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Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 0839100555
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century, and...

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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The temple is located on side of Hoan Kiem lake, I went to this place in the evening, so couldn't see anything clearly, but the atmosphere was more cool while the weather of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The temple is located on side of Hoan Kiem lake, I went to this place in the evening, so couldn't see anything clearly, but the atmosphere was more cool while the weather of Hanoi was so hot and sticky

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ngoc Son Temple can be reached by crossing a red bridge to an island on the lake where the setting is idyllic. The temple itself, however, is not really much in size or scope and is quite plain, but it is frequented by many. You do need to buy a ticket from a booth prior to crossing the bridge and... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As you approach the gate to Huc Bridge (the red coloured bridge over the lake to the island where the temple is situated) you will see a rock with a shrine to your left. You'll probably see a few local people lighting incense and praying by the shrine. Entrance to the temple is 30,000 Vietnamese Dong. And as beautiful as... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is located right in the heart of Hanoi, on the lake. With a relatively steep entrance fee, in comparison to other attractions like the Hoa La prison, you would expect this place to be better maintained, but it's not. Most of the "sights" within the temple has no translation from Vietnamese, which makes it very hard to understand... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The only thing of interest to us in here was the cast of the giant tortoise. I'm not a real fan of temples it's fair to say, and if you are there are better ones nearby.

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Thank Greyhound77
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ask for the student discount if you have you're ID and it's only 15,000. It's a great tranquil little spot amongst the bustle of the Old Quarter.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Entrance is paid which is quite unusual. And furthermore, given the entry fee, it's quite disappointing to see it not very well preserved. Nevertheless it's a pretty temple and it's nice just to sit on the bench and enjoy the views of the lake around.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the temple isn't that much, it offers a great view of the Hoan Kiem Lake and with it the city. It is VND 30000 to get in (not 20000 as advertised elsewhere)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picturesque temple at end of Hoa Kiem Lake with red bridge leading across to the island that the temple sits on. Great photo op from lakeside below the temple. The park around the lake is also quite scenic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As Hanoi are famous with a lot of lake, the nature landscaping of this lake is awesome. There;s a lot of student went to the temple to pray as it is famous among locals to be blessed and get good exam result, so you might expect some young peoples over there. Night time view was excellent, Hanoi is a destination... More 

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