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Ngoc Son Temple

Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #32 of 100 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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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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55 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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188 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 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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55 helpful votes 55 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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81 helpful votes 81 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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