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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
+84 8 3910 0555
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a well visited location on the lake in Hanoi. Admission is pretty cheap and the interior of the temple inside is quite extraordinary.

Thank SidneyFace
Reviewed 3 days ago

The temple is on a small island accessed via a bridge on the Hoan Kiem lake. Small charge to view. Interesting place with bonsai trees and small gardens.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

small average temple and you have to pay to go in, not much on display to see really. can be missed.

Thank thd007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this place attracts a lots of tourist, probably because this is the only temple in the city. has a bit of histroy arond it and besides that, there is nothing to see there.

Thank yasirriraz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

built around 1054? still used by the monks, very popular with the locals. many pay respects by offering joss sticks/incense etc. i found the aroma a bit overpowering, otherwise nice way to spend an hour on the lake

Thank grampsxpress
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we walked the bridge and entered the temple there were some men playing a board game on one side. Some woman were walking around with essence sticks, other man were lighting big pots of essence.. The atmosphere was just very nice.. like we stept...More

Thank gfwanderlust2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Touristy and smallish, however, interesting in a fashion. Some of the nearby vendors are worth watching and patronizing. Expect throngs by mid-morning.

Thank wlamb123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful temple. Highly recommended when you visit Hoan Kiem Lake. There are turtle statues inside for visitors to appreciate.

Thank Kelly W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set at the end of a beautiful Lake, this Temple provides peace to the locals, a place to worship and offer fruit/gifts to the gods. On a misty day, the lake seems quite gloomy, locals believe the turtle still lives in the lake. The Temple...More

1  Thank Carol-Anne E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little temple but it's super busy with locals and tourists. It's VND30,000/adult. There's a lovely breeze on the island so if it's hot and you're flagging, it's worth the walk just to cool down. There's beautiful deities/idols and photography isn't an...More

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Will be visiting Vietnam next month just going thru the tour itinery to get familiar with the places.
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?