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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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Peaceful Oasis

This is a nice oasis in the middle of the city, on the lake. It is well worth the visit to see the temple, the grounds, pagoda, etc.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a nice oasis in the middle of the city, on the lake. It is well worth the visit to see the temple, the grounds, pagoda, etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

well worth a visit - beautiful temple with many statues and lots of worshippers - people rub money on statues and then on themselves for prosperity and luck

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you go to Hoan Kiem Lake, you can go through here and spend a few minutes. Unless if you want to pray.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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