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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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  • Quite busy place and nice by locals and tourists. Center to walk around everywhere. Recommend this place  more »
  • A walk by the lake offers a sense of calmness and tranquility. The perfect contrast to Hanoi's busy streets.  more »
  • Just in the middle of the traffic kaos of Hanoi there is this lake with it's walking path around, no motorbikes, no cars, no bicycles - just walk slowly and relax, but be careful when you have to cros...  more »