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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
+84 8 3910 0555
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It is a beautiful temple by the lakeside. Worth a visit. There are lot of shopping and eating places around this central spot. At night, the temple is all lit and looks beautiful from the other side of the lake.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hardvision
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Relaxing place of worship. Unfortunately under renovation at this time and full of tourists going around.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PerttiHar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Entry to the temple costs 30k and you access it over a wooden bridge that is full of tourists taking scenic selfies. The temple is being renovated as of November 2018 so doesn't look pretty from the outside. Inside is a colourful Confucian temple which...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank markmF6209PR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is currently under renovation! Which they don’t tell you when you purchase the ticket. You can walk across the bridge and take photos with the murals outside the temple for free! Once inside there’s nothing to see except for the preserved tortoise. You...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dlam626
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is the most visited temple in Hanoi and currently undergoing extensive renovation. There's still a lot to see if you fight through the thong of tourists but currently I would say say the entrance fee and visit one of the many other temples that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The small Island is Nice to visit but you are quickly done. At the moment they are renovating so most of the Island is hidden.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lissyundthomas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this place inspired by travel guide. The biggest nothing to see, building place under construction, nobody informed about it. 30 k to see what you can find on the pictures

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sidretella
Reviewed November 4, 2018

You have to pay an entrance fee to visit this temple situated across a bridge on Hoan kier lake in old quarter of Hanoi. There is a lot of renovation work going on right now and there is nothing much to see other than the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Located on a very nice spot on Hoan Kiem lake . The temple is under some restorations , Still , there are entry fees . The Bridge leading to the temple from the lake shore , and the garden around it are very nice ,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank saul g
Reviewed October 20, 2018

For 30,000 VND you can get into this temple. Right now they are renovating it (no idea when they are going to finish). As many other travelers say there isn't much to see but I did not mind paying the money to stroll around the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 2, 2015|
Response from FormerCaliBoy | Reviewed this property |
Hi octapus. Can you give more details on the cities you will be visiting and maybe our responses can be more helpful and detailed so you will be sure to see all the highlights of the area you will visit?
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HANOI:- Suggestions / Tourism & Shopping (11 Replies)
Should we cover the below? 1. Museum of Ethnology – Should we? 2. The Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius – Should we? 3. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Should we? 4. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square – Should we? 5. Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake – OK 6. Traditional water puppetry show in Thang Long Theatre – OK 7. Cyclo tour – OK SHOPPING: Kindly suggest which markets are worth visiting? 1. Van Phuc Silk Village 2. Hang Gai Street (Silk Street) 3....More
February 18, 2016|
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How long do you spend on your vacation?
suggested itin with Hanoikids (3 Replies)
We've set a half day tour with HK... but aren't sure what to ask for. We'll be in Hanoi for 6 full days so we will be doing some of these things on our own. Which of the following would you recommend booking with the HK? Hochiminh complex (including Hochiminh mausoleum, the house-on-stilt, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and the museum). - Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam - Sword lake area (including Sword lake and Ngoc Son temple) - West lake...More
August 27, 2009|
Response fromadvisor4hanoi|
Hi, My advice is: Renting a car and going by yourself with the tour guide from HK ( Students who work part-time ). To see all, you need 2-3 days. ^-^
Dukkar D
Vienna, Virginia
Hanoi attractions open on Christmas Day? (4 Replies)
Hi: We are planning a Dec. 2014 trip to Asia and will be in Hanoi on Christmas day (25th Dec.). Are the Hanoi attractions closed on Christmas day (25th Dec)? We wanted to see the following attractions: 1. Old Quarter (incl. Hoam Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple) 2. Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) and National University 3. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (if possible to fit before water puppet show, otherwise see this on the 26th) 4. Water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater ...More
January 13, 2014|
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