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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. Before you head to Hanoi, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Hanoi day trip website , to make sure you see all that Hanoi has to offer, including One Pillar Pagoda.
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  • This is in the gardens of the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and although a little different it wasn’t exactly that interesting but as you are already in the gardens have a look  more »
  • Really just small built temple on the water, supported with one pillar, you can hike up in less than ten second, see the gods in another ten second and go down in another less than ten second. Please ...  more »
  • More looks like a model than a real building this curious pagoda of very small size with around a thousand years old. Even though it is a significant building, its great merit is being sustained over the water by means of a single pillar, reason enough to develop on the dot-bound tourist concurrency for the city of Hanoi. The pagoda, which is considered by the particular structure unique in the world, is a Buddhist temple and is considered one of the icons representing the capital of Viet Nam.
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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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