ONE PILLAR PAGODA - VIỆT NAM


The One Pillar Pagoda (Cha Một Cột ) is an architectural gem unique to Vietnam. Tradition says that it was first constructed in 1049 during the early L dynasty. Legend has it that King L Thi Tổ dreamed of the goddess Quan m 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.

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One Pillar Pagoda

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