On Jade Island on Hoan Kiem Lake, this picturesque 18th-century shrine is perhaps the city's most beautiful. To get to the temple, walk through Three Passage Gate and across the Flood of Morning Sunlight Bridge. Once at the temple, you will reach a small courtyard where old men indulge in spirited games of Chinese chess.
Sitting pretty on an island at the north of the central Hoan Kiem Lake, it is little wonder that the Ngoc Son Temple is the most visited place of worship in Vietnam's capital. Surrounded by water and shaded by trees, the little temple is dedicated to 13th Century war hero General Tran Hung Dao.