One Pillar Pagoda | Hanoi attractions

One Pillar Pagoda | Hanoi attractions

One Pillar Pagoda is the symbolic image of Hanoi Capital. It will be nice to contemplate its special architecture : a lotus shaped pagoda ...when doing your visit to our thousand year old capital of Hanoi

The core values of One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda (or Chua Mot Cot) is a special relic, the most iconic image of the capital, with its long historical, cultural & architectural values.

Firstly, in term of historical value, the temple was built in 1049 in the 11th century, also the time when Hanoi was chosen as the heart of Vietnam.This pagoda has witnessed  the ups & downs of Hanoi history with many historical events up to now.That is why Chua Mot Cot is considered as a very close symbol for any Hanoian to think of when they live far from Hanoi capital.

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Secondly, this relic contains its great cultural values from the beginning stage of Hanoi history as Vietnam’s capital.Since Vietnam ended a thousand year Chinese domination, Buddhism became prominient in the country’s politics & cultures.The monk could even choose the king for the nation represented in the power transition between Pre-Le dynasty and Ly dynasty ( The head monk Van Hanh chose Ly Thai To to be the nation’s official king in 1009 and then the capital was removed to Hanoi in 1010).Many pagogas were broadly built in every corner of the country for its buddhish followers.Building One Pillar Pagoda is just one of them in that process to affirm the development of Buddhism in Vietnam at that time.

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Moreover, this pagoda has a unique architecture that you can’t find anywhere : a square wooden floor, put on a stone pillar in the middle of the pond. Around the stone pillar, there is a system of curved iron wood bars to support the floor; thus, the entire structure looks like a blooming lotus flower upright from the water.

The history of One Pillar Pagoda

Different with other pagodas,this pagoda has a beautiful shape of a blooming lotus flower constructed following the king’s dream.Legend has it that the King Ly Thai Tong (1028 – 1054) was old but he had no son.He went to many pagodas to pray for having one.One night, the King dreamed about Guan Yin Buddha sitting on a lotus, carrying a boy and giving it to the King. Shortly after, the queen gave birth to a wonderful son. So happy, the king had a lotus-shaped pagoda built similar to his dream in honor of Quan Yin Buddha in 1049. This unique shape of the pagoda together with the special story has been of great absorption to hundreds of thousands of international tourists!It is the place that Vietnamese commonly come to pray for good health, happines & prosperity and to childless couples, having a child.

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The original pagoda was much larger than it is now. However, on September 11th, 1954, before withdrawing from the capital, the French set mine to destroy the Pagoda, only the pillar with some wooden beams remained. After taking over Hanoi, the Government implemented the restoration of the pagoda as it is now

Today, along with the Temple of Litterature, One Pillar Pagoda (restored in 1954), is commonly used as a symbol of thousand year culture Hanoi.

How to get to One Pillar Pagoda?

One Pillar Pagoda is just next to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, 3km far from Hoan Kiem lake.In your visit to Ho Chi Minh complex, you can call on this iconic pagoda.You can take a walk, taxi or motobike for a visit to this sight.However, if you like to learn more about Hanoi’s culture, history and to visit other attractions in Hanoi, you can join us in Hanoi city tour which already includes One Pillar Pagoda as one stop in our itinerary. We are happy to support you and be your trusted friend for your enjoyable holiday in Hanoi, Vietnam.For further information of any travel service, please, send us your request to or visit our website for more reference. See you in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Opening time: The pagoda is open daily from 08:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m. Entrance is free.

Notes : Remember to wear full-length clothes as you visit the One-Pillar Pagoda as well as other pagodas in the nation.

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