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

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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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  • We stayed in Hanoi for 3 nights. Our hotels - the Apricot, was just on the other side of the road, looked over the lake. Liked it very and we could confidently walked along the streets to visit old.....  more
    We stayed in Hanoi for 3 nights. Our hotels - the Apricot, was just on the other side of the road, looked over the lake. Liked it very and we could confidently walked along the streets to visit old.....  more »
  • Even for first-time visitors to Vietnam, Hoan Kiem Lake is easily recognizable from all postcards. The peaceful lake is the de facto core of the Vietnamese capital and offers a lush, pleasant area... 
    Even for first-time visitors to Vietnam, Hoan Kiem Lake is easily recognizable from all postcards. The peaceful lake is the de facto core of the Vietnamese capital and offers a lush, pleasant area...  more »
  • Good paths around the lake make it a very pleasant walk. Several coffees shops, street eateries etc around the lake 
    Good paths around the lake make it a very pleasant walk. Several coffees shops, street eateries etc around the lake  more »
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  • This area once again is super lit at night. The amount of energy this place during night is quite high. What I love about this place is that everyone is enjoying here & living in the moment. This place has not ♿️ accessible parking but entrance is ♿️ accessible.
  • An absolute beauty during the evening sunsets. Very picturesque, with a red bridge lighted up and the reflection dancing in the lake waters. Come with your loved one, and write poems or just a love letter.
  • This place is really peaceful , lot of charming place to sea , nice coffee to try , the little temple is really looking beautiful , if you have a little moment to go visiting Hanoi this a place you definetly have to go to it s really beautiful .
  • Since our hotel is only a few minutes away from the lake, we always walk here when we explore the whole old town of Hanoi. From Friday night til Sunday night, the streets are closed for motorists which makes it easier and fun to walk around the lake. A lot of stores, restaurants can be send around the lake. You would also see a red bridge and pagoda in the lake which is lit up at night. Amazing to see. Also you could hear music and aunties dancing and exercising in the late afternoon 🤭 Could have been awesome if we were able to walk in the afternoon if it wasn’t humid 🙈 This place is a must see when you are in Hanoi!
  • Liked being here.....It gives you good views during sun rise and sun set.... Located in the centre of the city you'll find lot of street vendors and cafes around this place. You'll find people sitting here till late. Some people come here to fishing some for their work outs. I think it's a good place to spend your time here.

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