Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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  • Hedthree G
    Pomona, California76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheap thrill with lots of legend behind it
    There's a great view of the lake from Cafe Pho Co top floor. Enjoy good food, a breeze , and the view. The Hoan Kiem Lake itself is actually pretty big and picturesque. You have to buy a ticket to go over the bridge to the temple, but it amounts to a few US pennies. There are several photo opportunities here. We did get to see written prayers being burned so the gods can receive them. Cool!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Thanh An
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight in our journey!
    This place for us is a good destination because it's located on one beautiful island of Hoankiem lake. We stayed there for a couple of hours and exlored a lot. Historical values of Hanoi gave us a hard pass to leave this wonderful country.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • loonylou78
    West Sussex, United Kingdom318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple.
    This was such a fantastic temple to visit. It was our first Vietnamese temple we visited during our recent travels. Situated on Hoan kiem lake it provided a little bit of peace and quiet away from the craziness of the old quarter! Costing less than £1 to get in ,the place is stunning. Lots of artwork at the entrance and a bridge to walk over. The temple itself is small but so colourful and well maintained, you can take pictures from the outside but not inside, but trust me it's beautiful. Also inside the grounds is a small room which features 2 lake turtles which are believed to be the last ones ever to come from the lake and they help to keep the story of the lake turtles and the magical sword alive ( the lake which the temple stands is also known as sword lake). Please visit when you're in Hanoi even if for a short while.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Justin H
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, though somewhat unremarkable temple.
    It's interesting because it is on the lake, but otherwise it is fairly similar to a lot of other temples. Nice for a shorter stop, but not somewhere to spend a lot of time. Murals are nice, but lots of people taking photos everywhere.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,162 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing location of an ordinary Temple
    Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small island on Hoan Kiem Lake in the very center of Hanoi. It's reachable via a small picturesque bridge paying a small fee. Temple is quite ordinary, like many others we saw all over Vietnam, however its position on the lake is so beautiful and that's the reason it's so popular. Come at night as well, when it's beautifully illuminated.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Higuma 2017
    Australia1,083 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try to figure that out.
    This is all about the turtle(s). And worthwhile the visit. A rather average, but reasonably cute temple, displaying two dead turtles, quite massive, to be honest. These poor creatures used to live at the bottom of that lake in the middle of Hanoi. Their kind is gone, forever. Their stories can be found on the wall, available in English. Although Vietnamese scholars like to classify them as a unique local species, they are part of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle species... which does not make the whole survival of the species any more bright, as there are only two known individuals alive in the whole planet - both males. Back to the temple, displayed in each of the two glass boxes, there is an item, quite unrecognisable. Looks like a clawed hand. In one of them there is an explanation that suggests it's the reproductive apparel. Check that and try to figure it out... If those two specimens on display were indeed males and those things are what is suggested, no wonder all the females are dead and the species is functionally extinct.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views are nice
    The bridge is lovely all lit up at night and we couldn't help wanting to cross it and see what the temple was like on the other side. Not a lot there to be fair and the turtles were not there when we visited. Nice to see a different perspective of the lake and it is a nice area of Hanoi but not a lot to see. I would visit just for the views.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only for location
    Temple located in the middle of the lake with access via a highly photogenic bridge. It's worth visiting just for its location. The temple itself is very small and of no great interest Interesting views from the temple to the lake and the city of Hanoi It's not really worth it
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2024
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Temple located in the middle of the lake with access via a highly photogenic bridge. It's worth visiting just for its location. The temple itself is very small and of no great interest
Interesting views from the temple to the lake and the city of Hanoi
It's not really worth it
Written 26 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The bridge is lovely all lit up at night and we couldn't help wanting to cross it and see what the temple was like on the other side. Not a lot there to be fair and the turtles were not there when we visited. Nice to see a different perspective of the lake and it is a nice area of Hanoi but not a lot to see. I would visit just for the views.
Written 15 April 2024
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The-Mong-Melbourne-Australia
Maroondah, Australia518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I’ve been to this bridge during the day and night, but at night from the edge of the lake, you can take some beautiful photographs. Thoroughly recommend if it’s a nice evening a walk around the top part of the lake, including sitting on one of the park benches and chilling out for a few minutes, watching the beautiful lights of the pagoda and bridge.
Written 11 April 2024
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Higuma 2017
Australia1,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is all about the turtle(s). And worthwhile the visit. A rather average, but reasonably cute temple, displaying two dead turtles, quite massive, to be honest. These poor creatures used to live at the bottom of that lake in the middle of Hanoi. Their kind is gone, forever. Their stories can be found on the wall, available in English. Although Vietnamese scholars like to classify them as a unique local species, they are part of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle species... which does not make the whole survival of the species any more bright, as there are only two known individuals alive in the whole planet - both males. Back to the temple, displayed in each of the two glass boxes, there is an item, quite unrecognisable. Looks like a clawed hand. In one of them there is an explanation that suggests it's the reproductive apparel. Check that and try to figure it out... If those two specimens on display were indeed males and those things are what is suggested, no wonder all the females are dead and the species is functionally extinct.
Written 4 April 2024
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a lovely little temple that has a legend to tell about it’s origins. You cross over a lovely red bridge to get to it.
Written 20 February 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small island on Hoan Kiem Lake in the very center of Hanoi. It's reachable via a small picturesque bridge paying a small fee.
Temple is quite ordinary, like many others we saw all over Vietnam, however its position on the lake is so beautiful and that's the reason it's so popular.
Come at night as well, when it's beautifully illuminated.
Written 11 February 2024
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Mohit Mangal
Mumbai, India116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The place is absolutely amazing. It is very peaceful and at awesome location.

We visited the place twice as in the evening with all the lighting, the place looks amazing

It is very close to Old quarter area so if you are staying there mostly u can walk to the temple. It is directly opposite to the puppet show theatre, which is also a must visit.
Written 11 December 2023
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Katie2690
149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Well worth a visit. Interesting local history, beautiful views and the temple is absolutely worth a visit. A beautiful place to visit.
Written 25 November 2023
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André K
Hefei, China279 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The lake where this temple is situated is more worth the visit then the temple. This is also a waste of time to visit as this temple has nothing special and is just a very small building on an island. Nothing spectacular here.
Written 19 October 2023
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Justin H
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It's interesting because it is on the lake, but otherwise it is fairly similar to a lot of other temples. Nice for a shorter stop, but not somewhere to spend a lot of time. Murals are nice, but lots of people taking photos everywhere.
Written 18 October 2023
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