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Ngoc Son Temple

Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in Hanoi for young kids
Ranked #32 of 96 Attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Religious Sites
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... more » 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." « less
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

There is a $1 entrance fee payable when visiting this temple. A red bridge across the water leads to this temple. Some nice photo opportunities. Relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

In a frenetic ancient capital mega-city such as Hanoi it is nice to find a lake (Hoan Kiem) with a clam temple at the center. While in Vietnam remember there is no social welfare system so it wont hurt to give a little to the right people, namely those who are trying to help themselves but must deal with a... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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395 reviews 395 reviews
136 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is the place to escape (even momentarily) the chaos and crazy fast pace of Hanoi. The temple is on a small island in Hoan Kiem Lake, accessed via the fabulous wooden Huc bridge. Peaceful, quiet (when not overrun with tourists), and lovely. Especially enjoyable in the early morning or late afternoon/evening. The lighted bridge if wonderful at night.

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Makati, Philippines
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24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This temple is translated as the Jade Mountain, in English. It is located at the heart of the Hanoi Old Quarter. If you're lucky enough, you may find old people doing tai chi near the hoan kiem lake area as early as 5:00 in the morning.. This Ngoc Son Temple is just right at the middle of the Hoan Kiem... More

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Guri, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

CC ( 2014.08.01 ) The entrance fee was very cheap, so I and my son visited there on passing by. Not bad place, but not many to see. On passing by, it was worth to visit and rest with view of lake. There was some old people enjoying Vietnam's chess. This chess was very similar to Korean's one with a... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The locals were very friendly here and there are a few nice photo opportunities to be had. A nice addition to a walk around the lake.

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Ghaziabad, India
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Near the northern shore of the Hoan Kiem Lake lies Jade Island on which the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) stands. The temple was erected in the 18th century in honour of the 13th-century military leader Tran Hung Dao who fought heroically against the Yuan Dynasty. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A place of historical and cultural significance, situated at Hoan Kiem Lake, this place was not only enlightening but was an elegant place to spectate.

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Gateshead, England
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302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I am surprised this place isn't higher on TA rankings. It is a super little temple built in the 19th century on Jade Island which is located within Hoan Kiem Lake. It is accessed via the most beautiful Huc Bridge. All of these combine to create a super attraction just to the south of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Inexpensive to visit... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

While walking around the lake in Ha Noi we came across the Bridge of the Rising Son that lead to this temple. A small inexpensive admittance fee allows you to cross the bridge and enter the temple. Worth the effort for small investment of time but the bridge can be crowded.

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