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One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

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Perched on a single stone pillar erected in the middle of a lotus pond, One Pillar Pagoda rises like a flower from the water. Climb a dozen stairs to access this iconic 11th-century wooden temple and see its gilt statue of Guanyin, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, surrounded by colorful offerings. Many people come to pray to this goddess for fertility. Originally built in the midst of a swamp, this tiny temple with flying eaves now overlooks a small lotus pool inside a tranquil park. A popular spot included in most tours of Hanoi, the temple holds many prayer ceremonies throughout the day. Add One Pillar Pagoda to your Hanoi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hanoi tourist route planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Expected me something more shocking, but it is loose. In addition to a photo it is extremely complicated, tail
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  • August 17, 2017
    In the middle of a Lotus pond stands a column upon which rests this pagoda in miniature. Very close to other attractions in the city, his visit is a must and is part of the journey through the most emblematic places in Hanoi, such as the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh City.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A very special place for Vietnamese, but worth a detour m.i.. Nice to see, if you already have arrived at the Mausoleum.
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  • June 9, 2017
    Historic-iconic One-Pillar Pagoda Buddhist temple. Mirroring the architectural splendour of Vietnam, the pagoda structure was completed in 1950s, sits on the lake stilts and its design represents a lotus merging from the water. A prayer at this temple is said to bring fertility (ahem!) and good health, oh-well, saying a prayer for me is still significant for god's blessings. Heavily promoted as a tourist attraction, we were among the many and in this quite a small area, I guess people forget about mannerism. Going up the stairs was like a mad rush and push. Still, I managed to cover the whole temple and within half an hour, our tour at One-Pillar Pagoda ended, we then journeyed to the Temple of Literature.
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice little Pagoda, but I would have expected more judging from the reviews. Interesting building but a little come down and in my eyes less spectacular than the pictures.
  • July 12, 2017
    Only an hour or so is required to visit, but it is really interesting. Very tranquil by Ho Chi Minh's pillar house.
  • May 16, 2017
    When I saw the photo, I thought it would be great. But when I first saw it, i was a little surprised because it was small. But it is also very beautiful.
  • May 11, 2017
    Though the reviews about the place are hyped with so much high expectations, it is just a small pagoda, on top of a small wide pillar in the middle of an artificial pond. Unfortunately, it is not a great tourist attraction or a place worth of visit, unless you want to worship the place. But if you are visiting mausoleum, you could drop by to check out this place.

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