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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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A peaceful setting in the heart of the city.

We stopped into the temple to take a few photos of the picturesque red bridge. It was boiling hot and sitting inside the grounds of the temple alongside the lake in the shade was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped into the temple to take a few photos of the picturesque red bridge. It was boiling hot and sitting inside the grounds of the temple alongside the lake in the shade was welcome relief. It was here that we learned of the story of the restored sword and so the children enjoyed trying to spot a tortoise from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I loved this temple. You have to walk around it to understand. The island temple on the lake is a perfect location. Go see, it's worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

If you are walking around the lake, you may want to stop for a brief visit. Very small temple. Nice lake views. Worth a few photos. Probably are better temples to see around the city but I only had a brief stay in Hanoi. Close to my homestay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We stumbled across this temple when we were walking around the lake. It is 30000 dong which you pay before you cross over the bridge. It is extremely peaceful there and one should enjoy the surroundings. It is very small but worth the visit when you want to enjoy the peacefulness of the Buddha religion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Ngoc Son Temple is a great little temple located on Hoan Kiem in the middle of Hanoi's Old Quarter. It is one of the easiest places to find. I must preface this by saying that I love temples and I visit them all. On a recent tour, one of the tourists complained that because he was not a Buddhist, he... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Cross the famous red bridge and you will find a small but nice temple here. Alot of statues and art. A place where many locals come to pray and give offerings. A small garden next to the temple and ofcourse a beautiful view over the lake Hoan Kiem. You can hear the story here how the name was given. Worth... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The temple is in a beautiful location, but I think I enjoyed it more when seen from afar strolling along the lake. The inside is very small, and had nothing of great interest compared to other temples. The entrance fee is quite cheap at 30,000 dong so worth a look if you're in the area perhaps, but not a must... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The guide brought us here on the 1st day of Lunar calender month and I found that people came here to pray for their children to pass the exam (????). All explanation written in Chinese but we still understood since the ATT Asia Travel guide knew the history and she told us everything. Ngoc Son Temple is in the middle... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain Temple stands on an island at the northern part of the lake and is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful and religious site in the capital. I did not think it was that impressive but to be fir had come form Bangkok where there are some amazing Temples. This temple was established by a... More 

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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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Address: Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 0839100555
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi

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