One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

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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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    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 Padoga (Chùa Một Cột)

    by akkipaa Updated Jan 5, 2015

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    My problem with Hanoi is that there are too many spots to be considered as the Number One, impossible to make decision, so let's think that there is space for multiple #Ones. This Buddhist temple was known with name "Diên Hựu tự" which means "Long lasting happiness and good luck".

    The temple is located close to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and I recommend taking a walking round from Old Quarter to the mausoleum and planning this spot to the route.

    There's of course a legend behind: "According to legend, one ageing Emperor, who had no children, used to go to pagodas to pray Buddha for a son. One night, he dreamt that Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who was standing on a great lotus flower, gave the King a baby boy. Later Queen gave birth to a male child and the Emperor ordered the construction of a pagoda supported by only one pillar to resemble the lotus seat of his dream in the honor of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. There is a theory that the pagoda was built in a style of a lotus emerging out of the water".

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    One Pillar Pagoda

    by Willettsworld Written May 12, 2010

    This rather strange and, therefore, unique structure is located just to the right of the Ho Chi Minh Museum entrance. Originally built in 1049 of wood by Emperor Ly Thai To during the Ly Dynasty, the pagoda was vandalised and burned by the French in 1954 as they retreated from Hanoi - only to be rebuilt the following year out of wood again but attached to a concrete pillar. Legend states that the Emperor had a dream that he was given a son by the goddess of mercy, Quan An, while seated on a lotus flower. Soon afterwards, the Emperor married a peasant girl and had a son. The Emperor built the pagoda to honour the goddess, and it contains a statue of her and many sculptures of lotus flowers. Built over a lotus pond, the pagoda is extremely popular with childless couples and is also believed to have miraculous healing powers.

    Open: 6-11.30am & 2-6pm.

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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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    Chua Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda)

    by zuyao Written Dec 4, 2008

    If you would like to give birth to a baby soon, visit the One Pillar Pagoda and give your offerings. Legend has it that King Ly Thai To built this pagoda more than a thousand years ago as a sign of gratitude to goddess Quan Am after his dream for a baby came true.

    Entrance is free. The one pillar pagoda as its name suggest is an ancient pagoda sitted only one one concrete pillar in a lotus pool.

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    One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)

    by aukahkay Written Mar 7, 2006

    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 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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    a solo building surrounded by water

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

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

    The one pillar pegoda

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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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    One pillar pagoda

    by galy Written Apr 23, 2003

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    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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    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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    Strange but nice

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    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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    The One-pillar Pagoda

    by worldkiwi Written Jul 21, 2005

    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!

    One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi.

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