One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) Tours

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Legend has it that while Emperor Ly Thai Tong was troubled about being childless, he dreamt that he met the bodhisattva, Quan Am, who, sitting on a lotus flower, offered him a son. Soon after he married a peasant girl who bore him a son, and in gratitude he built the One Pillar Pagoda (or Chua Mot Cot) in the design of a lotus flower on its stem rising from a square pond.

The original temple was destroyed by the French Union in 1954, it was rebuilt on a single concrete pillar of 1.25 meter (4 foot) diameter. The temple itself is made from wood and bears a statue of Quan Am, to whom it is dedicated, inside.

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The One-Pillar Pagoda is situated in the park behind Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Half-light at early morning or sunset gives a beautiful and mysterious photographic view of the temple and its reflection across the pond.

Location
Address: Off Pho Chua Mot Cot, Ban Dinh District, Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hours: Open daily 6am - 6pm
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Admission: Free
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