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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
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 bridge, peaceful setting

This is quite a small temple and doesn't take that long to look around. However the architecture is interesting and it provides a great opportunity for photos of the lake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We paid an entrance for this temple but there is nothing in there... We expected to see an antic temple and what we discovered there is a touristic shop with some views... Very poor for the main temple of Hanoi...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Located on Hoan Kiem Lake, this temple offers some good photo opportunities of the lake. There's a legend of a turtle told here so be sure to ask about it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A peaceful walk across the bridge onto the island. There are amazing bonsai trees to see providing an interesting photographic foreground to the lake.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is quite a small temple and doesn't take that long to look around. However the architecture is interesting and it provides a great opportunity for photos of the lake. Definitely worth a quick visit whilst wandering round the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

At the northern end of the lake is Jade Island, where the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son) stands. Erected in the 18th century to honour the 13th-century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan Dynasty, Van Xuong, a scholar, and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

ok for a short visit pay 30k to go in, quite small but interesting. can go over bridge without paying.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This little place is tucked away amongst the tree's good little piece of history. Have a look if your in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

This temple, situated in the lake is a pleasant sojourn as you walk through central Hanoi. It is not particularly impressive when compared to other temples but the interior is beautiful. The entrance price is just 30,000. It is also located opposite the water puppet show theatre. It is worth popping over to buy tickets at the same time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We stopped by one of the mornings we were exploring Hanoi. It was cheap to get it (I can't quite remember but I believe less than $1), and was a really beautiful area to spend around 30 minutes. Make sure to be respectful as many people are praying inside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This place was near to my hotel so I paid a short visit in the evening. The place is peaceful 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... More 

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