ONE PILLAR PAGODA - VIỆT NAM
The One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột ) is an architectural gem unique to Vietnam. Tradition says that it was first constructed in 1049 during the early Lý dynasty. Legend has it that King Lý Thái Tổ dreamed of the goddess Quan Âm sitting on a lotus leaf and offering him a son. Struck by the dream, the Emperor married a peasant girl who soon provided him with a male heir. In gratitude, the king built this pagoda to honor the goddess. Some have said that the pagoda resembles 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 pill.