A symbol of gratitude

Last update at 09/14/2011 22:10. By Hanoi Local Guide.
A symbol of gratitude

A symbol of gratitude
By Hanoi Local Guide


The One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) is located between the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

The pagoda was built in 1049 (uncertain) and resembles a giant lotus blossom. According to a legend, King Ly Thai To was childless and dreamt one night that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Goddess of Compassion), who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. The King later married a young woman and a son was born to them. As a symbol of gratitude, he had the pagoda built and dedicated it to the Goddess.

The One-Pillar Pagoda is regarded, along with the Perfume Pagoda, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. I know size doesn’t matter, but the Pagoda was quite small and only took a few minutes to visit. However, it’s free to visit the One-Pillar Pagoda, and if you go you should also visit the Dien Huu Pagoda and take a look at the bo tree, which was a gift to Ho Chi Minh during a visit to India in 1958.

Styles:

View more other reviews of One Pillar Pagoda (9 reviews)

This is small pagoda

This is small pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is a small pagoda with one pillar in the middle if a lotus pond. This unique pagoda was built by...

Local Landmark

Local Landmark

The One Pillar Pagoda was originally built in the 11th Century. The story goes that the king wanted a son. After he...

Similar relax in a park

Similar relax in a park

Situated about a ten minute walk from Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or the Ba Dinh Square visiting here offers one a...

Not the original one, thanks to the French

Not the original one, thanks to the French

Within the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda attracts a steady stream of tourists and...

Pretty pagoda!

Pretty pagoda!

This pretty little pagoda dates from the 11th century. It rests on a single stone pillar that rises out of a lotus...

Dream came true

Dream came true

If you would like to give birth to a baby soon, visit the One Pillar Pagoda and give your offerings. Legend has it...

A Pagoda With One Pillar

A Pagoda With One Pillar

The One Pillar Pagoda is often mentioned to be one of Hanoi's most beautiful pagodas. Every tourist guidebook...

It's free

It's free

Honestly, I was quite dissapointed with this pagoda as it is rather small and overly touristy but it is unique and I...

Photos of One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda
Location Hanoi
Basin countries Vietnam

Top Hotels