Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple

The Temple of the Jade Mountain or Ngoc Son Temple is located on Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple

Hanoi’s most visited temple sits pretty on a delightful little island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake. You can reach the island on a red bridge which adds to the harmonious feeling of the temple. The House of the Moon and the temple entrance are located at the end of the bridge. An elegant scarlet bridge, Huc (Rising Sun) Bridge, constructed in classical Vietnamese style and lined with flags, connects the island to the lake shore. Vietnam holidays packages

One of Hanoi’s attractions

One of Hanoi’s attractions

The temple supposedly dates back to the fourteenth century, although the current buildings were probably built in the eighteenth century. The temple is dedicated to the hero Tran Hung Dao, who defeated a force of 300,000 sent to invade Vietnam by the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan. There are also altars dedicated to the scholars Van Xuong and La To, the patron saint of physicians. Indochina tours Vietnam

On the island, you will find the temple sheltering among many ancient trees. It was first dedicated to Buddha, but now for a group of Vietnamese and Chinese Saints drinking tea happily together. The reseachers say that it is Vietnamese people’s wish for peace: Chinese, Vietnamese and others live happily in the same ASIA house.

Ngoc Son Temple is the unique architectural ensemble located next to Hoan Kiem Lake. 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. Inside you will 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 250 kg.

Inside the temple

Inside the temple

The spot is lovely, not only for the ostentatious architecture, but for interesting people who take refuge from the city here. Your camera may capture old men playing checkers in the Pavilion of the Stelae, someone fishing quietly among the willows which practically obscure the island from view, a couple posing for their wedding photo with the Tortoise Pagoda in the background, or the young photographers who always gather on the red wooden bridge.

Ngoc Son Temple is one of Hanoi’s tourist attractions that visitors really should give it a try.

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