The One-pillar pagoda or Dien Huu pagoda, has one of the most special architectures in Vietnam. The pagoda is situated next to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, right in the center of Hanoi.
The One Pillar Pagoda is one of the symbols of Hanoi capital. It has a unique architecture, shaped like a stylized lotus rising from the water. It’s also honored to be the most unique architecture in Asia.
The pagoda was started to be built under Ly’s dynasty (Emperor Lý Thái Tông, who ruled from 1028 to 1054). The temple is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter, and it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond. In 1954, the French Union forces destroyed the pagoda before withdrawing from Vietnam after the First Indochina War, It was rebuilt afterwards.
Today’s form: What you see today of the pagoda is a new form 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 replica of the original pagoda, which was a large building. Locals believe that if you pray here, it will invoke well-beings and prosperity.
Opening time: The pagoda is open daily from 08:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m. Entrance is free.
Note: Remember to wear full-length clothes as you visit the One-Pillar Pagoda as well as other pagodas in the nation.