We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Phone Number:
+84 8 3910 0555
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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."

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Full-Day Hanoi City Small-Group Tour with Lunch
More Info
and up
Half-Day Hanoi City Tour
More Info
and up
Hanoi City Full-Day Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 753 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 88
  • 203
    Very good
  • 118
  • 19
  • 6
Famous temple in the lake

Another famous temple in the lake of restored sword. The other side of red bridge, famous photo spot in Hanoi. Temple isn't that big but not too small. Mainly worship to guan yu... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

753 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 434: English reviews
Level Contributor
226 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another famous temple in the lake of restored sword. The other side of red bridge, famous photo spot in Hanoi. Temple isn't that big but not too small. Mainly worship to guan yu for the sake of wealth and business (ask from local people anyway). Full of visitors, yet full of worship from local people to foreigners. Please notice and... More 

Thank TiddyWallapa
Bideford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hard to avoid the Ngoc Son Temple given its position at the Old Quarter end of Hoan Kiem Lake. It's a pleasant spot to spend half an hour look around and take some photos. There isn't that much space on the 'island' so try to pick a quiet time.

Thank ChrissyLew
puerto princesa
Level Contributor
118 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nearly all tourists visiting Hanoi wander round Hoan Kiem lake in the center of the city, just south of the Old Quarter and many of them spend an hour or so at the picturesque temple at the NE corner. The temple is situated on a small island called Jade Island and is accessible by crossing a lovely little bridge called... More 

Thank palawandave
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very small temple that you can walk around in a matter of minutes. There was a very small cost for a ticket and was an interesting shrine to visit as it is in the centre of the lake. Worth a go.

Thank Ryan G
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Level Contributor
164 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing special but worth a peek if you are already walking around the lake and want some photo ops on the bridge.

Thank livinonanisland
Level Contributor
96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good view of the lake and the temple during night time, need entrance ticket to get into the temple, lot of people in the weekend.

Thank Saibhuvi b
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great trip to this temple and our guide was excellent. After the temple we cycled through the countryside for 11km and then took a river trip to An area known locally as Ha Long on land.

Thank Lynn S
Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old temple is situated in Hoan Kiem lake near the Old Quarter. The red bridge on the night very beauty but very crowded, hard to take photo without stranger people on your picture. Recommended you should visit this temple around 5pm to 7pm. Less tourist and local people in here

Thank Stephen H
Level Contributor
135 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A rather quaint little temple accessed over the iconic Cau The Huc Bridge. Rather extravagant decoration but no surprises. Offers nice views down the lake. Heaving with tourists. Open 8:00-18:00 and entrance costs 30,000 VND (15,000 for students).

Thank PierreMalmaison
New York City
Level Contributor
128 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During daytime the bridge and temple itself are packed with worshipers and tourists. It's the same in the evening, but in the evening the place takes on a magical aura. The walkways are lighted in soft red and the bridge itself is magnificent in the red glow. Be sure to walk to the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake to... More 

Thank ber357

Travellers who viewed Ngoc Son Temple also viewed


Been to Ngoc Son Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ngoc Son Temple and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Ngoc Son Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?