One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

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    One Leg Standing

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2005

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    One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

    Quite a must see since this temple is an architectural gem in Hanoi and on every postcard that you can find in seedy tourist shops. This pagoda is built after an Emperor hallucinated and saw a goddess sitting on a lotus leaf. The goddess promised that he would have a son which he eventually did.

    Now, other than the Red Huc Bridge at Ho An Kiem Lake, the one-pillar pagoda is the second most recognisable icon in Hanoi. Yes, this structure stands on one leg and it is built in such a way so as to reflect a lotus rising out of the water. I suppose it might looked better in its original wooden structure but we have the French to thank for the new concrete structure. Hmm, yes, the French destroyed this temple during their retreat in 1954. No reason was given..

    Cost: Free
    Opening Times: Daily 6 AM-6 PM; 6 AM-9 PM

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    by guell Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    The One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) was built in 1955. The pillar is made of Concrete and the structure on top is made of wood. The previous building was burned in 1954 by the French when they withdrew from Vietnam.

    Chua Mot Cot was constructed to celebrate the tale of the heirless Emperor Ly Thai Tong, who dreamt about receiving a son from the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion, seated on a lotus flower. He married shortly after and bore a son, and the pagoda was built to honour the event. It is the most interesting of the city’s numerous pagodas, and beneath the ornate curved roof people come to pray for fertility and wellbeing, with allegedly miraculous effects. The unique wooden structure was designed to resemble a lotus flower, the Buddhist representation of enlightenment, emerging out of the water, with the single stone pillar its symbolic stalk.

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    the not so spectacular One Pillar Pogada

    The One Pillar Pagoda was one of Hanoi’s bigger disappointments for me. If it had been the original 1049 structure built to resemble a lotus blossom floating on the water, it would have been splendid. But the last thing the French did before leaving Hanoi to the Vietnamese in 1954 was to completely destroy the obviously non-military/Communist structure for no apparent reason. It was rebuilt by the new government in a bit too concrete style. Still worth a peek as conveniently located and free.

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 1, 2004

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    The unique One Pillar Pagoda originally dates back to the 11th Century when it was constructed by King Ly Thai Tong. This tiny wooden structure sits perched on a single concrete pillar in a small pond. The current building was completed in 1954 after the French destroyed the previous pagoda upon their departure from Vietnam that same year.

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    ONE PILLAR PAGODA

    by Umea6 Written Dec 22, 2003

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    Tradition says that it was first constructed in 1049. 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.

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    by pmarshuk Written Dec 4, 2003

    The original One Pillar Pagoda was (according to tradition) built in 1049 to resemble a lotus coming out of the water. It was destroed several times the latest being by the French when the retreated from Hanoi in 1954. The current structure was built on a concrete pillar in 1955.
    The first pagoda was built to honour a dream by the King Ly Thai about the godess Quan Am sitting on a lotus leaf offering him a son.

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    One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    One Pillar Pagoda is a cultural and historic relic, built in 1049 and called Dien Huu. It was constructed Legends said that King Ly Thai To did not have any sons. One night the Goddess of Mercy in his dream sitting on a lotus gave him a son. Later he married a young country girl and had a successor. The king thanked the Goddess of Mercy by building this pagoda in the form of a lotus.

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    a solo building surrounded by water

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

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    The one pillar pegoda

    Ho An Kiem Lake is home to this one pillar pogoda. It attracts onlookers all day and makes for some nice photos.

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    One legged pagoda

    by explorer001 Written Sep 18, 2007

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    This cute little thing smacked in the middle of some pond is a worship place for the locals. You can offer your prayers here and hope they come true.

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    Chua mot cot

    by euzkadi Written Oct 16, 2005

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    This beautiful and small pagoda was constructed by the emperor Ly Thai, around 1040. Was destroyed by the french in 1954, and reconstructed by the new governement. it resembles a lotus flower.

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    The One-pillar Pagoda

    by worldkiwi Written Jul 21, 2005
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    While you're exploring the strange monumental Ho-Chi-Minh area in Hanoi, pop over to the One-pillar pagoda for a break from all the monstrous concrete!

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    Strange but nice

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Hanoi: One Pillar Pagoda

    Very strange construction.
    It's built of wood on a stone pillar and is said to look like a lotus blossom

    The original one from 1049 was replaced by this modern thing, dating from the fifties

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    One pillar pagoda

    by galy Written Apr 23, 2003

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    One pillar pagoda

    Originally constructed by Emperor Ly Thai Tong to commemorate the long awaited birth of an heir. Destroyed during the French War, and rebuilt by the government the in 1955

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