Ngoc Son Temple

Attraction Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 26-04-2017

30 mins
07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
04:00 PM
04:30 PM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
1.34 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small island at Hoan Kiem's upper end, the temple is a good place to relax and cool down in the soft breeze over the lake

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Why Ngoc Son Temple is special ?

An elegant scarlet bridge, known as Huc (Rising Sun) Bridge, constructed in classical Vietnamese style and lined with flags, connects the island to the lakeshore. Surrounded by water and shaded by trees, this small temple is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao, who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century, La To, the patron saint of physicians, and the scholar Van Xuong. Inside you’ll find some fine ceramics, a gong or two, some ancient bells and a glass case containing a stuffed lake turtle, which is said to have weighed a hefty 250kg.

What to explore at Ngoc Son Temple?

The island and its temple are reached by a red wooden bridge called The Huc, which translates to "Flood of Morning Sunlight". Either end of the bridge is guarded by large stone gateways with Chinese characters written on them.

The temple consists of a main building housing the altars as well as some shops, along with a pavilion in front of the altars. A large bronze brazier sits in front of the main hall, holding burning incense sticks. Inside is the first of two altars. On it sit the two scholars along with several other deities. Behind this altar is the high altar dedicated to the hero Tran Hung Dao. In a room off to the side of the front altar is a preserved specimen of the lake's giant tortoise

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How to get to Ngoc Son Temple?

Ngoc Son Temple sits on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is centrally located and minutes walking from Hanoi's Old Quarter, where most hotels gather. From Noi Bai Airport, it takes about 40 minutes to get here. If you stay in West Lake area, just take Yen Phu Road to reach the Old Quarter and head east to Hoan Kiem Lake.

At Hoan Kiem Lake, visitors walks through the Three-Passage Gate (Tam Quan) and across the Morning Sunlight Bridge (The Huc) to Ngoc Son Temple

Selling points

  • An elegant scarlet bridge, Huc Bridge
  • A temple floating on Hoan Kiem Lake
  • A must see in Hanoi
  • Lovely Temple in middle of lake
  • History, culture and beautry
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Tips for you

  • The most special thing is a real turtle which was stored in the temple about 500 years ago, so you should catch the turtle in the lake.
  • You should not wear the short pants when visiting the temple.
  • The red bridge’s name translates as Rising Sun and early morning is the time to get the best photos of reflected images of both structures.
  • With one of the prettiest settings of Vietnamese temples, Ngoc Son garners its fair share of both local worshippers and tourists
  • The temple is relatively small.
  • You must be careful with the thieves.
  • Purchase the tickets at the booth to the left of the bridge before crossing the bridge to the temple. Tickets are checked before entering the temple.
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A romantic half bridge leading to the temple provides the best picture-perfect background to Hoan Kiem.

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A good location for picture taking overlooking the streets across the lake.

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A very romantic place to ask your girl to marry you! (Considered as the most romantic thing to do in Vietnam) so it Will be a definitely YES! ;-)

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Se accede a la isla a través de un precioso puente, con barandillas de color rojo, que es, probablemente, lo más destacable del lugar. El puente se llama The Huc (Sol naciente)

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Ngày xưa chỉ nghe tả qua sách giáo khoa, giờ lần đầu mới được đến thăm :D

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To see that the Vietnamese people's devotion to the past survives all outside influences is wonderful

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It is worth a trip across the little red bridge and paying the 20,000VND to have a quick look at the Ngoc Son Temple, even if it is just to see the giant turtle that used to live in the lake. There is still meant to be one alive in the lake, it brings luck to all those that spot it.

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We walked a lot in the old quarter of the city. There is no reason not to admire the old temple.

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We were the first tourist to enter the gates, inside the grounds the views of the city is beautiful. Besides the interesting history of the turtle and magic sword, it's a quiet place to escape the hustle of Hanoi. So peace peaceful and serene, with the fragrant incense inducing calm.

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A romantic half bridge leading to the temple provides the best picture-perfect background to Hoan Kiem


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