitudes of life, always retaining the ancient spirit. With only one pillar, the pagoda can stand the chạy thử of time. This fragile little pagoda preserves enormous cultural và historical value. Its image is always the majesty of the national spirit, the symbolic image of the capital, standing firmly in the endless hours of time. A column tower is a symbol of Hanoi & contributes to the promotion of tourism in Hanoi khổng lồ international friends.

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Travel TipsofOne Pillar Pagoda

Visitors who have the opportunity to lớn participate in Hanoi tourism will surely marvel at the chất lượng architecture of the pagoda. The pagoda is open all week during the summer but closed on Mondays and Fridays in the winter.