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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Went to Hanoi for holidays and enjoyed a lot the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake. The streets around the lake are closed during the weekend allowing all locals to walk, participate in various activity such as choirs, arts, performance … You will also be able to...More

Thank Celineft45
Reviewed yesterday

This small lake is very conveniently located south of the old town. A whole round of walking may take 20 minutes or less - the famous water puppet theatre is just located in the north eastern corner of the lake. It seems that most of...More

Thank Felix S
Reviewed yesterday

I couldn't believe the people and activity around the lake in the evenings. Families with small children were there. My son has long hair and had a few selfies with the locals. Many wanted to speak English with us. There were different bands playing and...More

Thank vietnor2016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was not impressed by the lake, but it is free and constrasting with the dirty and noisy city. The lake is also quite dirty. It is just a lake.

Thank zab514
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great city walk. Easy to circumnavigate. Places to get great views of the city and lake. Food available around the shore. Nice photo opportunities.

Thank Food_Travel-stay
Reviewed 3 days ago

An awesome lake situated in the middle of the busy streets of Hanoi Old Quarter. It's a nice place to connect with nature, relax, exercise, play traditional Vietnamese games, and witness Hanoi life at it's finest. The lake is not the cleanest lake but it's...More

Thank akimot0K
Reviewed 4 days ago

It’s good to know the story about the lake and the temple as you see it in order to fully appreciate the scene. Fortunately our guide was with us to inform us. Try to see it both during the day and again at night when...More

Thank sally l
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

That's a small late in the center of Hanoi, I see some couples they take wedding photos there, so beautiful. In the early mornings, the local go there to do morning exercise, the atmosphere so peaceful. It's near The Huc Bridge, you can walk around....More

Thank LoveP367
Reviewed 4 days ago

Its a nice to have a walk aroud the lake and go to the china temple in it...i went evening so then i got a chance to go night market near by..

Thank darshanaBR
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice place to walk around. Visit the lake and the park during the weekend. They close the streets from cars and mopeds. This is where the locals just chill and hang out. Free entertainment, as you will see several "k-pop" (hanoi version) groups shooting kpop...More

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28 August 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
28 August 2017|
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Response from 228pepijna | Reviewed this property |
the locals get up pretty early to do their exercises. If you go there around 4 a.m/5am. you will already see people running and old ladies exercising
13 June 2017|
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Response from BobKL | Reviewed this property |
I live in Hanoi and, although of course you have to use normal common sense in protecting your valuables, this is probably one of the safest cities in Asia. And the Hoan Kiem Lake at night is beautiful. Would recommend... More