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Thap Rua Tower, Hanoi

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Standing in the middle of Sword Lake, Thap Rua Tower, or "Turtle Tower," commemorates the legend of Vietnamese warrior Le Loi. This tower was built on the Turtle Islet in 1886, but is based on an older structure, Ta Vong Temple, which was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. This attraction cannot be accessed, so you must simply admire it from afar. Go for a walk around the lake and take in views of this historic landmark, which is beautifully lit up at night. Plan your visit to Thap Rua Tower and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hanoi holiday planner.
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  • This little tower is part of the cultural landscape of the Lake of the Restored Sword, which is also listed as an attraction. In truth, this little tower is not a distinct sight from the lake which su...  more »
  • This delightful little tower is in the middle of the lake. To get a good shot of it, you probably need a telephoto lens. It's a nice site as you walk around the lake in Hanoi ☺️  more »
  • in the middle of the lake in Hanoi, did not know you could go in it, will have another look next time  more »

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