Nhat Tru Pagoda


Nhat Tru Pagoda is located in Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, 300m to the north of King Le Dai Hanh Temple

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This is an ancient pagoda from the 10th century in the special protected area of ​​Hoa Lu Ancient Capital relic (Ninh Binh). There are many antiquities attachedwith the history of the Hoa Lu Capital in this pagoda, especially the stone scripture pillar in front of the pagoda.
The pagoda is located on an area of ​​over 3000 square meters. After a period of restoration, Nhat Tru pagoda iscurrently a unique artistic space with its own architecture. In this pagoda, people worship Mother Goddess, Thanh Hien, Duc Ong, 3 Tam The statues and an Amitabha statue. After nearly thousand years, the scriptures pillar in the courtyard remains intact. The pillar was made of stone, has an octagonal body and a stone budding lotuson the top. TheBuddhist scriptures were carvedon eight sides of the pillar functioning as a prayer book.

Nhat Tru Pagoda via Bao moi

Nhat Tru Pagoda is located at the center, is the most important monuments, monasteries, and is meeting the country’s monks X century as France Thuan, Vietnam and Khuong Van Hanh. Over the period of national history, the test of storms, war munitions, the pillar still stands forever. 

Nhat Tru Pagoda (One Pillar Pagoda) with communal House of Yen Thanh is located near the temple of King Le Dai Hanh. King Le Dai Hanh built it to develop Buddhism. Previous column is also a Buddhist temple remains intact from thousands of years ago, is considered to be the most challenging economic Vietnam.


The monument is the place marking many historical events that contribute to the victory of our people in the resistance war against France and American. At present, Nhat Tru pagoda is still the place of spiritual activities of  village’s people and tourists, where interesting festivals take place. Every year, on January 15, at the pagoda, there is a worship ceremony to pray for peace of the nation. With these values, the pagoda was classified as a national cultural – history relic by the Ministry of Culture and Informationin 1998.

Nhat Tru Pagoda via Youtube

Nhat Tru Pagoda, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the spiritual complex at Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An landscapes, and Phat Diem Stone Cathedral lure many visitors, especially Buddhists and Catholics. Dinh The Thap, director of the provincial Statistics Department says, the province had received more than 4.18 million visitors by the end of October 2013, an increase of 20.8 per cent over the same period last year.

The construction of Chua Nhat Tru (“First Column Pagoda”) was ordered by Emperor Le Dai Hanh. Later, Emperor Ly Thai Tong ordered the construction of a similar temple in Hanoi. The temple is still in existence and holds many artifacts from the 10th and 11th centuries. One of the most prominent original features of the architecture is the stone pillar in the temple courtyard.

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