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, Hanoi Edition.
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  • Very nice walk to start and navigate, borders of nice restaurants and cafes. Close to the interesting neighborhoods
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  • Pedestrian walkway surrounds the lake. Most roads are blocked on the weekend for the crowds. Lots happening, and local shops for souvenirs or knockoff clothes and shoes. Enjoyable.walk around the lake...  more »
  • We were here during the day and at night. The shores are visited by tourist walking but also meeting of local families. In the evening is very impressive for the colored lights that illuminate the bridge and buildings on the shore. The Lake is populated by people who sing, play, walk. Beautiful and engaging atmosphere.
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