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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 3 days ago via mobile

We visited here during our last full day in the city and as part of our sightseeing tour. This is a small temple but worth a look. It is obviously very popular and many people were worshiping here during our visit. Very photogenic location across...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank srablair
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a cute little temple on Hoan Kiem lake. We visited this place on the 1/15 lunar new year celebration, so it was a bit crowded. The ticket cost is 30k VND per adult. What makes this temple unique is it is located on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lisado976
Reviewed 1 week ago

very highlights and much pictured small temple located in the cool lake. connected with a nice bridge and much visited. at night due to good lighting, it appears very bright. the whole lake area is nice and u must visit both at day and night....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 435jalali
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is on the side of the lake and is well decorated in the traditional golden cladding.near to the square huge turtle statue is worshiped.people pray for long life.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sudeep912
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You do have to pay to access the temple. The walk takes you across a red bridge which is a popular place for people to take selfies! The temple site offers good views across the lake and is interesting in its own right. At night...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Beverley B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Down on a small island known as Jade Island in Hoan Kiem Lake is a beautiful pagoda connected to the mainland via a gorgeous red painted wooden Huc Bridge, also known as the Rising Sun Bridge. We did not visit the pagoda/temple, more than happy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kpiddy
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 January 10, 2019 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
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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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