Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi

Ngoc Son Temple
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Katy Santos
Philippines493 contributions
a little island
Aug 2020
I visited this place before the pandemic - After having lunch in Lake View Side Restaurant and Cafe, we walked across to visit Ngoc Son Temple which is a temple standing in the middle of the lake. You can explore inside the premises to take photos of the Buddhist temple.
Written July 9, 2021
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skid1127
Chicago, IL138 contributions
Island in the Lake
Jan 2020
Temple in the middle of the lake in the Old Quarter. There is a giant mummified turtle. There are free public bathrooms, however, there are two toilets without privacy partitions and both must be used at the same time.
Written December 9, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
The little Temple of the Jade Mountain ...
Jan 2020
At the Northeastern part of "Hoàn Kiêm" (the "Lake of the Restored Sword") and after crossing a beautiful vermillion painted bridge ("Thê Hûc" - the "Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge"), you will find the "Jade" islet. Right there, on a small hill, stands "Ngoc Son" (the "Temple of the Jade Mountain"), dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and to Vietnam's national hero, Tràn Hung Dao. The temple was built between the 18th and 19th centuries and is one of the most visited and revered ones in Vietnam, combining both ancestors' worship and Buddhist practices. So, whenever around Hanoi's "Old Quarter", do not miss "Ngoc Son". Opens daily from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Enjoy!
Written November 7, 2020
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TravelinGypsey
305 contributions
Perfect!
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful, peaceful & interesting history of this sacred place! A great place to visit and scope out in old quarter area; it’s cheap, doesn’t take too much time at all but is relaxing. Located on beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake; tons of things to do in this area!

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Written July 9, 2020
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Pedro Raffainer
Madrid, Spain18 contributions
Temple in Hoan Kiem Lake
Nov 2019
This is the Temple of the Jade Mountain and is located on the Jade Islet in Hoan Kiem Lake. This temple is small, but it's unique location makes it a must visit in Hanoi.
Written June 24, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada3,896 contributions
Stunning all lite up in the evening. Must see!
Dec 2019
We arrived here later one afternoon around 4:15pm and spent about an hour. It cost 30,000VND (about $1.75CAD). They close at 5pm but didn't r rush people out but didn't let anyone else in.This has the most picturesque bridge. There was so many people here when we got there and everyone wanted the same picture on the stunning red bridge. It is located in the Old Quarters and is a small island on Hoam Siem Lake.

There was so many people all sitting around like bumps on a log. it was really weird. Then all of a sudden they lite the whole place up. So It all started to make sense that is what most of the people were there for that. So it might be better to go at a different time of day. Who knows maybe it’s nuts all day.

The temple was very nice with fresh flowers every where. The temple was built in the 18th century on the Island in the middle of the Lake of the Returned Sword. Legend has it the emperor was given a magical sword which helped him defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty. When he defeated the Dynasty the Golden Turtle returned to the lake. There are endangered large soft-shell turtles still swimming in the lake.

Lots of locals were there to make their offerings. The grounds and temple are well maintained. It has a beautiful view over the lake.
Written May 26, 2020
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Khushbu Mehta
Bengaluru, India2,455 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2020 • Couples
Located right in d centre of Hoan Kiem Lake. Its a beautiful sight to behold,esp in the evenings when its all lit up. U have to walk through the red bridge to reach the temple. Its closed by 6pm. Can spend half an hour here. Quite peaceful.
Written May 18, 2020
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Gmglcfc
Kirby Muxloe, UK275 contributions
Small Temple
Mar 2020 • Couples
Nice looking Temple on a small island in the lake visited via a bridge . Small entrance fee.

Not a lot to see but worthwhile even if just for the photos
Written April 29, 2020
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Beauty in simplicity - visit in the morning
Dec 2019
If you want a more authentic experience at this temple, visit right at opening. Locals come here to make their offerings before continuing their work day, so the morning is when you will witness people releasing birds to the sky, of bags of eels to the lake. You will see piles of incense smoking at every alter, and offering jar in between. You will see the hearth at the back smoldering with the papers of so many students, or symbolic money, or other papers. You will also witness the opening of the temple, the gardeners watering the simple-yet-beautiful gardens surrounding the small island complex. It's a different place than the mid-afternoon tourist destination. I also recommend walking by in the evening, to see the island, and its neighboring red bridge, glowing in the night and reflecting magically on the surface of the water. Quite the sight.
Written April 29, 2020
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timmind
Stevens Point, WI402 contributions
Picturesque temple and grounds, important history
Mar 2020
Sitting on a lakeside bench away from the noise of the traffic, seeing people cross the lovely red bridge to the temple, how could we not go? I think this temple is more for tourists now, as many westerners in shorts and skimpy tops were admitted. Still, it is worth seeing. The bodhi trees, the miniature rock gardens and the colorful murals are photo-worthy. Poor endangered turtles - long gone from their now polluted lake home. Worth noting: very clean Western style toilets.
Written March 25, 2020
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