The One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

It is almost a thousand years old. In another in a long line of despicable pointless destructive acts committed by colonial military forces, the French destroyed the nearly 1000-year-old pagoda in 1954 on their way out. The Vietnamese government subsequently rebuilt it.

The version that’s there now sits above a small lake, tucked just behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi.

The One Pillar Pagoda

The One Pillar Pagoda is today considered one of Vietnam’s most iconic Buddhist temples.

Rising from one pillar in the centre of an elegantly square shaped lotus pond, The One Pillar Pagoda is said to represent a lotus flower growing up out of the water.

The little temple is constructed from wood based on a single stone pillar crafted into the shape of a lotus blossom. The One Pillar Pagoda is often used as a symbol for Hanoi and remains one of the city’s most revered sights in a beautifully tranquil garden setting with benches provided for comfortable contemplation. The shrine inside the pagoda is dedicated to the Vietnamese Buddhist deity Quan Am with her effigy nestled inside the tiny three square metres temple.

Address: One Pillar Pagoda street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi capital, Viet Nam

Entrance fee: Free