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“Nice Surrounds For An Ordinary Temple”
Review of Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple
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$59.00*
and up
Half-Day Hanoi City Tour
Ranked #60 of 287 things to do in Hanoi
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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."
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

At 20,000 VND it's an inexpensive sight to visit and although the temple itself is nothing special inside, the view of the lake from the terraced area at the back is worth the entrance fee.

Note that you can cross the bridge and take photos without it costing a penny - you buy your ticket at one side of the bridge and show it to the person on the other side as you go into the temple itself, but there were plenty of people on the bridge who didn't want to spend the money but still wanted their holiday pic and this didn't seem to be a problem at all

1  Thank Vicki432
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

The fees kept out the crowd; both locals and cheap tourists.

The temple may not be much but it is worth the 20,000VN (USD1) admission for a moment of peace and clean latrines. The is a huge stuffed turtle there (authentic) that was supposedly the last turtle caught in the lake. In 2011, another similar turtle was caught an released in the lake, weighing 200kg.

Thank benzberry
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

I think we paid something like 30,000D each to get in so it was nothing expensive. The thing is there is really not much in there to see that we hadn't seen already. There's temples aplenty in Vietnam. The view of the lake is great but you can see that at any other vantage point around Hoan Kiem Lake. It was nice seeing old men huddled around playing Chinese Chess and the big replica 250kg tortoise but that was pretty much it. Nice during sunset and there were so many tourists there.

Thank KayCeeNZ
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Like any other temples, i hate the idea to pay for administration fee to access a small place (while many local access with no fee). The only interesting things are the temple locates on the lake and you can enjoy a amazing view to the lake and streets nearby. There is a history hundred years old mummy turtle is displayed inside the temple.

Thank tamali71
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

it is the centre of Hanoi and Vietnam, you can see a lot of interesting things there, and the surrounding is nice too.

Thank lockyHanoi
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