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Ngoc Son Temple

Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #29 of 90 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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."
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

30,000VND for adult.. Love the temple a lot.. Can see the turtle tower from afar.. The temple also stored the real turtle from the lake.. It amazing to see the part of Hanoi's history.. ^^

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Not a must go as the temple on the lake offers little except a nice view at night and perhaps a feast by mosquito especially during the summer.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This was not worth the $ (which wasnt much) because there's basically nothing there. Better experience is just walking around the lake people watching.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The island on which the temple is built is known as Jade Island and is accessible by the iconic Huc Bridge or Rising Sun Bridge which is a charming scarlet-painted wooden bridge of classical Vietnamese design. The pagoda is also guarded by two towering posts decorated with Chinese writing. The lake and temple are probably the most famous places in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

There are numerous temples in Vietnam - many larger and more ornate that this one. However, with the red bridge, location on an island in the lake, and very nice grounds, this is very much worth a visit. Don't expect St. Peter's Basilica, but you will find a quaint, peaceful little temple and if you go in the morning light... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Ngoc Son Temple is situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake - there is a small admission charge. You reach the temple by way of a bright red bridge ( Welcoming the Morning Sunrise Bridge ) The temples are named the Ink slab , the Pen Tower, the Pavilion Against Waves and the Moon Pavilion. Worth a visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Very beautiful and worth a visit. Good photo opportunity at lake both at day and night. Can get crowded with couples with romantic or further romantic intentions - or action seekers wanting the same.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

To be honest its a tiny time with not much to see, besides depending of the time it can be crowded by mosquitoes... you cn easily skip it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I can't resist visiting anything from a previous era and it seemed like I passed this temple several times because of its central location so I had to stop in to see it. This temple built in the 1700s has such a nice location and offers pretty views of the lake that I think it is worth a visit. Don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The largest and one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi which is supposed to bring luck according to the locals.

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