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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. See Thap Rua Tower and all Hanoi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hanoi trip itinerary maker site .
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  • This is a tiny little "turtle" tower in the middle of sword lake. Our guide said it was named after a giant turtle that lives in the lake but wasn't a variety found there. Bu a google search says the ...  more »
  • Emblematic of Hanoi and mythical place. My grand mother has always kept a picture of this place in his living room. A visit with a good guide that will explain the legend attached to the place. Attention, busy summer!
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  • It is not possible to fit inside. Just as you can see from the Lake. Gray light seems reasonably need and building.
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