Nhan Dan – The historic Buddhist temple known as the ‘one-pillar’ pagoda in Hanoi will be renovated, said the People’s Committee of Ba Dinh district on December 12. Together with repairing degraded parts, monks’ accommodation and a joss paper burner will be built in a style which matches with the surroundings. The project is scheduled to launch by the end of this month or at the beginning of January, 2014 with VND18.6 billion (US$874,000) being provided from the State budget and socialised capital. A draft plan on the reparation and innovation has been publicised to collect ideas from relevant agencies in accordance with legal regulations on cultural heritage, approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. King Ly Thai Tong had this temple constructed in 1049, by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, and a temple of lotus-shape on it. The unique design of the pagoda together with a legend related to the King’s dream has attracted countless domestic and international tourists.