Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple)
Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) Hanoi Reviews
Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) Jul 12, 2013
The temple located at the lake across the wooden red bridge called the Huc Bridge (meaning Morning Sunlight Bridge) in Hanoi Old town.
The temple was erected in the 18th century. It honors the 13th-century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan Dynasty, Van Xuong, a scholar, and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge of repairs made to the temple in 1864.
There is usd 2 entrance fee to enter this temple, and it is very cheap. Inside the temple there is a stuffed lake turtle in a glass case which rumor age 500 years old which grabbed the Emperor Le Loi sword.
According to the legend, emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword,Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths.
All attempts to find either the sword or the turtle failed. Lợi concluded that the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) had come to reclaim the sword that it had given Lợi some time earlier, during his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, it was formerly known as Luc Thuy meaning ("Green Water"). The Turtle Tower (Thap Rùa) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend.
These days, a lot local people try to get the sight of this life and rare turtle at the lake as they believe it will bring them good luck.
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