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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 5 days ago

Must pay a price to enter and while the temple is really nice it is not really worth it, just look from afar

1  Thank vampslayer01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Doesn't worth going to that temple. The entrance fee is 30'000 vnd. The view from the bridge is ok but the temple is under construction.

1  Thank Laura P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have a look at it from the bridge. Best views are probably by night from the lake shore. We paid 30k per person to take a 5 min walk in a construction site. Not worth it.

Thank julienx2k2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see temple over the bridge on Hoan Kiem Lake. It is a little beauty with so much colour and history. You can read about the history of the temple, the lake, the turtle and its sword. Fascinating and ancient folklore worthy...More

Thank Nunngo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good historical place to visit, nice for photo taking as well. Recommend to visit when sunny day. Stay in Old Quarter by walking distance only.

Thank Jessie T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been there and heard that this place is always busy at the weekend. Lots of local people coming here to pray and also tourits coming here to visit

Thank tanzlcaro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

See local pray in this small island in the middle of the Ho Hoan Kiem lake. Entrance fee is 30K Dong. In case you are wearing shorts or spags top don't worry they will provide you a coverup for free.

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice but overcrowded temple at Hoa Kiem lake. The location makes it a nice sight but the many tourists can be a bother

Thank AlexanderF85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely temple on a little Hoan Kiem island on Hoan Kiem lake. You walk over the red bridge to get there, there is a little gift shop where I bought some beautiful book marks for about 18,000 VD (60p) each. The kids bought turtles...More

Thank Groovytravellers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it was under construction, this is a very nice temple to visit in the old quarter. Take a stroll around the lake to experience the entire site

Thank aadst11
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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?