Beginning of main content

Ngoc Son Temple

See a stuffed turtle, take photographs of traditional Vietnamese architecture or enjoy a moment of quiet reflection in the tranquil surroundings of this temple.

Perched on an island in the middle of Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) is one of the most picturesque and peaceful spots in Hanoi. This fascinating historic and religious site is known for its scenic beauty, great photo opportunities and an interior filled with intriguing artifacts. Explore the area around the lake and cross the bright red Huc Bridge to reach the temple.

From the middle of the bridge, you’ll have a panoramic view of the lake, the Ngoc Son Temple and Thap Rua (Tortoise Pagoda) at the opposite end of the lake. Snap some photographs to remember the experience. At dusk, the lake becomes illuminated by the fading sun, painting a beautiful backdrop for photos. 

The temple is constructed in a traditional Vietnamese style and its ornate entrance is considered one of the most impressive in the city. 

The temple is still in use as a place of worship. Watch monks at pray and inhale the smell of burning joss sticks. Visit the temple’s various buildings, including the Pen Tower and Dac Nguyet Lau (Moon Contemplation Pavilion). Stop by the Martyr’s Memorial next to the temple to pay your respects to those that lost their lives fighting for Vietnam’s independence. 

Ngoc Son Temple is located within the Hoàn Kiếm Lake precinct, immediately south of Hanoi’s old town and north of the French Quarter. Reach the temple on foot or by bus from most areas of central Hanoi. Some street parking is available in the area. 

The temple is open daily and a small admission fee applies with discounts for students and young children. Pay at the booth before you cross the bridge to the temple.

Popular Activities at Ngoc Son Temple

We understand you want to make the most out of your time at Ngoc Son Temple. So, we've rounded up a list of some fun things you can do on your visit:

Examine our Hanoi things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're in the area.


Guide to Exploring around Ngoc Son Temple


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Map

Lodging Near Ngoc Son Temple

See all 1,302 Properties near Ngoc Son Temple
Melia Hanoi $97
Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019
See details
 
Melia Hanoi

Melia Hanoi

44b Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Overall, we are very happy with the hotel. There is only one minor issue. The toilet seat cover in the lobby restroom needs to be changed. It is over-used.

    O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa $57
    Reviewed on May 23, 2019
    See details
     
    O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

    O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

    122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      The customer service was incredible. The hotel was modern, clean, and clearly remodeled. We had to leave early for the airport, so they even made us a sacked lunch because we would be missing the normal breakfast time. It was a great experience, and so nice to come back to such a calm environment ...

      The Oriental Jade Hotel $91
      Reviewed on May 7, 2019
      See details
       
      The Oriental Jade Hotel

      The Oriental Jade Hotel

      No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
         
        5.0 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0

        The property is new. Located at the heart of Old quarter and really convenient to get grabcar or taxi. Also a short 5min walk to lake and night market. Receptionist and staff were very friendly and helpful, able to converse in English. Hotel bed was comfy, variety of TV channels and toilet is clean. ...

        Hilton Hanoi Opera $82
        Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019
        See details
         
        Hilton Hanoi Opera

        Hilton Hanoi Opera

        1 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Room was little bit stuffy and carpet needs upgrade.

          Helios Legend Hotel $17
          Reviewed on May 22, 2019
          See details
           
          Helios Legend Hotel

          Helios Legend Hotel

          2D Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Large room that was very good price. Location was great, closed to main food, beer area. They have really good breakfast. Friendly staff, they can book wherever you want, buses, tours , taxis, etc. We also rented automatic motorbike and staff recommended us a lot places where to eat, to drink as ...

            Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel $96
            Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019
            See details
             
            Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel

            Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel

            29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
               
              4.3 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Lovely Staff with great customer care, Fantastic Location it was close to restaurants, shops, landmarks. We used the hotel car for transfers to airport and the driver was the best.

              Hanoi Lotus Boutique Hotel $21
              Reviewed on May 14, 2019
              See details
               
              Hanoi Lotus Boutique Hotel

              Hanoi Lotus Boutique Hotel

              2 Hoi Vu Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                It is an older building but the shower and restroom is renovated/clean. Sheets and towels were clean and neatly folded. It looks like a backpacker’s hostel but private. I think this place is excellent for the price I paid.

                Golden Cyclo Hotel $39
                Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
                See details
                 
                Golden Cyclo Hotel

                Golden Cyclo Hotel

                36 Ha Trung Str, Hang Bong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  The staff were excellent, very helpful. The room was bright and clean. The location was good for access to the old quarter and the French quarter. A reasonably good choice at breakfast. Unfortunately the bar was not in operation during our stay and the mattress in my sister in law's room was very ...