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Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 0839100555
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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interesting place

we really enjoyed this temple it was a bit different to the usual as we were a bit 'templed out' by now, would recommend this one and go back

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we really enjoyed this temple it was a bit different to the usual as we were a bit 'templed out' by now, would recommend this one and go back

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to see and the area has little bridges and more to explore around the Temple. Inside is very interesting and very popular with locals. Always lots occurring, and the temple is very ornate. The views inside are stunning but it is a small temple. The problem is that there is so many temples in Hanoi that it can be... More 

Thank Paul C
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a bad little temple. A few good photo opportunities of the lake. Don't expect to spend too much time here.

Thank johnny_SinHung
Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting temple in the Hoàn Kiếm. The temple itself it's not a killer one, it's quite small. But the views of the lake and the tranquility you have there make this visit worth

Thank Komator
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very very very suitable place to enjoy the view of Hoan Kiếm lake. A little bit crowded in the spring because of limited space

Thank nicolabert1985
Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small temple located on a little island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, in the very centre of the old town in Hanoi. To reach the temple one has to cross a nice and very photogenic red wooden bridge. The entry fee is really symbolic but in accordance with what the temple can offer: nothing really interesting, except the nice view... More 

Thank Radu P
Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though this place isn't very clean, it is in the central of Hanoi. Inside, you can look closely at Hoan Kiem Lake or pray. You can also see a model of the Turtle and the story of it. However, a few months ago, the turtle died. It had lived for a long long time so it is very old now.... More 

Thank minhanhvvv66
Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very beautiful, very photogenic, very crowed., Being tall, Blonde and AMERICAN I had my picture taken with more people than I can count in weeks......bigger attraction than the atttraction

Thank Richard E
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You get here by crossing the red bridge at the top end of the lake. It's on an island. To be frank, the only thing it really has going for it in my mind, is its location. The temple itself is a bit blah.

Thank Emma C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This temple looked very interesting but after paying a small entrance fee it proved to be very disappointing. The best part of this temple is the bridge to access it! The actual temple is very disappointing with shops being the biggest part - really not worth going over for. The actual temple is very small with no guidance about anything.... More 

Thank Tom R

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