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One Pillar Pagoda built in 1049
Vietnam, Hanoi, March 2010

The One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.
The temple was built by Emperor Lý Thái Tông, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to the court records, Lý Thái Tông was childless and dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. Lý Thái Tông then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son. The emperor constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049, having been told by a monk to build the temple, by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Pillar_Pagoda
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Oct 11 2010 09:12 GMT Annamaria
Beautiful little temple and great information, Peter!
Oct 11 2010 09:26 GMT ujbanyiv
I Agree Annamaria, this is Beautiful Photo.
Oct 11 2010 09:43 GMT DGM
Wow thats a unique looking pagoda. And the age is impressive
Oct 11 2010 09:53 GMT hallo
Outstanding construction!
Oct 11 2010 10:26 GMT Donjames
Great one Peter and great story too...
Oct 11 2010 10:28 GMT senna3
Thank you Anna-Maria.
Oct 11 2010 10:28 GMT senna3
Thank you William.
Oct 11 2010 10:28 GMT senna3
Thank you DGM.
Oct 11 2010 10:29 GMT senna3
Thanks for the comment Samir.
Oct 11 2010 10:29 GMT senna3
Thank you Don.
Oct 11 2010 11:39 GMT junne PRO
beautiful work, both the pagoda and the picture
Oct 11 2010 15:34 GMT Lalbabu
Wonderful architecture!!!
Oct 11 2010 17:00 GMT senna3
Thank you Junne.
Oct 11 2010 17:00 GMT senna3
Thank you Soumen.
Oct 11 2010 17:49 GMT hans55 PRO
a beautyfull pagoda ...never have seen one before !
Oct 11 2010 19:04 GMT sirenans
Unique and peerfect!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 11 2010 19:07 GMT senna3
Thanka again Julijana.
Oct 11 2010 23:19 GMT fhelsing PRO
That's an amazing structure!
Oct 12 2010 00:44 GMT Jakeobean
Peter....fantastic photograph but I found the story to be as interesting...thanks so very much for taking the time to educate us.....
Oct 13 2010 18:48 GMT FLUMP
Another stunning shot...
Oct 22 2010 15:38 GMT senna3
Thank you Fleur.
Oct 22 2010 17:08 GMT senna3
Thank you Jake.
But I just quoted from the Wikipedia link!
Oct 22 2010 17:12 GMT senna3
Thank you FLUMP.
Oct 22 2010 18:35 GMT lynnj04
Very pretty building :-))

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