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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 1 week ago via mobile

Pleasant wander across the red 19c bridge past the pay booth (nominal) you come to the temple on the island with its 3 chambers. The outer chamber is dedicated to the God of Literature (note the pens and books) while the middle is dedicated to...More

Thank E8887TZmartinp
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the lake it's worth a look. The red bridge is a nice spot for a photo and the temple is interesting. I liked the bonsai trees.

Thank ASougy
Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is very small and charges USD2 per entry. I don't think it is worth it to see this place, pretty boring. Taking pictures at the red bridge for free is enough. Inside the temple its not amazing and nothing out of the ordinary....More

Thank harvint2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came by Ngoc Son Temple while walking around Hoan Kiem. I can't really say much since all the information is in Vietnamese. There's a prominent read bridge that's a feature in the lake, leading to the temple. I went in out of curiosity but...More

Thank JABuenafe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited many temples from huge ornate ones to lovely small ones. This is the latter however I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Take your time to explore every little nook and cranny and also ask questions so you can understand it in more detail....More

Thank Xanerin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Ngoc Son temple for the first time but felt very familiar. The temple with old trees like Dinh Chua my home. Standing in the temple courtyard view beautiful and peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake

Thank Linh B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed this visit - it’s a small temple on the lake - pretty bridge - nice grounds. Entry fee - around 1 USD. Don’t expect a huge temple with lots to do - more a photo opportunity and a little stop on a sightseeing...More

Thank Damien G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ngoc Son Temple is a Confucian and Taoist temple sitting on a small island in the middle of Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake. I found the temple itself relatively mundane, but the red painted bridge that connects the island to the north eastern shore of Hoan...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple is not as over the top like the one's in Myanmar. Great place to stop in and soak up some history. Has a lot of great picture opportunities with the red bridge to enter and the buildings.

Thank DavefeomMyanmar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walk around 15 minutes from my hotel and can enjoy beautifull scenery of the temple after cross the Red Bridge (Hoan Kiem Lake).. one of the famous place must visit in Hanoi.. full of history and such amazing place.

Thank Esther R
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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?