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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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  • The name is way cooler than it really is. There is also a line to get up to it. Don't wait in line. Just take a picture from anywhere and that is sufficient. The inside is very small and looks like ev...  more »
  • Let me preface this by saying this is my personal view and it depends a lot on personal tastes. I found this Pagoda to be very small and not interesting at all. I could see many who went there to offe...  more »
  • This was, for us anyway, simply a photo opp while walking through the HCM palace gardens. If you are there anyway, definitely go buy and take a picture.  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.
  • 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.
  • Only an hour or so is required to visit, but it is really interesting. Very tranquil by Ho Chi Minh's pillar house.
  • 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.
  • 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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