16 June 2019

A Voyage to Vietnam: The One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

So after spending a few days in Đà Lạt, it was time to go back to Hanoi. The trip is wrapping up. So we checked out of our hotel, took a car to Đà Lạt Airport, and flew back to Hanoi. By afternoon, we were in our final guesthouse of the trip. And we have two final nights before we head back to Europe. On our final full day in Hanoi, we opted to do our favourite things one last time, like drink egg coffee. And we also checked out a few sights we haven't seen before, like the One Pillar Pagoda.

This pagoda is actually a very popular one, and very close to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. We actually originally thought of checking out the body of Ho Chi Minh, until we saw the queue which was crazy long, so we just skipped it. We contented ourselves with seeing the mausoleum from the outside.

I have heard that every year, Ho Chi Minh's body goes back to Russia, in order to be processed and embalmed further. I must say I am still curious to see how it currently looks.

There's actually plenty of things to see in the mausoleum complex, such as Ho Chi Minh's old home, and a few museums. But we just checked things out in our own pace, and decided to just see some minor sites nearby, like the One Pillar Pagoda, as the photos above show. As history says, this pagoda was built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong, about a thousand years ago.

There's actually another building that is directly in front of the One Pillar Pagoda, which is also a temple. I don't exactly know whether that is also part of the temple or a completely separate one, but in any case, they are very close to each other. And sure enough, the typical ornaments that one can find in Vietnamese style temples are all here. Food offerings are prominent, as worshippers put them in front of the statues of their gods and goddesses in the temple.

This trip is slowly wrapping up. I have a couple of other places to show, before it is time to go back home.


  1. For the mausoleum, same giant lineups in China for Mao's. I would visit it out of curiosity but damn, I don't have the patience to lineup for hours...

    1. Zhu,

      I think the longest queue I have stood in was the one for the Paris Catacombs. They were even offering services for rushing it: there were some people who would just queue up, and they would ask visitors if they were interested in paying extra just so that they can boost their position in the queue. We didn't do it, but was heavily considering it at some point.