Discover Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple - Hanoi
Travelers, who need to clear out their minds before leaving the city of Hanoi, should definitely visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. This quiet gem located in the heart of the city, serves as the focal point for the country’s public life. Surrounded by the rustling sounds of modernization, locals and tourists alike can escape the havoc of the twenty first century, and recollect themselves in these two attractions. There is no bad hour and coming in during anytime of the day is always ideal.
Visitors, who arrive during the early hours of the morning, will get a chance to see the young and old participating in meditative aerobics (such as tai-chi and yoga) by the shore. In the afternoons, the lake becomes the perfect spot to observe the locals zoom through the streets whilst on their motorbikes. During the evening, however, Hoan Kiem Lake will fall silent as it is lit up with dazzling lights; revealing a romantic picture of Hanoi.
Ngoc Son Temple or more locally known as Đền Ngọc Sơn can be found at the center of Hoan Kiem Lake. To get to the temple is a journey itself, because before visitors can even step on this sacred ground, they will need to cross the red-painted bridge known as, The Huc Bridge (Morning Sunlight Bridge). There is, however, and entrance fee of 3,000 VND, but the price is always worth it – especially for travelers who plan to end their Vietnam trip here.
To get to these locations, Trip Guru suggests visitors not to take any transportation and go there by foot. Not only is it a few minutes’ walk from Hanoi’s Old Quarter, but also, gives them a chance to explore Hanoi’s local scene. Ngoc Son Temple is open from 08:00AM to 5:00PM