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Ngoc Son Temple

Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #27 of 90 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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 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."
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The temple is nice, nothing extraordinary. Gives you a nice view of Hoan Kiem Lake. In combination with a stroll around the splendid Hoan Kiem Lake definitely worth a visit. On it's own not really impressive but nice enough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Although only quite small this temple has the advantage of being surrounded by water with fantastic trees along the water's edge. The entry fee is minimal and it is a great place to sit and look out across the water and also watch the workings of the temple.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This site was located in the lake and when I arrived there with my friends we felt a bit underwhelmed. The temple didn't really feel like a significant religious site. It was more a place to buy a souvenir and there was very little information available of the cultural significance of the building. It's still something with that's probably worth... More

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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A key part of Hanoi’s heritage, this impressive and revered ancient temple sits in the middle of the lake and bears witness to much of the culture and legends of Vietnam. There are useful informative displays - in English. Well worth a visit to understand a little more about the history of Hanoi, which is really two words Han Oi... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This brings you a good feeling when you visit any pagoda/temple in Hanoi. It is surrounded with water.

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Otley West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

We walked around Hoam Kiem Lake and over a small bridge onto the island where the temple is. I guess we were lucky as there weren't huge crowds. We had a look around inside the temple and sat on a bench to people watch. When we went past the following day on a walking tour we couldn't believe how busy... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Set on the Hoam Kiem lake in a stunning location, but over run by tourist. Not exactly a place to prey or seek peace. I enjoyed walking around the lake. Mist hanging around it look stunning. Interesting place to observe local people.

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Belgrade, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 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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Sydney, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Stunning views of the lake and if you enjoy taking photos like me, you can get some fantastic shots here. The temple is on an island in the middle of the lake and looks out to the spirit house. Its kind of magical standing in the middle of the lake and watching the world rush past on their motorbikes. It... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It's situated on Hoan Kiem Lake. You need to go across the red bridge on the lake to go to this temple. This makes it so special. In Hanoi there are many lakes but none of them has any bridge on it. This red bridge is the only one ever found on a lake in Hanoi. However, even this lake... More

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