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A Guide to One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

When traveling to Vietnam, seeing the One-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi seems to be a highlighted part of cultural destinations. It is considered to be one of the most unique pagodas in Asia, with a design that resembles a lotus flower, rising from the center of a  square-shaped pond.

Brief History of the One-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

The One-Pillar Pagoda was built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong in his 26th year of ruling. The legend has that, the Emperor was a man of no child. After a dream of meeting “Quan The Am Bo Tat”, the Goddess of Mercy, Ly Thai Tong married a young peasant girl and had a son. As a way of expressing his gratitude, he ordered to construct a pagoda in 1049.

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One-Pillar Pagoda looks like a growing lotus flower

The One-Pillar Pagoda is made from wood on a single stone pillar which creates the shape of a lotus blossom and has been renovated several times, most recently in 2013. It serves as a symbol of Hanoi and remains one of the city’s most popular attractions in a beautifully tranquil garden setting.

Location of the One-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

Located in the city center, within the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, One-Pillar Pagoda can easily be found. 

Address: 2 Hung Vuong Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Opening hours:
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM (Tuesday to Thursday)
7:30 AM – 11 AM (Saturday and Sunday)
Close on Monday and Friday
Entrance fee: Free

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A Guide to One-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi: Local Tips

Wear Politely

Like visiting any other pagodas in Vietnam, your clothes should cover your chest, shoulders, and legs. Carrying a scarf is recommended. See more at Clothing Etiquettes in Vietnam for Foreign Visitors.

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The regulation is well-stated in these signs

Follow the Instructions

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Before getting inside, everyone needs to go through a security check

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Visitors making their way to the Pagoda

Pack Lightly

You don’t need to bring much to the One-Pillar Pagoda. Just your camera for taking pictures, umbrellas in case of raining and spare changes of clothes if needed.

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There are several small shops where you can buy snacks and drinks

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You can take a small break on these benches

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 Ho Chi Minh Museum is also in the Mausoleum Complex

Check out our Full Guide to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

A Guide to One-Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi: Summary

To enjoy the tranquil side of Hanoi, there’s no better place than the One-Pillar Pagoda. Should any difficulty arise during your trip, don’t hesitate to ask locals around, they surely are the friendliest people when it comes to that!

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