Hanoi: One-Pillar Pagoda

One-Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
One-Pillar Pagoda – Image courtesy of Ruud/Wikimdeia Commons

Introducing the One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)

Tucked away between the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum stands the One-Pillar Pagoda, a charming wooden structure that sits on a stone pillar over a lake.

According to court records, the childless emperor Ly Thai Thong built the temple after dreaming that Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy, handed him a baby while seated on a lotus flower.

Shortly after, Ly Thai Tong married a young peasant girl who bore him a son and heir. As a way of expressing his thanks for this event, he constructed this pagoda in 1049.

A prayer here is said to bring fertility and good health.

Contact Information

Location: Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi
Admission: Free
Hours: Daily 6-11:30am & 2-6pm
Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 13 October, 2019
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