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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%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to this place by chance during the day as it's located on Hoan Kiem Lake. The view is fantastic and it has a small entry fee of VND 30000 for tourist to step into the temple across the bridge. The night scene will...More

Thank KennyLCC
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very small temple, translated as 'Temple of the Jade Mountain'. The beautiful red bridge across Hoan Kiem lake is the main attraction. On the downside, I saw no information on display about the legend of the giant turtle who carried the magical sword to...More

Thank GD365
Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is interesting because of the red color is the majority of the decoration. Built in one side of the lake it with bridge and water pool, the temple itself is very nice

Thank Cekeysh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple is reached via a curved footbridge that is lit up red at night and looks beautiful. On the other side of the bridge you pay 30k VND to enter inside, and while it’s not the most extravagant or huge temple, it was beautifully...More

Thank Gary P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing spectacular about the temple, except that it is located in the heart of Hanoi across the red bridge in the middle of the lake. You only need 20 minutes here, but lots of photo opportunities. Very peaceful away from the noise of Hanoi.

Thank missbrowneyesxx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wear something sensible, if not they'll lend you a coverall: this IS a temple. Didn't go in, but the entrance, the bridge and the lake all add to the charm of this place.

Thank Andrea W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highlighted by the red bridge (lighted at night), this site along the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake is strictly a photo opportunity (especially for westerners). Don't expect much explanations in English, so research beforehand to find out the significance. I used my very bad French to...More

Thank moviegeekjn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The big red bridge at the Hoan Kiem Lake. Makes for a gorgeous photo opportunity as the vibrant red bridge creates great contrast on the green hues of the lake and it’s surrounds. You can cross the bridge for free but on the other side...More

Thank J-Bird86
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice picturesque temple on an island in Hoan Kiem lake, reached by crossing a bright red bridge. Dedicated to the famous turtle in the legend of the lake.

Thank David B L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Temple near Hoan Kiem lake. Ticket the price 30.000VND/ per person. The red bridge is nice whether it's day. Hight recommended it

Thank roandknight
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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?