Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi

4.4
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Situated at the rim of the Old Quarter among the city's most popular attractions, the green shores of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) offer a break from sightseeing and provide a quiet spot for people-watching. Notice the temple--topped with a red star--on a small islet in the middle of the lake. Apart from being the city's emblem, it commemorates a local legend, which involves an Excalibur-like sword. The story goes that a local dragon god gave a magical sword to a 15th-century Vietnamese emperor who used it in an uprising against the Ming Dynasty. When the war was won, a giant turtle emerged from the lake and took back the sword to return it to heaven. The lake is home to a rare species of soft-shell turtles. Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • Hoan Kiem is an amazing lake in Hanoi Old Quarter. We spent 1 hour walking around the lake after our puppet show nearby. It is a perfect place for photo hunt and relax in the peaceful and cool...  more »
  • Beautiful and romantic place. Great photo opportunities. Unfortunately the water is quite polluted, but don't let that stop you from visiting.  more »
  • The lake was just a few blocks from our hotel and we visited both to see it and en route to other sites. It's really just a big pond in the middle of the old city, with old and older temples, park...  more »
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  • Nice place for a walk. Can get very crowded but still good.
  • Hanoi - the first time I was here
  • Must see destination when you visit Hanoi
  • Good touristy place to hang out at.
  • Bit crowded but beautiful

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