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Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi

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Dedicated to a hero who defeated an army of 300,000 Mongol warriors, Ngoc Son Temple rests on a small jade islet on Hoan Kiem Lake. To get here, you'll cross a red wooden bridge known as the "Flood of Morning Sunlight." Once you pass the two stone gateways and enter the main hall, you can burn incense sticks at the large bronze brazier, and afterwards visit the pavilion and altars dedicated to scholars and deities. The ornate altar dedicated to the hero Tran Hung Dao stands behind the scholars' shrines, along with a room that holds a cast of the lake's giant tortoise. Plan to visit Ngoc Son Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hanoi attractions using our Hanoi route planner .
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  • Is a beautiful Tower, 5 floors, the Paintbrush and the two pillars that make access is engraved with Chinese characters which indicate luck and happiness. The tower itself has an inscription that mentions "written on the blue sky". But mostly it's location: it is located on a small island to the northernmost tip of the Lake, known as Lake of the returned Sword (Hoan Chiem, in local language). The story goes that during the reign of Le Loi, in the 15th century, a giant turtle took possession of the sword of the emperor.
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  • Ancient temple in Hanoi you should visit. It was not much to see. But if you have nothing to do, just do it.  more »
  • It was so wicked hot when we went to the lake the evening of our arrival it wasn't until we actually started to get our tickets I decided I'd feel better coming back with covering for my shoulders and...  more »
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  • Nice temple in middle of small lake and near old quarter. Chinese tradition all around the temple. Entry fee around one dollar. Bit crowded around noon. Best time to visit this temple in the morning.
  • Nice temple, currently under construction though and costs 30k to get across the bridge. Very interesting shrine (and tortoise) inside. Beautifully lit up at night.
  • Free for kids under 15 years so a good place to take kids. There were English signs around and was fairly interesting. Was very crowded though.
  • Small quaint. They charge to go across but it isn’t maintained as nicely as it should be. But it is beautiful at night when it’s lit up and no people on it...
  • Entrance fee was about 30k dong and they did have Information signs about the place in English. It was quit busy but still a beautifully place to unwinded a bit. Also a free restroom.
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