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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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  • Especially what is even nice to stroll there. If you tired, Let's break in a nearby Café.
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  • The lake of legends. You come to Hanoi, you read about the city's founding, and it goes back to Hoan Kiem Lake. Pangoda and tiny islet in the middle (not really) of the lake. Was beautiful at night, b...  more »
  • Very nice during the day, even better place for rest in the evening. We went around a lake few times in our four days of staying in Hanoi, and it is nice place for shooting pictures.