One Pillar Pagoda (Hanoi, Vietnam) Reviews
Newest Review: ... the atmosphere. Nevertheless, it must be the most popular ancient monument in Hanoi, and thousands of visitors are photographed in front of it. The pagoda is dedicated to Quan Am, the goddess of mother and child, to whom women without sons offer prayers. According to legend, she was wrongly accused of a transgression by her husband, who disowned her, so she adopted male dress and entered a monastery, only to be accused of fathering an illegitimate child, for which she accepted the blame. Only when close to death was her true identity known. When I first went to Vietnam I was surprised to see statues of this "Lady Buddha", havin... more
Customer One Pillar Pagoda (Hanoi, Vietnam) Reviews (1)
by - written on 01/01/10 (Very useful, 34 readings)
The One Pillar Pagoda is situated within the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex, Hanoi's most popular free day out. Though in theory more than 900 years old, there appears to be nothing of the original structure remaining; certainly not the one pillar, which is made of concrete. The pagoda was, after all, blown up by thhe French in 1954, and afterwards completely rebuilt. The rather slimy green pond in which it stands - the shape of the temple resembles a lotus flower - doesn't add to the atmosphere. Nevertheless, it must be the most popular ancient monument in Hanoi, and thousands of visitors are photographed in front of it. The pagoda is dedicated to Quan Am, the ... Read the complete review
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