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Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) Tours

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Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple)
Set on its own island on Hoan Kiem Lake, it’s easy to see why picturesque Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) is one of the most visited places of worship in Hanoi. Full of history and scenic beauty, this fascinating 19th-century temple offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.
 
The Basics
Constructed in the classical Vietnamese style, the temple is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao (who defeated the Mongols), La To (patron saint of physicians), and scholar Van Xuong. Walk across the elegant Huc Bridge, painted in red, to Jade Island, where the temple is located. Admire the ornate Three Passage Gate, and take in the different structures, including the Pen Tower, Ink Slab, Moon Contemplation Pavilion, and Tran Ba Pavilion.
 
Many half-day and full-day sightseeing tours of Hanoi will feature a stop at Ngoc Son Temple, along with other top attractions such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Or experience Hanoi like a local on a motorbike tour around the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees to enter the temple; appropriate clothing can be borrowed at the entrance with an ID deposit.
  • Don’t forget to take in panoramic views of Hoan Kiem Lake from Huc Bridge.
  • Periodic renovations can shut down significant portions of the temple grounds.
 
How to Get There
Ngoc Son Temple is located within Hoan Kiem Lake, just south of the Old Town and north of the French Quarter. You can walk to the temple from most areas of central Hanoi. It is also accessible by the 36 bus.
 
When to Get There
The temple is open daily. Visit early in the morning to see locals around the lake practicing Tai Chi, and to beat the crowds. The temple is very popular on weekends, with smaller crowds during the week. For the best photos, visit around sunset or in the evening, when the temple is lit up and reflected in the calm waters of Hoan Kiem Lake.
 
Turtle Tower
Turtle Tower is the other structure in Hoan Kiem Lake. A 3-tiered pavilion, it’s also known as Thap Rua. A key icon of Hanoi, it was built in the 19th century to commemorate the golden turtle and the returned sword of legend. Although it’s not accessible to the public, its illuminated after dark and offers a great photo opportunity, particularly with its shimmering reflection in the lake. accessible to the public.
Address: Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Discover Hanoi on a full-day city tour that introduces you to major attractions such as the Old Quarter and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). With a guide, learn about the city's history as you visit One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, and the Temple of Literature. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Discover the culture and history of Hanoi on a full day of sightseeing around the Vietnamese capital. This private tour is led by a personal guide who introduces you to local life, past and present. You’ll tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake. Your itinerary includes lunch with the option to upgrade for private hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$28.00
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Hanoi City Tour Full Day

Hanoi City Tour Full Day

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Hanoi daily City Tour will give you a general view about Hanoi with some main features, such as its history, culture, architecture, religion, etc. With a well-organized program for one day, tourists will visit most famous places of Hanoi, such as Ho Chi Minh Complex, one pillar pagoda, the museum of ethnology, Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son temple, Hoan Kiem Lake.
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  • 9 hours
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Hanoi Full Day SIC Tour

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Private Full Day Highlights Sightseeing of Hanoi City

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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Full Day Hanoi City Tour Including Local Lunch

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Join this private tour with your friends or family members to explore Hanoi city. In this tour you will get chance to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu Temple, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake Museum of Ethnology. A good overview of Hanoi.
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Hanoi City Tour For 1 Day

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Hanoi City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

Hanoi City Tour Including Cyclo Ride

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Private Hanoi City Tour - Full Day

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  • 8 hours
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Ha Noi City tour - Group tour

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Explore many of the must-see highlights of Vietnam’s capital, on this exciting private tour of Hanoi. Experience the city’s history and variety by visiting the Old Quarter, French Quarter, and New Quarter all in one day. See the impressive tower of the Tran Quoc pagoda, a local lacquer workshop, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and enjoy a delicious local lunch in the city.
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