One Pillar Pagoda - Pillar of the community
Posted On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 by Vietnam Discovery
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Located in the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum complex, the iconic One-Pillar Pagoda is an invaluable symbol of Vietnamese culture and spirituality.

Legend has it that the pagoda was built in 1049 after King Ly Thai Tong dreamed he was led to a lotus lamp by Avalokitesvara, a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. The king told his mandarins about this dream and some of them thought it was a bad omen. He was duly advised by a monk called Thien Tue to build a pagoda with a stone pillar in the middle and a lotus lamp above like he’d seen in his dream, and to ask the monks to recite the Buddhist sutras. For this reason, the pagoda was also named Dien Huu (Lasting Blessing).

During its long history, the One-Pillar Pagoda has experienced a number of restorations and transformations. In 1249 the Tran Dynasty rebuilt it and it was also repaired numerous times during the reign of the Le Dynasty. In 1954, it was destroyed by French troops and rebuilt the following year following the original design.
The pagoda is built in a square, 3 meters long on each side, and has a curved roof. It was built on a stone pillar 120m in diameters and 4m high, which are actually two overlapping posts skillfully joined together as one. The upper storey if formed by several pieces of wood which make up the solid frame, supporting the main section to resemble a lotus rising from a small square lake with a brick handrail. Visitors can climb up the beautiful stairs to see the statue of the Avalokitesvara and the Lotus Estrade to remind them of the king’s dream that inspired the pagoda.

        One Pillar Pagoda overview - Hanoi cultural city tour
                     Overview of One Pillar Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh Complex
 
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