"Yeap, it stands on Only ONE pillar" One Pillar Pagoda Tip by myspices

One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi: 45 reviews and 78 photos

  One Pillar Pagoda - it's really on one pillar
by myspices
 
 

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.

Address: Hung Vuong
Directions: Ba Dinh area ( pagoda is between the HCM's mausoleum and Museum)

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  • Written Feb 1, 2006
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