Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Hedthree G
    Pomona, California76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheap thrill with lots of legend behind it
    There's a great view of the lake from Cafe Pho Co top floor. Enjoy good food, a breeze , and the view. The Hoan Kiem Lake itself is actually pretty big and picturesque. You have to buy a ticket to go over the bridge to the temple, but it amounts to a few US pennies. There are several photo opportunities here. We did get to see written prayers being burned so the gods can receive them. Cool!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Thanh An
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight in our journey!
    This place for us is a good destination because it's located on one beautiful island of Hoankiem lake. We stayed there for a couple of hours and exlored a lot. Historical values of Hanoi gave us a hard pass to leave this wonderful country.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written October 5, 2023
  • loonylou78
    West Sussex, United Kingdom318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple.
    This was such a fantastic temple to visit. It was our first Vietnamese temple we visited during our recent travels. Situated on Hoan kiem lake it provided a little bit of peace and quiet away from the craziness of the old quarter! Costing less than £1 to get in ,the place is stunning. Lots of artwork at the entrance and a bridge to walk over. The temple itself is small but so colourful and well maintained, you can take pictures from the outside but not inside, but trust me it's beautiful. Also inside the grounds is a small room which features 2 lake turtles which are believed to be the last ones ever to come from the lake and they help to keep the story of the lake turtles and the magical sword alive ( the lake which the temple stands is also known as sword lake). Please visit when you're in Hanoi even if for a short while.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Justin H
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, though somewhat unremarkable temple.
    It's interesting because it is on the lake, but otherwise it is fairly similar to a lot of other temples. Nice for a shorter stop, but not somewhere to spend a lot of time. Murals are nice, but lots of people taking photos everywhere.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing location of an ordinary Temple
    Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small island on Hoan Kiem Lake in the very center of Hanoi. It's reachable via a small picturesque bridge paying a small fee. Temple is quite ordinary, like many others we saw all over Vietnam, however its position on the lake is so beautiful and that's the reason it's so popular. Come at night as well, when it's beautifully illuminated.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Higuma 2017
    Australia1,083 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try to figure that out.
    This is all about the turtle(s). And worthwhile the visit. A rather average, but reasonably cute temple, displaying two dead turtles, quite massive, to be honest. These poor creatures used to live at the bottom of that lake in the middle of Hanoi. Their kind is gone, forever. Their stories can be found on the wall, available in English. Although Vietnamese scholars like to classify them as a unique local species, they are part of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle species... which does not make the whole survival of the species any more bright, as there are only two known individuals alive in the whole planet - both males. Back to the temple, displayed in each of the two glass boxes, there is an item, quite unrecognisable. Looks like a clawed hand. In one of them there is an explanation that suggests it's the reproductive apparel. Check that and try to figure it out... If those two specimens on display were indeed males and those things are what is suggested, no wonder all the females are dead and the species is functionally extinct.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 4, 2024
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views are nice
    The bridge is lovely all lit up at night and we couldn't help wanting to cross it and see what the temple was like on the other side. Not a lot there to be fair and the turtles were not there when we visited. Nice to see a different perspective of the lake and it is a nice area of Hanoi but not a lot to see. I would visit just for the views.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 15, 2024
  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only for location
    Temple located in the middle of the lake with access via a highly photogenic bridge. It's worth visiting just for its location. The temple itself is very small and of no great interest Interesting views from the temple to the lake and the city of Hanoi It's not really worth it
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2024
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timmind
Stevens Point, WI397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,072 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Ngoc Son Temple translates into the Temple of the Jade Mountain and resides on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. The temple was built to commemorate the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was known for battling the Chinese Yuan Dynasty. The cost was only 30K VND, there was no line up, and it wasn’t too busy. If you are near the lake, take the time out of your day to check it out, as it makes for some good photo opportunities.
Written January 11, 2020
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wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
This was one of the most popular attractions the day I walked around Sword Lake.

Entrance fee was only 30k VND so a bargain.

So many people were taking photos on the bridge that it required a little weaving around. At night the bridge was framed in red lights so a popular photo opportunity.

Once on the other side, I turned left and walked to the edge of the island. It was a popular spot for people to hang out as there was a lot of seating under the pagoda and facing the lake.

Entering the temple on the left side were the famous Ho Guom Turtle models and a little story on their claim for fame. I thought they were the most interesting item inside the temple.
Written July 13, 2022
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missjdaniels
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The red bridge is obviously the main attraction of this temple and the view is lovely. There are a few spots inside to take some nice photos. The temple is beautiful and quite serene. I especially liked the bonsai scattered around the temple grounds. We spent around 20 minutes taking photos and enjoying the view. For 30,000VND (around $2 AUD) it is well worth the photo opportunity.
Written February 14, 2020
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Fairly small temple and only 30k dong to enter so very cheap.

Temple is located within the lake and you need to cross a lovely red bridge to enter temple.

Temple itself is very small and nothing amazing just nice.

I would go at night time with everything lit up it’s very nice visually and great for photos.

I would do but it’s not a must do while in Hanoi so if you are time poor give it a miss.
Written January 14, 2020
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OneTrip with local
Hanoi, Vietnam262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
The temple has beautiful bonsai trees and a peaceful lake nearby. You can relax and reflect here. There are also old things to see, like a giant turtle that has been in the lake for many years. You can visit until 6 PM every day. A student ticket costs 15,000 VND and an adult ticket costs 30,000 VND. However, it can be very busy with lots of tourists and locals on the weekends.
Written March 13, 2023
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Luv2Go56
Nashville, TN447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We were strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake and decided to get off the beaten path to tour the Ngoc Son Temple. There is a small entrance fee, and it is important to be respectful, and dress appropriately as it is an active place of worship.

It is a very quick stroll around the temple. Highlights include the stunning red bridge, the impressive pagoda, and the beautiful varied foliage. It was also fun to see Hanoi Old Town and the lake from this vantage point. Very serene and tranquil.
Written March 11, 2023
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Another interesting and lovely treasure of Vietnamese culture, built in the 18th century. Here you will find a preserved giant turtle, artifacts and alter. Translated: "Temple of the Jade Mountain" is accessed by the beautiful red, wooden Huc Bridge which spans from the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, to the Temple on Jade Island. There is a fee to cross the bridge and visit the temple, but we felt it to be a worthwhile visit.
Written February 27, 2020
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Temple located in the middle of the lake with access via a highly photogenic bridge. It's worth visiting just for its location. The temple itself is very small and of no great interest
Interesting views from the temple to the lake and the city of Hanoi
It's not really worth it
Written April 26, 2024
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