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“A small quaint temple on the lake” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple
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$69.00*
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Full-Day Hanoi City Small-Group Tour with Lunch
Ranked #35 of 274 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."
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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“A small quaint temple on the lake”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

We stopped by the temple as we were taking a nice stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. For $2 you can get entrance into the temple, but I find it a little religiously vacuous to pay for something considered holy; it makes it less so (at least for me).

If I was to do it again, I would not have paid to go.

Visited December 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

This is a pretty temple located in the hoan kiem lake in the old quarter. Not particularly amazing but worth popping in if you are walking around the lake which is very pretty. Some nice photo opportunities too and just under USD2 per person entry.

Visited November 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not worth the admission fee”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

There's just very little to see. Save your money and go to the Tran Quoc Pagoda instead which is bigger, better and free.

Visited November 2013
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Fine for a short visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were curious about that temple so we paid the 20,000 DNG entrance fee to have a closer look at it. Well, there is not much to say about it. It's small but offers a quite relaxing atmosphere in the middle of the loud and chaotic Hanoi.
A nice-to-see location, but nothing unforgettable.

Visited November 2013
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Kangaroo Flat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“good for a short visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the red Huc Bridge stood out and is quite impressive so decided to walk over it to the temple. It was worth the VND20,000 ( us$1.00 ) just to walk over to see the temple in the lake. It was quite a nice small temple but didn't particulary stand out over others i have seen.

Visited November 2013
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