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

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 nice temple sitting on the lake in Hanoi. It's close to the market streets and definitely worth a visit if you have some time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This temple is one of the most beautiful place where you can see the sword lake. It makes you feel that you're in the middle of the lake. Accessed by red bridge which presents amazing views either day time or in the evening.

Thank Se0ulist
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When you're standing on Ngoc Son you get a real sense you are standing on history; the love that the Vietnamese feel towards this ancient shrine is palpable, they've not simply restored it, they've maintained it throughout its long life. Many people just wandered across the bridge and didn't go on to the island as there's a small fee (about... More 

Thank Chris_DJ_Bear_Acton
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice temple sitting on the lake in Hanoi. It's close to the market streets and definitely worth a visit if you have some time.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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555 reviews
386 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ngoc Son Temple is very unique. It's a small temple that has character. An added bonus is the lake with the turtle. Turtles are looked on with respect by Vietnamese people . It is very peaceful and relaxing. Tip : recommend you visit on the morning and at sunset , sunscreen, sunhat , water, camera

Thank Janr20
Jakarta, Indonesia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small temple, for relaxing and sit at the afternoon it's nice. According to history, the temple was built around the 18th century and is dedicated to a hero named Tran Hung Dau, who had sword from the lake who taken by the turtle (pardon me if i mistake) so there's a turtle, and sword inside the temple

Thank MarthaVS
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amongst the business of the Hoan Kiem area full of bustling bodies, this temple was a nice small adventure to see the culture of the Vietnamese tales of their gods/ turtle spirits. It was very interesting since I haven't had a chance to see an actual temple in Vietnam. There were many foreigners, and the entrance price was not expensive.... More 

Thank yeunju
Hinterbruhl, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quiet temple located on the central Hoan Kiem Lake. You can look for the giant turtle/tortoise here and also see where they burn items of everyday use - made of paper - so that those who have moved to the other side still have their creature comforts!

Thank Sissy55
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go, walk around, it's certainly in a beautiful place with beautiful plants and beautiful temple things. Nothing really new except maybe the giant tortoise preserved in memoriam to all the beautiful tortoises that used to live in the lake. Cool place!

Thank amoachaim
Da Nang, Vietnam
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take a trip on the aerly morning, at that time there will be less tourists than usuall. You will have your won time there. Providing a nice view to the lake and the turtle tower.

Thank cat_noir613
North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple has an attractive location but it is enough to look at it from the outside. The interior has nothing to distinguish it from other temples.

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