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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  • October 6, 2017
    Go around the hoan Kiem Lake at sunset looked a bit when she walks, she ended up in the guise of hoan Kiem at night you will find up to! I'm not a huge lake water is also available at this stop, here in Hanoi, but dirty.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Walk slowly in the night and a great base from which to explore Great Lakes. The area surrounding the Lake are just unbelievably quiet night siggeureobjiman good looks.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Come see the lights. Cool and it looks like a messy water literally low-yen. There are plenty of people coming out to take a photo at night
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