"Ngoc Son Temple" Hoan Kiem Lake Tip by sunnywong

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi: 104 reviews and 228 photos


The temple was built on an island at Hoan Kiem Lake in the 19th century. A great Hanoi writer, Nguyen Van Sieu had a large pen-shaped tower built at the entrance of the temple. On the upper section of the tower, also called Thap But, are 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"; Dai Nghien, meaning "ink stand", is carved from stone resembling a peach placed on the back of the three frogs on top of the gate to the temple; and The Huc, meaning "where rays of morning sunshine touch".

Address: Located at Hoan Kiem Lake

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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