One Pillar Pagodaone of the most famous landmarks in Hanoi

Last Update: 23rd October 2020
Originally built in 1049, the One Pillar Pagoda is one of the landmarks in Hanoi. The original pagoda was destroyed in the war in 1954. The existing one was rebuilt in 1955 based on the original structure and the original location. The pagoda stands on a large stone pillar in the Lingzhao Pond.

One Pillar Pagoda Fast Facts

  • Name: One Pillar Pagoda (Diên Hựu tự)
  • Area: approx.9 x square meters
  • Things to do th​ere: Buddhism, Photography
  • Who visits: Buddhist Disciples, Photographers
  • Time required: 30 x minutes

What to expect at the One Pillar Pagoda

It is said that Lý Thái Tông dreamed that Guanyin Bodhisattva had held a baby, standing on the Lotus Platform. Before long, his wife gave birth to a a son. In order to show his gratitude to the Guanyin Bodhisattva, he made an order to build the One Pillar Pagoda.
The pillar is 1.25 meters long in diameter and 4 meters tall. It symbolizes the flower stalk. Four wooden brackets around the pillar make for a flower pattern. The body of the pagoda and the pouty eaves look like the petals. Lots of locals love to worship the Guanyin Bodhisattva for blessings of fertility and good conditions.

Best time to visit the One Pillar Pagoda

The best time to visit One Pillar Pagoda is in the morning.
You could visit it around the year.


How to get to the One Pillar Pagoda

As it is located near the Ho Chi Minh Museum, you could take Bus 9 and Bus 18 to the Stop of Le Hong Phong. And then walk to the pagoda. Alternatively, you could rent a vehicle to the pagoda.


Additional One Pillar Pagoda Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00
  • As at 23rd October 2020, visitors can explore the pagoda for free.
  • Please don’t wear shorts, skirts and slippers.

Interested in visiting the One Pillar Pagoda on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the One Pillar Pagoda, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.