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Review of One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour
Ranked #43 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
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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.
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Reviewed 20 March 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 in comparison.

A quick glance, a few photos and that wraps up this rather mundane visit.

Visited February 2014
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Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

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

Visited March 2014
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“Very unusual and genuine building!”
Reviewed 17 March 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.

Visited March 2014
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“one pillar pagoda-Hanoi”
Reviewed 14 March 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 after this dream , his wife gave him a son.The gratefull King ordered a pagoda to be built in the shape of a lotus.
The Original pagoda has been damaged many times during repeated wars ; even the French burned the pagoda when they retreated from Vietnam in1954 . In1955 a replica was built resting on one concrete pillar instead of the original wooden pillar.
The pagoda is much visited by childless couples making offerings to the Godess of Mercy Quan Am. It is also said this pagoda to posess some healing powers. Around the temple is a lilly-pond and this gives much harmony with the Lotus-shaped temple considering that the Lotus is a symbol of purity and regeneration.

Visited February 2014
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“Average pagoda over run with visitors”
Reviewed 9 March 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.

Visited March 2014
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