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One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

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Religious Site
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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  • A must see for tourists to Hanoi. Close to the mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh museum. Pagodas are a very traditional sight in Vietnam and they are all over the place. This one is the only one built on one ...  more »
  • Excellent view of the one pillar pagoda. It was surrounded by a water pond full of lotus plants with blooming pink colour flowers. Very nice relaxing environment.There were some Buddha flags and statu...  more »
  • This unique Pagoda is part of the Ho Chi Minh complex and is worth visiting as part of your trip to the Mausoleum. There is not much to see otehr than its unique construction. My wife was able to go u...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A small pagoda (though revered historically) was not really unique to see, and we took a 10 second glance before we decided it was not worth working our way through the lines of souvenirs stalls and packs of Chinese tourists.
  • kind if interesting, nothing really special but worth stopping by if near by