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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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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, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

A welcoming area of calm (and pedestrianised respite from the traffic) amongst the bustle of Hanoi's Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem lake can easily be walked around at your own pace. There are tai chi practitioners and couples taking wedding pictures by day, but the place...More

Thank DandJ7677
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The lake is located in Hanoi's old quarter, filled with serenity, great place to have a meal in a restaurant overviewing the lake, to just sit by the lake and relax with a cold fresh coconut!

Thank leo s
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For a £1 each, go and learn the story of the lake and turtle, like King Arthur's sword, ladies cover your shoulders, if you forget, they will lend you something. Several shrines, locals feed and burn fake money to their gods.

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 3 days ago

The lake is centrally situated in old Hanoi. Any special celebrations and entertainment usually take place by the lake. There was a weekend of entertainment when I was there. It was fun.

Thank Dot G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a beautiful area the park around the lake is just beautiful With the temple and Turtle Tower in the centre There were a group of children looked like maybe 3/4 yr olds listening to the music being played

Thank Rose ann C
Reviewed 4 days ago

When you come to Hanoi Old quarter, please have a look of this lake which nearby. Local people in here are walking around and sit near the lake, it is also a historical view in there. People can spend whole day near the lake and...More

Thank jimmiey1318
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This lake is located at the centre of the Old Quarter. Very nice and lovely. There is a small temple on the lake where you can come to visit. This is a nice place for sightseeing and relaxing.

Thank Corrine S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Can found in the river a little temple with the sword ant turtle story. Small but attractive and nice

Thank Rafael A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice lake to walk around when you need a break from the city scene. Takes about 30-45 mins to make it all he way around. Cute restaurants along the lake with lots of benches to stop for a rest

Thank Gabby Z
Reviewed 5 days ago

There's a path which goes all the way around this lake so it's great for a stroll at any time. At night some of the large trees at the water's edge are lit up so it's very pretty. On the west side of the lake...More

Thank Pink_Passport
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Charlene Gael A
28 August 2017|
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Response from Pepijn A | 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