One Pillar Pagoda

Hanoi, Vietnam

One Pillar Pagoda

The One Pillar Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Một Cột 񣘠𠬠榾, formally belongs to an architecture complex called Diên Hựu tự [延祐寺] which means Extend Bless pagoda. The pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple in the central Ba Đình district (near the Thăng Long Citadel), Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The most famous part of this architecture complex is Liên Hoa Đài [蓮花臺] (means Lotus Station) which is a temple with special structure: a building laid on one pillar. The original pagoda was built in 1049, had some additions and be perfected in 1105. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.

The temple was built by Emperor Lý Thái Tông, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to the court records, Lý Thái Tông was childless and dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. Lý Thái Tông then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son. The emperor constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049, having been told by a monk named Thiền Tuệ to build the temple, by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream.



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