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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The temple sits on a small island in the centre of Hoan Kiem Lake and is linked by a beautiful red wooden bridge, which would make a lovely background for photos apart from the never-ending hoards of crowds!! Soo soooo soooo busy! :-S Currently there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laura T
Reviewed 5 days ago

The lake area is the place to be in Old Town Hanoi. If you are lucky, you will be there on the weekend...when they close the streets down. People are everywhere...strolling, dancing, exercising, singing...it is great. This temple is in the lake, there is very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mark-Breck-StPete
Reviewed 6 days ago

Yes, the Ngoc Son Temple is beautiful (I know because I have been there before) but now it is closed because of maintenance work and nobody tells you . The Lady at the desk still asks for the entrance fee (ok not too much but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank montebruno
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Impressed with the ancient architecture. It is located in the centre of Hoan Kiem Lake which has really beautifull view

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Caroline_vcb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful island and bridge. We paid entrsnce fee and walked over the bridge then we noticed that whole island was under a maintenance and could acces only turtle display. When we went outside we double checkked and there weren't any information about maintenance before ticket...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lussetus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is very auspicious place and has many legends associated with it. They charge VND 30K as entry fees which could be only worth if you wish to click some pictures and read details about the temple. Nothing very unique except the bridge access to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nitsnath123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Temple of the Jade Island located near the northern shore of beautiful Lake Hoan Kiem, built in 18th century to honour the 13th century military leader Trang Hung Dao. The beauty is in its location, beautiful surrounding and the red colour bridge called The Hug...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Avinash Chandra A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the island and Ngoc Son Temple early one morning (it opens at 7am) as I'd tried to visit the previous day but had been put off by coachloads of tourists. Admission is only £1 / 30k VND but there isn't much to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank neilhassall
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It is impossible not to take a picture from this spot. It “floats” on the lake and holds a piece of history inside. There is a golden casket in the shape of a turtle that contains two dead bodies of a real turtles. They were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Ok I have to admit my kids have a very short attention span when it comes to temples and pagodas , but the way around this I find is to give them a camera and they are more than happy then to snap away which...More

Date of experience: December 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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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
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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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