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Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 0839100555
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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Beautiful Temple

This little temple was full of beautiful cultural statues and gardens. It has a divine smell of incense. Gorgeous views of the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old quarter. Highly recommend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The red bridge was more exciting for me than the temple. We went there a few days after the Vietnamese New Year, so it was very crowded with locals! I liked the big mural paintings at the entrance....

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I was wandering around the Hoan Kiem Lake so stopped in at the temple too. It's very quaint and there's not a lot to see but it's really inexpensive so I would check it out if you are near by.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We walked by so we thought "why not?" It was inexpensive to get in but not super exciting. People watching was the only drawcard - seeing local Vietnamese tourists posing for photos was quite entertaining. One thing I've noticed in my travel is that the Vietnamese have managed to ruin a lot of cultural heritage with shops/markets. Why does everything... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Ngoc San Temple is located on an island within historic Hoan Kiem Lake, and is reached via its beautiful arched, red traditional Vietnamese bridge. The building is colorfully adorned (including the "good luck" colors of red and gold) and displays fine examples of classic architecture. The main interior shrine includes beautiful worship items, all under the serene gaze of... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This little temple was full of beautiful cultural statues and gardens. It has a divine smell of incense. Gorgeous views of the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old quarter. Highly recommend visiting this temple, and visit the Water Puppet Show at night, which is right across from the lake and it explains the Sword Lake story.

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Chinese temple, Nice relaxing gardens, good view of the lake, very photographic especially at night.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Interesting to see a lot of old people come here to play board games whilst enjoying the breeze coming from the lake. I stayed and watched them play some games.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The only reason we visited here is because of the excellent location. If it were anywhere else, the temple, I would not have visited. However, since it's centrally located we went. I wasn't thoroughly impressed but what else does one do around a lake during the day? I'd go again.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

At first I was very impressed by the concept of the temple, given how old it is and the neat story behind it. However, up against the temples and shrines I had seen in Japan and the other ones in Hoi An (further down the coast of Vietnam), Ngoc Son temple isn't that special. It's quite small, and whilst it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The first place we visited on arrival. A wonderful way to get a feel for Hanoi straight away. We were lucky enough to see a large group of temple devotees, chanting.

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