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.
Location: Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi
Hours: Daily 6-11:30am & 2-6pm