One pillar pagoda– an iconic historic site in Hanoi

Nestled in the western part of the city, near Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ong Ich Khiem St., Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District. Hanoi one pillar church within a unique structure is a group of buildings including temples and buildings constructed in the heart of the lake. 

                            Illustration: Picture of Hanoi one pillar church in front

As traveling in Hanoi, you may come to various other monuments, parks and historical places. Yet, it is your big mistake without visiting 1pillar pagoda because of its reflects the architectural splendor that Vietnam has grown. Also, it makes Hanoi becomes a charming destination in Vietnam

Its unique can description such as the top is dark, engrave wood shaped to resemble a lotus flower. The single pillar base it balances on was once also wood, but in the modern version, it’s rather ugly bare concreteAs time went by, the pagoda is destroyed too many times caused by the colonial powers. In 1954, the French Union forces destroyed the pagoda before withdrawing from Vietnam after the First Indochina War, and it was rebuilt afterward.

Hanoi one pillar church with the long history

Following the legend, the pagoda started being built up under Ly’s dynasty in 1049. emperor Ly Thai To of the Ly dynasty, who had no children, used to go to pagodas to pray to buddha for a son. One night he dreams of handing him a baby son while seated on a lotus flowerWhen he woke up, he was advised by Thien Tue monk to build the pillar-based on his dream and topping it with the lotus of the Holy lady with firstly meaning long lasting happiness and good luck. Annual April 8th in Lunar Calendar, the King came to the pagoda for Buddha bathing ceremony and afterward, released a bird.
In 1105, King Ly Nhan Tong extended the pagoda by adding Linh Chieu bond. However, time has erased everything but the limited area like what we see now. Near the pagoda, there’s a bodhi tree. This is the gift from Rajendra Prasad- Indian presidents to Ho Chi Minh President.

One pillar church – the most popular stop when coming to Ha Noi

Here and now, the pagoda is a new version recovered in 1955 when it was refurbished with a concrete pillar from its remnants by the Vietnamese government. Today's structure can be just called the copy of the original pagoda, which was a large building. Locals believe that if you pray here, it will invoke well-beings and prosperity. 
Nowadays, It has become one of the most delightful architectural complexes in Hanoi, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. Besides, One pillar church is often used as a symbol for Hanoi and remains one of the city’s most honor sights in a beautifully tranquil garden setting with benches provided for comfortable contemplationThe pagoda is open from 08:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m every day. Entrance is absolutely free. To keep comfortable, remember to wear full-length clothes as you visit the One-Pillar Pagoda as well as other pagodas in Vietnam.