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Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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+84 8 3910 0555
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century, and...

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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Good for a quick stop

We came upon this while strolling around the lake , it is worth a stop . The temple is small but lovely . The only problem for me is the smoke from the incense,

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Came across this temple while walking around Lake Kiem on a Friday night - it cost a little to go in but the history was actually fairly well written. It was quite small but had an interesting and quite large taxidermy turtle with a story about it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came upon this while strolling around the lake , it is worth a stop . The temple is small but lovely . The only problem for me is the smoke from the incense,

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There's a small entrance fee (can't remember how much). It's a Taoist temple and it's not as big as Confucius and Buddhist temple in Hanoi. The lake view is stunning and windy when I visited

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a small temple set in the Hoan Kiem lake. It is worth the small entry fee to visit this unique place.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

there's nothing much, but this site is perfect who travel with expensive camera. simple yet traditional temple with a lot of trees which made it very comfortable for a short break photograp session

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Dhaka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ngoc Son Temple is an interesting temple on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. It is right near the famous roundabout, and you need to cross the iconic Red bridge leading to this temple in the middle of the green lake. Entrance fee is 3000 dong per person. This temple truly makes you feel a sense of peace... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is primarily interesting because of its location on the lake. However, it also has an 11 level pagoda that is very attractive. All parts of the temple are colorful and interesting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's located on the lake and gives some lovely views across the area. That being said, you can get similar views from anywhere around the lake - and that's free! The red bridge is also accessible without needing to buy a ticket. There's not much inside other than the main temple itself and I didn't spend more than 15 minutes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ngoc Son temple was the closest to my lodging in Hanoi. This is one temple with so much in store within it and out. Inside you have a lot of pavilions to rest in and ponder your thoughts for the day. The temple proper is very well kept, spend a few time to pray if you can. The temple is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful setting and location for this Temple. Accessed by pedestrian bridge (red). Temple itself is quite simple compared to some other similar Temples in the city. This Temple is set apart from others purely by its location on the Lake. Visiting at night becomes a completely different location......lighting changes the view completely. Well worth visiting when in this area of... More 

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