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“it's a temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple
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Full-Day Hanoi City Small-Group Tour with Lunch
Ranked #37 of 276 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“it's a temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012

Its an attractive place, quiet and with the usual locals in a an easy to get to location.
i watched the guys diving in the lake to fix some pilings on one of the jetties. its not somewhere i would want to go swimming to be fair

Visited November 2012
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“An oasis on the lake”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is a nice getaway when you get tired of the trafic around Hoan Kiem lake and all the hustlers who want´s to take you for a cyclo ride or clean your shoes.

To just sit down in the company of old men playing board games and look out over the lake and smell the incense sticks from inside the temple is very nice.

Visited October 2012
Thank Backmansinhanoi
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Great Place for Kids and Families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I made sure to take my kindergarten class here and we had a great conversation about buildings, lakes, turtles....and all the things that kids come up with. I really was hoping to have the Viet kids talk about going to the Temple with their family, which some did.
As a heads up, you can walk across the bridge without paying the entrance fee.
For best effect, go on a lunar day, either during the new moon, or a full moon. The temple will be packed with people burning in sense and offerings to the ancestors.
This is far from the most impressive temple, but it's age, and it's proximity make it a must-see.
Keep your eye peeled for the allusive turtle....

Visited June 2012
Thank Don L
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“nice oasis in a sea of traffic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This rwmple is built on an island on one of the many lakes in Hanoi. This is one small temple and a shop. Interesting story of why the turtle is so common in the city. Was a nice peaceful place to go and relax after dodging the traffic

Visited October 2012
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“The cultural sights in Hanoi are so boring!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Is it me or are the cultural sights in Hanoi at all worth looking at?

They are neither magnificent nor awe-inspiring. Not worth the walk there

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