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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. Using our world travel planner, Hanoi attractions like Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A walk around the Lake is a nice walk during the day. In the evening you meet on rousing dance groups and enjoys the beautiful lighting. At any time of day a recommendation
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  • The lake is a short walk from the Old Quarter and Trang Tien Plaza, making it extremely accessible for tourists to visit. It's calm and the park/trail that surrounds the lake makes for very comfortabl...  more »
  • Must visit when in Hanoi! The lake is at the center of the action in Hanoi and we visited several times. On Sunday night the place was a mob scene, families and young people enjoying all the street pe...  more »