Sadly, the first One Pillar Pagoda was destroyed during the French War. The new Vietnamese government rebuilt the temple in ... More
One Pillar Pagoda
Sadly, the first One Pillar Pagoda was destroyed during the French War. The new Vietnamese government rebuilt the temple in 1955. It was originally constructed by Emperor Ly Thai Tong to commemorate the long-awaited birth of an heir. He believed that the heir had been foretold in a dream about the Goddess of Mercy handing him a male child on a lotus flower. He then built the original small wooden pagoda to resemble a lotus blossom to pay tribute to his good fortune.
Things are interesting when you come to see a foreign civilization. It makes you feel amazed so that you will get deeply into it. One-pillar pagoda is one of these interestingt things. I appreciate this cultural place.
It is located in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, near the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Alright, it's really beautiful and the tale about it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Built in 1049, One-pillar pagoda is a pagoda with only one pillar. You will think it's really weird. Yes, really weird. It was build based on a dream of King Le. He dreamt of Phat Ba Quan Am, sitting in a big lotus and she came to him, took him to the lotus. So, when he woke up, he imagined the dream and built this pagoda. The tale was really interesting. When I heard of this, I really wanted to find the full tale about this, and also wanted to know more about Buddism.
Come to it at least once, and you'll never regret.
The Pagoda is an architectural gem unique to Vietnam with only one Pillar. People say that it was first constructed in 1049 during the early Ly dynasty. According to a legend, Ly Thai To (The King) dreamed of the goddess Quan Am sitting inside a lotus leaf and offering him a son. Follow that belief, the Emperor married a peasant girl who soon gave birth to a male heir. In gratitude, the king built this pagoda to honor the goddess. Some have said that the pagoda represents a lotus climbing out of the water.
The pagoda was destroyed a number of times over the centuries, most recently in 1954 during the French Colonial retreat, but was reconstructed in its present form in 1955 with a concrete pillar.
One Pillar Pagoda was constructed to celebrate the tale of the heirless Emperor Ly Thai Tong, who dreamt about receiving a son from the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion, seated on a lotus flower. He married shortly after and bore a son, and the pagoda was built to honour the event. It is the most interesting of the city�s numerous pagodas, and beneath the ornate curved roof people come to pray for fertility and wellbeing, with allegedly miraculous effects. The unique wooden structure was designed to resemble a lotus flower, the Buddhist representation of enlightenment, emerging out of the water, with the single stone pillar its symbolic stalk.
The pagoda is to the West of Ha Noi and was built in the time of King Ly Thai Tong. Legend has it that the king had no sons although he was rather advanced in years. So he often frequented pagodas. One night in his dream, he saw the Goddess of Mercy, Avalokistevara, appear standing on a lotus pedestal in a square lake to the West of the city, handing a son to hum. Later a son was born to him so he ordered a One - pillar pagoda to be built in dedication to the Kwan Yin Buddha.
The pagoda's original structure is in the shape of the square (each side is three meters wide), look like a lotus emerging out of the water which is placed on a big stone pillar (its diameter is 1.20m) in the middle of a square lake.
Every month, on the first and fifteenth, the king together with the queen, her attendants and courtiers, went to the pagoda to pay homage to the Buddha. Every year on April 8 (lunar year) the king went to the pagoda on the eve of the Buddha's birthday to keep himself pure and calm and to prepare for the Buddha-bathing ceremony the following morning. On that day, there was a grand ceremony called Le Phong Sinh (animal - releasing ceremony) in front of the pagoda. After the Buddha-bathing ceremony, the king stood on a high platform, began releasing a bird. Then came turn of monks and nuns who did the same thing. So on that day sky was filled with release birds.
(Chua Mot Cot). The French destroyed this temple on their way out in 1954. It was reconstructed by the new government and still commemorates the legend of Emperor Ly Thai Tong. It is said that the childless emperor dreamed that Quan Am, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion, seated on a lotus flower, handed him a baby boy. Sure enough, he soon met and married a peasant woman who bore him a male heir, and in 1049 he constructed this monument in appreciation. The distinctive single pillar is meant to represent the stalk of the lotus flower, a sacred Vietnamese symbol of purity. The pillar was originally a single large tree trunk; today it's made of more durable cement. An ornate curved roof covers the tiny 10-square-ft pagoda, which rises out of a square pond. Steps leading to the pagoda from the south side of the pond are usually blocked off, but if there aren't too many people around, a monk may invite you into this miniature prayer room.
Just a few yards from the One-Pillar Pagoda is Dien Huu Pagoda, a delightful but often-overlooked temple enclosing a bonsai-filled courtyard. A tall and colorful gate opens out onto the path leading to the Ho Chi Minh Museum, but the entrance is opposite the steps to the One-Pillar Pagoda. COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 6 AM-6 PM; 6 AM-9 PM on the 1st and 15th of every lunar month.
Special and famous for its architecture, entire the pagoda is held up by only one pillar, imitating the feature of a lotus (symbol of Buddhism). All the building is situated in the middle of a pond of lotus.
The pagoda was built in 1049 during the Ly dynasty. At this time, the Buddhism was becoming popular in Vietnam.
It was also at Ha Noi that the unique one-pillar pagoda ( Chùa Một Cột ) was erected in 1049 by king Lý Thái Tông on a strong wooden pillar in the style of ancient temples of ancestors. According to legend, the king afflicted by not having a descendant, saw in his dream Quan Âm, the Goddess of Compassion. Sitting on a lotus flower, she gave him a son. Shortly after that, a young country girl that he made favorite, gave him an heir. In witness of his gratitude, he had this pagoda erected in the middle of a pond of lotus flowers.
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