The One Pillar Pagoda, also known as One Pillar Pagoda or Pagoda Column one is in Ba Dinh district of Hanoi, near the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Buddhist Temple shaped lotus Century XI (Ly Dynasty).

One pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda or One Pillar Pagoda


The Pagoda of the one pillar (Một Cột Chùa in Vietnamese) also known with the name of a single pillar Pagoda or Pagoda of a single column, is located in the district Ba Đinh of the city of Hanoi, A few meters from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Must-see tourist spot during our stay in the city of Hanoi, I guess because of its proximity to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or by the curious thing about its structure, which resembles a Lotus Flower, since throughout the territory of Vietnam there are others pagodas the same characteristics.

The One Pillar Pagoda
The One Pillar Pagoda


This small and curious Buddhist temple is unique in the world, since its structure, inspired by the Lotus, has not been replicated in any other city in the world. What has led to this Pagoda to become one of the icons of the city of Hanoi.

Structure of the One Pillar Pagoda

As we have seen, the structure of this Pagoda resembles a Lotus Flower. Consists of a column of stone, 1.25 meters in diameter, on which rest a few wooden pillars supporting the whole. Order to reach the interior of the Pagoda of a pillar only, a few stone steps. The overall dimensions of this Pagoda are approximately 4 meters high, 2 meters wide.

Single Column Pagoda Hanoi
Single Column Pagoda Hanoi

As a lotus flower in question, the Pagoda is among a small artificial lake, surrounded by green gardens where trees and a couple of wooden benches are perfect allies to regain strength and take a couple of photographs.

Stairs One Pillar Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)
Stairs One Pillar Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)

Inside the One Pillar Pagoda

This small pagoda houses inside an altar in honor of Buddha, where legend and / or Vietnamese tradition, couples who wish to be blessed with many children, should go to this place and make an offering.
Newly married women usually go to the One Pillar Pagoda with fruit and incense offerings, to pay their respects to Buddha and be blessed with fertility and marriage.

Access to a single column Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)
Access to a single column Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)

Single Column Pagoda
Single Column Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)

Story Pagoda Single Column

The small Buddhist temple of the Lotus Flower dates back to the 11th century, inheritance of the Ly dynasty. The Emperor Ly Thai Tong sent this Pagoda was built after the birth of his son, the fruit of the union with a commoner. According to the writings, the Emperor Lý had a dream during his youth, in which the goddess Avalokiteshvara Buddhist mother, which rested on a Lotus Flower, made you delivery of your child.

A single pillar Pagoda
One pillar pagoda

Visiting Hours of One Pillar Pagoda

A single Pilar de Hanoi Pagoda can be visited every day from 9: 00 until the 17: 00. Free and open access.

Poster on the One Pillar Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)
Poster on the One Pillar Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)

Getting to the One Pillar Pagoda?

The area which houses the Pagoda is pedestrian, a few meters from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and a couple of streets Embassy of Spain in Vietnam. We recommend walking up to the area, thus visiting on our way the Citadel of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum. A taxi will cost approximately 2€ from the center of Hanoi (the Hoan Kiem) and for the more adventurous, they can use any Moto-taxi services (if you want to know the why of adventurers, you recommend watching some videos shot with a camera aboard a motorbike in Saigon).

Lake One Pillar Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)
Lake One Pillar Pagoda. Hanoi (Vietnam)


Videos of the One Pillar Pagoda

In this video you can see the stairs leading to the pagoda and altar found inside, where women come to pray Vietnamese and offerings, and that this tradition will ensure children the couple.


Foreign and gardens around the One Pillar Pagoda (Pagoda or a single column). Where can we see the artificial lake and the structure of lotus flower shape that simulates this Pagoda.


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