One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    by bchurchill Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    I guess it looks like a Lotus?

    This is approx 200 meters from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. It was originally build in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong. The King had a dream of the Godess of Merc leading him to Lotus flower. It is said that the Pagoda was buit in the shape of a lotus blossuming onto its stem. If you and your wife pray to the One Pillar Pagoda, you will be blessed with a male child just as the King was.

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    by victorwkf Written Mar 2, 2007

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    The One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) is a small and famous Pagoda of Vietnam located at a premises near to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. The original version built in the 11th century was blown up by the French troops in 1954. This wooden pagoda is newer and smaller version bult in the late 1950s. It is called one pillar pagoda because it stands on one single concrete pillar from a pond. This pagoda is meant to resemble a lotus, which is a symbol of purity in Buddhism. Admission is free and there are several souvenir shops near to this pagoda, which sell small and cute replica of this pagoda which is worth buying.

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    by Gillybob Written Oct 23, 2006

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    This is a nice little side step after your visit to 'Uncle Ho's' house.

    Originally built in the 11th century but destroyed on numerous occasions, the latest rebuild was undertaken in the 1950s after the French undertook their destruction before withdrawing from Vietnam. This tiny interior is set atop a single concrete pillar which emerges from a small pond.

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    by blanter Written Aug 26, 2006

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    A newcomer to SEA gets first excited about temples and pagodas, only to find several days later that they mostly look the same to an outsider and more advanced knowledge is required to make distinctions. This one is really special - a small wooden building is put on the top of a stone pillar in the middle of a lotus pond. The pagoda was built in 11th century, destroyed by the French in 1954, and restored afterwards.

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    Chua Mot Cot

    by bluedook Written Aug 2, 2006

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    The one pillar pagoda is next to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Despite its small size it is rather beautiful. Apparently built approx 1000 years ago it was destoyed by the French as they left and rebuilt recently.

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    Cute little Pagoda

    by gypsysoul73 Written Jun 29, 2006

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    The original One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) was destroyed during the French War so what you see is a reconstruction built in the 50s.

    The OPP was ordered by Emperor Ly Thai Tong to resemble a lotus blossom to commemorate the long awaited birth of an heir and to celebrate his good fortune which eh believed was bestowed upon him by the Buddhist goddess of mercy.

    People now come to the pagoda to pray for fertility and other blessings of good health.

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    A Thousand Year Old History Pagoda

    by yeikloen Written Apr 23, 2006

    This pagoda was built by heirless Emperor Ly Thai Thong in the 11th century after getting married to a young peasant and gave him a baby boy. This pagoda was destroyed in by the French just before they left and the standing pagoda now is rebuilt by the reunified Vietnamese government.

    There is a also a small temple next to the pagoda.

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    by mad4travel Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Now this is the kind of monument I like, it does what it says on the tin. Its a pagoda, and it sits on one pillar. Sorted!

    The One Pillar Pagoda is unique to Vietnam. Tradition says that it was first constructed in 1049 during the early Ly dynasty.

    Legend has it that King Ly Thai To dreamed of the goddess Quan Am sitting on a lotus leaf and offering him a son. Struck by the dream, the Emperor married a peasant girl who soon provided him with a male heir. In gratitude, the king built this pagoda to honor the goddess. Some have said that the pagoda resembles a lotus climbing out of the water.

    The pagoda was destroyed a number of times over the centuries, most recently in 1954 during the French Colonial retreat, but was reconstructed in its present form in 1955 with a concrete pillar. (practical, but not very romantic!)

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    One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)

    by aukahkay Written Mar 7, 2006
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    The One Pillar Pagoda was originally built in 1049 under the Ly dynasty. This wooden pagoda rests on a single concrete pillar rising out of a lotus pool. Legend has it that in a dream, King Ly was a goddess seated on a lotus leaf and offered him a male child in her outstretched arms. Shortly after his dream, he married a young peasant girl who bore him a male heir. The king built the pagoda as a sign of his gratitude.

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    One PIllar Pagoda

    by leffe3 Updated Feb 21, 2006

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    Famed as one of the symbols of Hanoi, and part of the Ho Chi Minh complex, the pagoda is a sad copy of the original. Built in 1049, the original was blown up by the French prior to quitting 'Indochine' in the 1950s.

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    Yeap, it stands on Only ONE pillar

    by myspices Written Feb 1, 2006

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    One Pillar Pagoda - it's really on one pillar

    The famous One Pillar Pagoda is built of wood on a single stone pillar. You can go up the Pagoda using the stairs and do a little prayer up there. It is surrounded by a pond with lotus flowers.

    Facts about One Pillar Pagoda
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    *built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong in 1046, who ruled from 1028 to 1054.
    * built of wood on a single stone pillar, 1.25m in diameter
    * built to resemble a lotus blossom, symbol of purity
    * the structure was destroyed by the French in 1954 and was rebuilt by the new government.

    Legend of the One Pillar Pagoda
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    The heirless Emperor Ly dreamed that he met Goddess of Mercy, who seated on a lotus flower, handed him a male child. Emperor Ly then married a young peasant girl and had a heir by her. The structure was built to express his gratitude.

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    by lyrad Written Oct 2, 2005

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    The One Pillar Pagoda is located just a short distance away from the Mausoleum and is designed to represent a lotus blossom. Unfortunately the original wooden structure was destroyed by the French in the 1950s and this newer concrete version lacks character.

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    by imstress Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    One Pillar Pagoda is a very tiny little Pagoda outside the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

    It is a wooden Pagoda built on a single stone pillar in the middle of a very small pond.

    No entrance fee and it is located just outside the HCM Museum.

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    A Beautiful & Romantic Legend

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    The legend that surrounds the One Pillar Pagoda is beautiful and romantic.

    The king that ruled this country a long time ago was not married, but he longed for a son. One night as he lay sleeping he dreamt that a beautiful lady seated on a Lotus Flower came to him. In the palm of her hands she held a new born baby which she handed over to him. Recognising the Lady in his dream as the Goddess of Mercy, the king built a one-pillar pagoda, to represent the stalk of the lotus flower. Soon after, the young king married a young girl from a nearby village and they were blessed with a son and heir.

    The lotus is a key feature of Buddhism, as the lord Buddha is always depicted seated on the lotus. The Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, is also pictured on the lotus.

    The original wooden pagoda built by the king was destroyed but has since been rebuilt in cement.

    From Ho's mausoleum, it was a short walk to the one-pillar pagoda. I had expected something different, as pagodas are often tall and multi-storeyed. See my next tip for further information.

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    To Be blessed with A Son and Heir

    by Wild_Orchid Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Be blessed

    This tip continues from the above.

    The one-pillar pagoda is special for its history and the myths and beliefs that surrounds it. If you visit expecting to see an architectural marvel, then you're likely to be dissapointed.

    Our guide explained that people from around Vietnam visited this temple to pray for a son. In traditional Chinese families, the need to carry on the family name is of the utmost importance and therefore a son is prefered over a daughter.

    A few unmarried ladies in my group stepped forward to say some prayers at the temple. I guess the longing to have a child, whether male or female is always present. A few of us who are already married with kids stayed conspicuously away...just in case we were inadvertently "blessed" by the the Goddess of Mercy. (smile)
    What suprised me was when my male colleague also stepped forward and walked up the steps of the temple. As far as I know, he's married with two University going kids...

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