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one pillar pagoda
Located in Ngoc Ha, in the Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, on the west side of the ancient capital of Thang Long. The One Pillar Pagoda is architecturally-unique example of Vietnam's pagodas.


It was first built in 1049 during the Ly Dynasty, on the west side of the ancient capital of Thang Long. Its original name was Dien Huu, expressing a wish for longevity of the second Ly emperor. The pagoda has the shape of a lotus blooming on its stem. Legends said that King Ly Thai To was old but had no son.

One night, in a dream the king saw the goddess of Mercy sitting on a lotus flower offering him a male child. Shortly after that the queen got pregnant and she gave birth to a son. The king thanked the goddess by ordering the construction of this pagoda in the form of a lotus and named it Dien Huu, meaning long lasting happiness and good luck.

The One Pillar Pagoda is the reconstruction in miniature of the large, ancient, royal Buddhist building.
 
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