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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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