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Ngoc Son Temple

Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #47 of 171 things to do in Hanoi
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

On historic lake Hoan Kiem, or lake of the returned sword, just across the ancient morning sunlight bridge rebuilt in 1864 to the Temple of the General who warded of the attacks of invaders 3 times and who wrote a few famous books on warfare. This temple is unique as it is on a tiny very well maintained island. There... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The temple itself is good. I was more fascinated by the view of the lake though... And also the local Vietnamese men playing chinese checkers (I think) outside. It's worth it to see it though. It's spectacularly decorated in reds and golds and provides many good photo opportunities.

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We walked here as part of our walking tour around the lake. Everything eas so beautifuuly decorated as part of the New Year festivities. Walking in with the guide we got a nice review of the culture, the rituals and the history of the place. Very nice!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Outside of the entrance is a large tower you should view before paying your fee and heading inside. Cross over the red bridge and enjoy the view as you go. Enter the second gate and enjoy the island full of hanging roots from trees, bonsai plants and a great view of the entire lake. Inside the red temple there is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It's quite interesting when we walk through The Huc Bridge to set foot on the temple. We can see lots of beautiful sites from here. The most special thing is a real turtle which was stored in the temple about 500 years ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

30,000VND for adult.. Love the temple a lot.. Can see the turtle tower from afar.. The temple also stored the real turtle from the lake.. It amazing to see the part of Hanoi's history.. ^^

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Not a must go as the temple on the lake offers little except a nice view at night and perhaps a feast by mosquito especially during the summer.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This was not worth the $ (which wasnt much) because there's basically nothing there. Better experience is just walking around the lake people watching.

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