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Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple is a well-known Hanoi site that showcases ancient architecture and the spiritual lives of the Vietnamese people. It is a holy place where people come to pray for good fortune and mental calm.

Ngoc Son Temple In Hanoi City

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Location: Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Entrance fee

  • Children under 15 years old: Free
  • Students: US $0.7/ticket (with student card)
  • Adults: US $1.5/ticket

Opening hours

  • Weekdays: 7:00 - 18:00
  • Weekends: 7:00 - 21:00


  • Began construction in the autumn of 1841, under the rule of the Ly Dynasty, Ngoc Son Temple is the place to worship Tran Quoc Tuan King and Van Xuong De Quan, a folk and Taoist deity who controls people's merits.
  • Scholar Nguyen Van Van Sieu (1799 - 1872) completed the repairs in 1865 after the destruction of the temple. He created a large architectural complex at Hoan Kiem Lake by constructing the Tran Ba Pavillion, The Huc Bridge, and Pen Tower.

Architecture of Ngoc Son Temple

  • Nghi Mon Gate: The entrance to the compound is identified by the Nghi Mon Gate, which consists of two columns and walls on either side. The walls and pillars all have characters written in Chinese engraved into them.
  • Pen Tower: The Tower was built atop a stone slope in 1865 during the reign of King Tu Duc (1829-1883). It is 28 meters tall and crowned with a stone feather pen. Three Chinese characters etched on the tower read, "Write into the sky." The tower commemorates literary contributions as well as the struggles of the Trinh Lords (1545-1787) in their resistance against northern invaders.
  • Long Mon Ho Bang Gate: Two Chinese characters on the wall of the gate spell out Dragon Gate (Long Mon). On the left wall is a white tiger image with the Chinese phrase Tiger Board (Ho Bang). The Dragon Gate and Tiger Board symbolize testing and success, inspiring young people to learn more and more.

The Main Gate Of Ngoc Son Temple

  • The Huc Bridge: The Bridge is considered a Sun God symbol, named after the phrase "where sunlight beams in the early morning." When you visit the bridge in the morning, you may take advantage of the early sunlight and cool breezes in the heart of the vast lake.

The Sun God Symbol The Huc Bridge

The Sun God Symbol The Huc Bridge

  • Tran Ba Pavillion: During the feudal time, the Tran Ba Pavillion was built as a continual barrier against damaging cultural waves. The square pavilion features two layers of roofs supported by four stone columns and four timber columns.


Visits to the Ngoc Son Temple are made simpler by the fact that it is situated directly in picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. You can take a private vehicle, a cab, public transportation, or simply walk.

    • You can rent a motorbike or a car directly from your hotel or through a private agency, and your vehicles can be parked at one of the designated locations within the vicinity of Hanoi Pedestrian Street.
    • You can take any of the bus routes No. 08, 14, 31, and 36, all pass through Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Taking a walk to discover exciting surrounding spots is recommended
  • Avoid wearing tank tops or short skirts
  • Take off your hats and footwear when entering the temple
  • Do not talk and laugh too loudly

During your time in Hanoi, in addition to paying a visit to the Ngoc Son Temple, you should take our Hanoi City Tours to see some of the city's other popular tourist destinations.

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