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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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“red bridge” (88 reviews)
“hoan kiem lake” (135 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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+84 8 3910 0555
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The island called Jade Mountain, at the top end of Hoan Kiem Lake, now is the site of a temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, the 13th century general who led the Vietnamese defeat of three Mongol invasions. It's a good example of how Vietnamese...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting building on the lake island, and tells quite a good story about the returned mystical sword, shame the turtles are have died out. Its also a great place to take pictures of the surrounding area

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

I ventured out early on Sunday morning, and it was quite peaceful at the temple except for a few groups holding up foot bridge traffic for pictures. The visit cost 30,000 dong, which sounds prohibitive but actually was $1.32. Pictures are allowed, so I got...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Ngoc Son Temple was built in the 18th century on Jade Island in the centre of the ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ or Hoan Kiem Lake. This small island is accessible by the iconic Huc Bridge or Rising Sun Bridge, a charming red painted wooden...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The is an extremely popular place, you walk across the iconic red bridge and then you can walk all around the temple grounds and then go inside to check it out. There are photo ops every few feet, vibrant flowers, trees, the lake itself, and...More

Thank finesilver
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

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
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 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
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

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

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Reviewed 3 February 2018 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

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