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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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  • small average temple and you have to pay to go in, not much on display to see really. can be missed.  more »
  • this place attracts a lots of tourist, probably because this is the only temple in the city. has a bit of histroy arond it and besides that, there is nothing to see there.  more »
  • built around 1054? still used by the monks, very popular with the locals. many pay respects by offering joss sticks/incense etc. i found the aroma a bit overpowering, otherwise nice way to spend an ho...  more »
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  • 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
  • A lovely little temple in the middle of the lake! Best viewed from the west side at night. Worth the cheap admission price to walk around. I really enjoyed the bonsai!