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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
+84 8 3910 0555
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful, and historical temple built on a small island on Hoan kiem lake . Get your ticket before you walk over the ornate red bridge which links it to the city,On entering the grounds of the Temple of Jade you will pass through an ornately...More

Thank mickknap
Reviewed 5 days ago

Don't know if this happens all the time....but just the most beautiful ceremony was occuring at the time we visited the island temple at Hoan Kiem Lake.

Thank greytravellerMelb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built in the 19th century on a small island on the northern end of the lake. You cross a crimson bridge to reach the island the temple is located on. It means Temple of the Jade temple and is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao...More

Thank loudini56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple is located on a small island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake, connected to the lakeshore by an elegant scarlet bridge, constructed in classical Vietnamese style. It extends out into the lake, with small but attractive grounds, displays on Vietnamese history...More

Thank Mehul_Kirit_Shah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is a Confucius and Taoist Temple and it is located on Hoam Kiem Lake. You can see the small red building from the road. To get to the temple you need to cross the red bridge. There is an entrance fee for local...More

1  Thank iamavoyageur
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Crawling with people all the time, you can skip it, take your picture outside of the place and go elsewhere.

Thank John L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there for the stuffed turtle. Apparently it was one of the four that used live in the lake. Other than that, there's nothing very much to see. Can give this a miss if you are pressed for time.

Thank mapleleaf2727
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thought it would be important to see such a significant temple...it’s under renovation and this detracted significantly from the experience. Worth a look, nominal entrance fee.

Thank Cocko22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite frankly, there isn't much exciting going on in this temple. As a fan of classical Chinese, I like reading the inscriptions on the walls, pillars, rooftops, and ceilings. Some are proverbs, some are poems, some are teachings...But for the average visitor who cannot read...More

1  Thank Ernest W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated on an island at the lake. Unfortunately if you go on your own, do some homework. There are no signs explaining exactly what is special about this temple. Was very busy.

Thank ReneMacQ
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2 March 2015|
Response from FormerCaliBoy | Reviewed this property |
Hi octapus. Can you give more details on the cities you will be visiting and maybe our responses can be more helpful and detailed so you will be sure to see all the highlights of the area you will visit?