Ngoc Son Temple

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Hanoi tourists and locals come to Hoan Kiem Lake when seeking a place to get away from the noise of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island.
The temple was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was renowned for his bravery in the battle against the Nguyen Dynasty. The island and its temple are reached by a red wooden bridge called The Huc "Morning Sunlight Bridge".

The bridge is nice and the gates are very attractive. Either end of the bridge is guarded by large stone gateways with Chinese characters written on them. It attracts many visitors to sightseeing and takes nice photos from the shore walkway around the actual 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.

The combination of Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem lake has formed an overall unified architecture, creating the ancient beauty, evoking stained feelings between man and nature. Temple and the lake became witness to recall the memories of the past history of the nation, awakening pride, patriotic and spiritual legitimacy, a sense of Vietnam before the survival of the nation.

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