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.

Practical Info

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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Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

Get a feel for Hanoi on a private sightseeing tour. Your own personal guide shares the city’s highlights and local culture, with your choice of itineraries that both include the Old Quarter. Choose a morning departure and see the Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Depart in the afternoon for the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
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Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour

Discover the best of Hanoi and its highlights on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Ba Dinh complex, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the One-Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and much more. Learn about the rich history and culture of Vietnam as you explore the city with your private guide and enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, included in the tour.
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Private Full-Day Halong Bay Tour Including Cruise, Kayaking and Surprising Cave

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10-Day Best of Vietnam Tour from Hanoi

Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on this epic 10-day tour of Vietnam. Along the way, enjoy guided sightseeing tours of Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City; admire the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise; and visit historic sites such as the Imperial City of Hue, the My Son Sanctuary, and the Cu Chi Tunnels.
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Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show

Spend a day in Hanoi sightseeing around the capital with a guide who shares knowledgeable insight about its top attractions. Learn about Vietnamese cultural history at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and Temple of Literature. You’ll stroll the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter and enjoy a local lunch. Opt to extend your evening with admission to a water puppet show.
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Discover the wealth of landmarks and fascinating history of Hanoi during this flexible-length city tour. Visit the final resting place of 20th century Vietnam’s iconic leader at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You’ll also check out other notable Hanoi attractions including One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake and the city’s Museum of Ethnology. This Hanoi city visit includes round-trip hotel transport, a guide, lunch and site entrance fees.
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Discover the culture and history of Hanoi on a full day of sightseeing around the Vietnamese capital. This private tour is led by a personal guide who introduces you to local life, past and present. You’ll tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake. Your itinerary includes lunch with the option to upgrade for private hotel transport.
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Highlights of Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Discover Hanoi's dynamic energy and ancient traditions on a full-day tour of the city's highlights that features a Vietnamese lunch in an Old Quarter restaurant. You'll see a long list of landmarks that include the historic Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and Hoan Kiem Lake, with a guide to share stories about local history and culture. This full-day tour of Hanoi offers the convenience of pickup and drop-off at hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter, and all entrance fees are included.
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Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour

See major attractions in the capital city of Hanoi on a private 3.5-hour tour, departing in the morning or afternoon. Unlock Vietnam’s rich history at its cultural heart, heading to popular sights that include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Quan Thanh Temple. Stroll to West Lake with a personal guide at your side and cast your gaze on picturesque Tran Quoc Pagoda before a visit to the Old Quarter.
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Hanoi City Day Trip

Explore Vietnam’s vibrant capital on a comprehensive full-day sightseeing tour. Unravel some of Hanoi’s complex history as you follow your guide to Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum; pose for photos by the landmark One-Pillar Pagoda and visit the beautiful Temple of Literature. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), explore a different side to Vietnam’s history with either a tour of the Women’s Museum or a visit to Hoa Lo prison. Finally, wind through the historic lanes of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a traditional cyclo (pedicab) ride.
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Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

Explore vibrant Hanoi with a private guide on a full-day sightseeing tour that hits all the highlights of Vietnam's capital city. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, in addition to sites such as One Pillar Pagoda and Ngoc Son Temple. You'll also attend a water puppet show and see the Old Quarter up close on a cyclo tour. Your tour includes a typical and tasty Vietnamese breakfast and lunch, plus Vietnamese coffee to start your day and a local beer to wind down.
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Discover Hanoi on an 8.5-hour city tour that introduces you to major attractions such as the Old Quarter and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). With a guide, learn about the city's history as you visit One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, and the Temple of Literature. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Full-Day Hanoi City Group Tour

This full-day tour of Hanoi offers great value for first-time visitors. As you head to must-see Hanoi sights such as One Pillar Pagoda and Hoan Kiem Lake, your guide fills you in on stories about the city that you might have missed on your own. Lunch, entrance fees, and transportation are included, too, so you don’t have any surprise expenses.
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Hanoi Discovery Half Day (Private)

With limited time in Hanoi, this half-day tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the city’s most memorable sights. Benefit from the undivided attention of your private guide as you visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Continue to Hoan Kiem Lake, where highlights include the Opera House and Ngoc Son Temple.
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Hanoi Full-Day City Tour Including Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

Hanoi is riddled with ancient buildings and cultural landmarks; this day trip takes you around several of those significant sights. Instead of wasting time researching where to go or getting lost in the hectic Hanoi streets, take a nimble pedal-taxi around popular historic highlights like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and One Pillar Pagoda. End the day with a traditional water puppet performance on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake.
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Hanoi City Tour Full Day join in small group tour with lunch

Explore Hanoi’s rich culture and fascinating history on this all-day guided tour. After a convenient pickup from the cruise ship port, travel by air-conditioned minivan to see Ho Chi Minh’s burial place and one-time home, historic pagodas, and important museums. Take a relaxing stroll around beloved Hoan Kiem Lake, check out the Old Quarter’s “36 Streets,” and enjoy a delicious lunch included in the tour price.
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Full-Day Hanoi Capital City Tour

Get a personal introduction to the dynamic, historical city of Hanoi with a full-day, private tour of the city’s most important sites. Stroll through a peaceful island pagoda, then explore a romantic Taoist temple from the 11th century. Trace Vietnam’s history from ancient kings to Ho Chi Minh, discover a garden temple, and spin through Hanoi’s colorful Old Quarter in an old fashioned, bicycle-powered cyclo.
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Private Tour: Ha Noi City Tour Half Day

Visit the highlights of Hanoi on this private half-day sightseeing tour. The itinerary includes stops at Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Plus, see Vietnam’s first university, Quoc Tu Giam, which is known for its gardens and architecture.
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Hanoi Sightseeing full day (Private)

• Hanoi Capital and its historical & cultural heritage • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a sacred historical symbol • The beautiful One Pillar Pagoda • The enchanting Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple • Hanoi’s Old Quarter and its “36 streets” by cyclo
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full Day Highlights Sightseeing of Hanoi City Tour

Join this private tour with your friends or family members to explore Hanoi city. In this tour you will get chance to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu Temple, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake Museum of Ethnology. A good overview of Hanoi.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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5-Day Golfing Tour of Northern Vietnam with Halong Bay Cruise

Embark on this 5-day tour of Northern Vietnam at a 4 or 5-star with a professional guide and small-group of no more than 15. Play golf at top resorts such as the Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club and the King’s Island Golf Course as you travel. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Halong Bay and sightseeing of the incredible city of Hanoi.
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