Beginning of main content
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.

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


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Ngoc Son Temple

See all 1,422 Properties near Ngoc Son Temple
The Oriental Jade Hotel ¥10,718
The Oriental Jade Hotel

The Oriental Jade Hotel

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

    Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 18 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 19 minutes.

    Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi ¥22,942
    Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Hanoi Opera House, Ngoc Son Temple, and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. St. Joseph's Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 23 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 25 minutes.

      O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa ¥6,928
      O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

      O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

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

        Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Da Market and Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre. Hang Gai Street and Ly Trieu Quoc Su Pagoda are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 19 minutes.

        Silk Collection Hotel & Spa ¥4,192
        Silk Collection Hotel & Spa

        Silk Collection Hotel & Spa

        58 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. St. Joseph's Cathedral and Ngoc Son Temple are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 14 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 18 minutes.

          Apricot Hotel ¥13,065
          Apricot Hotel

          Apricot Hotel

          136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 20 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 21 minutes.

            Tirant Hotel ¥6,490
            Tirant Hotel

            Tirant Hotel

            38 Gia Ngu Str., Old Quarter - Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi Old City Gate and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 13 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 22 minutes.

              Somerset Grand Hanoi ¥11,119
              Somerset Grand Hanoi

              Somerset Grand Hanoi

              49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Hanoi, this family-friendly aparthotel is steps from Embassy of Belgium and Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Temple of Literature and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 24 minutes.

                Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa ¥4,482
                Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa

                Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa

                16-18 Bat Su, Hanoi
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi Old Town Night Market. Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 19 minutes.