One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda

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Nestled in the heart of Hanoi, the One Pillar Pagoda stands as a testament to Vietnamese history, culture, and architectural brilliance. For travelers seeking a profound connection with the spiritual and historical tapestry of Vietnam, this iconic pagoda offers an immersive journey into the country's rich past and enduring traditions.

A Glimpse into History

The One Pillar Pagoda, known as "Chùa Một Cột" in Vietnamese, has a storied history dating back to the 11th century. Emperor Ly Thai Tong, inspired by a dream of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, commissioned the construction of the pagoda in 1049. The dream portrayed the Bodhisattva, seated on a lotus flower, handing the emperor a male child. Taking this as a divine sign, the emperor built the pagoda as an expression of gratitude for the birth of his heir.

The pagoda's unique design, resembling a lotus blossom emerging from the water, adds to its cultural and historical significance. The lotus holds symbolic importance in Vietnamese culture, representing purity, enlightenment, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

The architectural marvel of the One Pillar Pagoda lies in its single, sturdy pillar supporting a small wooden temple. The pillar, constructed from wood, is said to represent a lotus stem rising from the water. The wooden temple atop the pillar is designed to resemble a stylized lotus flower. The entire structure, though compact, exudes grace and harmony.

Over the centuries, the pagoda has undergone several renovations due to natural disasters and wars. The current structure, rebuilt in 1955, stands on a stone pedestal in the middle of a square-shaped pond. The reflection of the pagoda in the tranquil water creates a mesmerizing sight, adding to the spiritual ambiance of the surroundings.

Tranquil Setting

As you approach the One Pillar Pagoda, a sense of tranquility envelops you. The meticulously landscaped gardens surrounding the pagoda create an oasis of peace within the bustling city. The pond, adorned with blooming lotus flowers, mirrors the pagoda's elegance, fostering a serene atmosphere.

Visitors often find solace in the rhythmic chants and prayers echoing through the air as Buddhist monks and devotees engage in religious rituals. The pagoda serves as an active place of worship, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a deeper understanding of Vietnamese Buddhism.

Cultural Significance

Beyond its religious importance, the One Pillar Pagoda is a cultural gem that reflects the resilience of the Vietnamese people. Despite facing the ravages of time and history, the pagoda stands tall, embodying the spirit of a nation that has weathered countless storms.

The pagoda's cultural significance extends to its role as a symbol of good fortune and fertility. Couples often visit the pagoda, praying for the blessing of children and a harmonious family life. The belief in the pagoda's power to bring prosperity and happiness has made it a cherished destination for both locals and tourists alike.

For the discerning traveler, the One Pillar Pagoda transcends its role as a historic site and becomes a gateway to the soul of Vietnam. The pagoda's profound connection to Vietnamese history, its architectural splendor, and the spiritual serenity it offers make it an essential stop for those seeking an authentic and enriching cultural experience. As you wander through the serene gardens and contemplate the significance of each pillar and petal, the One Pillar Pagoda invites you to delve deeper into the timeless allure of Vietnam's cultural heritage.

Nearby Attractions


Temple Of Literature

886 meter away

Hoa Lo Prison

2 km away

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Muito lindo, bem preservado, tranquilo.
Буддийский храм в центре Ханоя.Построен из дерева,на одном столбе -диаметром 1,25 метра, напоминает цветок лотоса.Построен в начале 11 века императором Ли Тхай Тонгом.
Tranquil. I like it
Chùa sạch đẹp , sạch . 1 ngôi chùa có kiến trúc độc đáo , 1 địa điểm tâm linh nổi tiếng ở thủ đô Hà Nội
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The One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple located in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. It is regarded as one of the most iconic and important landmarks in the city. The pagoda was originally built in 1049 during the reign of Emperor Ly Thai Tong. The structure is designed to resemble a lotus blossom emerging from the water, and it holds significant cultural and religious significance for the Vietnamese people. The One Pillar Pagoda is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of Hanoi's rich history and architectural heritage.
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못꼿사원은 베트남 국보 1호라고 하고, 이름에 걸맞게 멎지고 볼만 했습니다. 호치민주석궁, 호치민관저와 함께 묶어서 둘러 보시면 좋습니다. 못꼿사원 바로 앞에 생 코코넛 파는 작은 상점도 있으니 쉬었다 가기도 좋아요. ※ 못꼿사원 = 한기둥사원
Una pagoda preciosa con una pequeña peculiaridad, y es que la estructura en sí se sostiene sobre un pilar de hormigón en medio de un estanque. Es pequeña pero tiene su encanto, totalmente recomendada.
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Chùa Một Cột nằm trong khu Lăng Bác, không tốn phí mua vé tham quan. Thật sự đẹp và cảnh quan thanh bình, nhưng lúc mình đi thì du khách nước ngoài đông quá nên khá ồn ào.
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Nơi tôn nghiêm một cột
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It was first day of lunar calendar month when we were there. This pagoda is situated inside HCM Museum. It’s a very peaceful pagoda. The entrance to this pagoda is nearer to the museum if you just needed to do praying.
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A little gem to discover while in Hanoi. I was happily surprised by the one pillar pagoda, probably with the Emmanuel cathedral the best monument to visit while in Hanoi. For sure worth a visit.
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One pillar pagoda holds a unique architectural structure. The pagoda is located inside the lake with a square structure lying on a stone pillar. It was built in the 10th century, and the pagoda is located inside Ho chi minh mausoleum. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom which is a Buddhist symbol of purity. The whole construction is built on a single pillar, which is planted in the middle of a lotus pond. The unique structure, history and culture makes one pillar pagoda one of the most significant symbols of Hanoi and a great destination to visit. There is no entry fee. Avoid shorts and sleeveless dresses. In 2012, One Pillar Pagoda was granted the title of the most unique architectural monument, by the Asian records association in India. During the war in 1954, the One Pillar Pagoda was demolished by invaders’ bombs. After that, the government made major restorations to preserve the same.
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位於河內市巴亭廣場西南 供奉觀音 ,聽導遊說拜了可保佑生兒子 香火鼎盛,到巴陵廣場參觀時可順路來
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Magnifique petite pagode ♥️
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fajnie to odwiedzić
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Must visit place in Hanoi
Truyền thuyết kể lại rằng, chùa được xây dựng theo giấc mơ của vua Lý Thái Tông (1028-1054) và theo gợi ý thiết kế của nhà sư Thiền Tuệ. Vào năm 1049, vua đã mơ thấy được Phật bà Quan Âm ngồi trên tòa sen dắt vua lên tòa. Khi tỉnh dậy, nhà vua kể chuyện đó lại với bày tôi và được nhà sư Thiền Tuệ khuyên dựng chùa, dựng cột gỗ Lim như trong chiêm bao, làm tòa sen của Phật bà Quan Âm đặt trên cột như đã thấy trong mộng và cho các nhà sư đi vòng quanh tụng kinh cầu kéo dài sự phù hộ, vì thế chùa mang tên Diên Hựu.
Mình đã đi qua đây khá nhiều lần rồi. Đây đích thị là một biểu tượng của thủ đô, cũng như hồ gươm vậy. Chùa rất độc đáo khi có tin là chùa một cột. Các bạn trẻ nếu qua thủ đô nhất định phải ghé vào đây một lần
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Much much much more beautiful and interesting than mausoleum ;) very lovely temple
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Exploring the Temple. This historical gem allowed me to delve into Vietnam's rich past, making my last day here even more memorable.
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호치민 묘소와 호치민 박물관에 간다면 자연스럽게 들릴수 있는 곳입니다. 사람이 엄청 많네요. 관광객들로 가득 차 있습니다.
Beautiful place to stroll around. "Bags to back": Charming ladies concerned about the bags spoiling their picture.
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