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Ngoc Son Temple

Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
+84 8 3910 0555
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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 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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  • Very good49%
  • Average28%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“red bridge” (65 reviews)
“hoan kiem lake” (112 reviews)
“huc bridge” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
+84 8 3910 0555
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were denied entrance because we were wearing shorts. We needed to rent a long cover to enter. I completely respect the traditions of the temple, but they should have a sign letting people know. Also, it was PACKED. We asked for a refund and...More

Thank MsMK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A temple on the lake, looks so beautiful at night and there are many historic stories here My friend was born in Hanoi, he came here and said that it was really a must place to visit in Hanoi

Thank Vũ P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ancient Temple of Chinese-Vietnamese origin located close-by the Lake. Unique photo opportunities abound.

Thank balipaul55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went because it was one of those things you have to do. You pay a small entry fee. There are light coats available to cover yourself with if needed for free. You walk over a beautiful red bridge. The temple is small and not much...More

Thank Angela W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Early morning visit. We were glad to have a helpful guide who explained the significance of the Buddhas and other figures. Pretty view over the lake

Thank QuinnyGG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

- Walk through The Huc bridge then get inside the temple. The Huc is a small, historic bridge with impressive red colour. - Ngoc Son is a sacred religious and historical site, for paying homage to Tran Hung Dao (a hero in Tran dynasty) and...More

Thank Munchantyty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Accessed via the red bridge- surrounded by beautiful bonsai trees and full size banyan trees. Quite crowded when we went, but still had some quieter areas on the other side of the island from the entrance. One small annoyance- when we got to the entrance...More

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well visited location on the lake in Hanoi. Admission is pretty cheap and the interior of the temple inside is quite extraordinary.

Thank SidneyFace
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple is on a small island accessed via a bridge on the Hoan Kiem lake. Small charge to view. Interesting place with bonsai trees and small gardens.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 8 June 2017

small average temple and you have to pay to go in, not much on display to see really. can be missed.

Thank thd007
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2 March 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?