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Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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 your visit to Ngoc Son Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hanoi vacation generator.
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  • This beautiful temple on Hoi Kiem Lake is best seen at night. Take a walk all around the lake and when you arrive at the temple entrance you will walk across a bridge and we got in for free. In the ev...  more »
  • 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. Als...  more »
  • 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  more »
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  • interesting island temple/wat but often crowded. on the time i went there was an asian man of a family, who probably just got off one of those annoying tour buses (forgive me if that sounds a bit ethnocentric, but it is becoming a true stereotype of the new annoying tourists that surpass the tennis shoed american of yesteryear) arguing at the ticket office over the VND equivalent of 50 cents and held the line up for quite a while so i had to leave and was not able to go in judging the wait not worth it after looking at pictures of it on the fly on my cell phone while there. go early to avoid a crown or situation like i describe. some of the parks and attractions have nominal non profit fees that are modest and fair that basically pay for maintenance only. my review only reflects on the bridge and what you can see before entering, inside, there is just a small chinese style temple, what makes it unique is the bridge you cross that anyone can go on without a ticket.
  • Heart of Hanoi. Uniquely historic. Legendary and magnificient
  • One of the ancient temples of Hanoi where the biggest turtle specimen is being kept. The temple built on an island of Hoan Kiem lake, the lake with the legend of returning magic sword to the Golden Turtle God
  • Small temple in the middle of the lake, linked by a small red bridge. It's nothing much to see but worth a little walk if you're already by the lake. Entrance fee is 30K (probably to keep out the hoard of tourists) and visitors have to be decently dressed (no shoulders revealed, no shorts; they'll give you a robe to wear over for free but mine was wet with some previous wearer's pit sweats).
  • Cute temples, flourishing with locals and tourists. Entrance fee is 30k per adult. It could get a little too crowded but worth it if you're in town for a browse

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