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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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  • Adjecent to old quater is the lake which is small actually..loads of tourists and some poorly maintained buildings. Smells and tourists everywhere including a KFC, Burger King etc. No highlight here.....  more »
  • Visited here quite a few times during my stay in Hanoi. It's nice to walk around the lake and relax. Be warned though if you sit down in one place to long you are going to be approached by students le...  more »
  • Cute spot in the middle of the city to have to walk around it. In the mornings it is nice to large groups of people do their morning rituals and tai chi to see!
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