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Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Phone Number:
+84 8 3910 0555
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century, and...

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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The Bridge is attractive at Night. Can get crowded during the day

Easily the most recognizable landmark in the heart of Hanoi. The bridge across the Hoan Kiem lake to the Ngoc Son Temple looks great at anytime during the day. To visit this place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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CuriousTraveler007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This temple sits on a small island on the Hoam Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi. You access it through a very picturesque wooden bridge. The temple is a typical Buddhist temple, we visited right after Tet and it was full of offerings (flowers and food) which made it very colourful. It can get pretty busy, so maybe an early morning... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Generally nice place, entrance fee 30.000vnd is a little high. If you can reduce entrance fee for all other tourist attractions, it would be better for tourists and a good way to attract more visitors.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily the most recognizable landmark in the heart of Hanoi. The bridge across the Hoan Kiem lake to the Ngoc Son Temple looks great at anytime during the day. To visit this place during the day, one would need to buy a ticket for 30,000 VND. Since tickets are checked at the entrance, it means that you can walk the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting old temple, reached by crossing a beautiful old bridge, good photo opportunities. Can get a bit crowded, but worth an hour of your time. Photos of lake and temple best taken during daytime, but the bridge is lit up at night and looks splendid

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've ever been to a Buddhist temple, then the only special thing you'll notice about Ngoc Son Temple is that it's more crowded than most temples — and there's an admission charge. Save yourself the fee and admire the temple from the lakeside walkway.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what a crowd there was during the tet holiday. But a spectacle worth your time and money (30k entry fee). The palace itself however is really nothing special. It's neither very old nor particularly beautiful. It actually looks like it could really use some of the money people are burning here for some upkeeping work.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Presumably you are staying in the old quarter so you have to do a lap of the the lake and go to the temple. There's a funny tortoise thing in there and is very pretty.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is probably not a good idea to go there on Sunday afternoon as this Temple attracts a lot of people, but if you choose the right moment this is a divine place to be. The wooden characters inside the Temple are beautiful and the outside is charming with a beautiful view of the lake. An ideal place to relax... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on the 1st day of the Tet new Year holiday and it was chaotic. The bridge over the lake to access the Temple was filled with people crossing in both directions. Inside it was pretty much single file pedestrian traffic,making it quite difficult to take reasonable photos. Fortunately because of the day there was no entry fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely area on the lake. We visited this at night with all the lights on it made it quite mystical plus there was and singer entertaining with traditional music on a stage. We did visit here on a Friday night.

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