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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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  • Beautiful bonsai and calmness in the center of this madly bustling city. You'll see some interesting things here. Lots of great pictures to take. There are many people sitting and enjoying the lake bo...  more »
  • The whole lake area goes off in the evenings of weekend. Everyone out having a good time. No hassle or attitude. A walk into the temple on the island is worth a few camera shots. Great to see imprompt...  more »
  • Hoan Kiem Lake is absolutely worth seeing and spending some time at. It's at the center of the shops, restaurants, nightlife, etc that make up the heart of Hanoi. While this ancient lake itself is bea...  more »