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Ngoc Son Temple

Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
+84 8 3910 0555
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This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century, and named after Saint Van Xuong. Confucian scholar Nguyen Van Sieu had a large pen-shaped tower built at the entrance of the temple in 1864, featuring three Chinese characters, Ta Thanh Thien, which literally means "to write on the blue sky is to imply the height of a genuine and righteous person's determination and will."
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  • Average28%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely, tranquil small temple in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. It was interesting to discover the legend of the lake, see the incredible views from the temple and see the intricate decoration in the temple. The temple is not big and won't take...More

Thank Rachel P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a tourist I couldn’t really recommend this place. High Fee to go to the temple, and not much to see (small). If you are there to take a picture on the lake, do it on the bridge for free. The temple was fine and...More

Thank Larry007_007
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ngoc Son Temple is located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. To reach the temple one has to cross Cau The Huc, a red wooden bridge for about 1-2 min by slow walk. To enter the Cau The Huc bridge one has buy a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ancient temple in Hanoi you should visit. It was not much to see. But if you have nothing to do, just do it.

Thank Kamsan S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was so wicked hot when we went to the lake the evening of our arrival it wasn't until we actually started to get our tickets I decided I'd feel better coming back with covering for my shoulders and knees. It isn't much but it...More

Thank ruthandvern
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When in Kindergarten, I may recall that we kids were told about a legend regarding turtles and a lake. Unfortunately, I have missed this day, maybe I had smallpox. Otherwise I would have been quite excited to see the place where the legend and beautiful...More

Thank 127Fred
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

We walked around Hoan Kem Lake with a pagoda & the Ngnoc Son Temple in the middle of the lake, as part of our tour. You can access the island where the temple is located by crossing the Rising Sun Bridge. A nice break from...More

Thank kenl461
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Opposite the Puppet theatre, this temple is accessed via a quaint red wooden bridge. Lovely views of the lake and the Turtle Pagoda. The temple is small and its architecture is delightful. Locals come to pray. Peaceful and far from the madding crowds and the...More

Thank zenu
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The island called Jade Mountain, at the top end of Hoan Kiem Lake, now is the site of a temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, the 13th century general who led the Vietnamese defeat of three Mongol invasions. It's a good example of how Vietnamese...More

Thank blackeaglejim
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is an interesting building on the lake island, and tells quite a good story about the returned mystical sword, shame the turtles are have died out. Its also a great place to take pictures of the surrounding area

Thank JLM3080
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