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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
As featured in 3 Days in Hanoi
Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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All reviews hoan kiem lake red bridge old quarter turtle tower doing tai chi ngoc son temple beautiful at night nice walk practice their english walk around small temple busy city the hustle and bustle french quarter night market benches exercise
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Reviewed yesterday

very nice area to walk at night full of people and activity . There is even openair place for anyone who wish to dance

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lana X
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The park where you can see locals doing their sports, playing games, talking with each other. Also place where you can meet a lot of foreigners. What I found interesting is that I saw mostly foreigners that were performing something or selling something at the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 785jankak
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Convenient everything shops femous street food and restaurant everything is close anything you need souvenier is available

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ednaladiana
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This lake is veey beautiful, surrounded by flowers, places todo stay quiet un the busy city. A place to regain Peace And quiet.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank norab406
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely, it's a place to unwind . The added bonus is that it's in the Old Quarter of Hà Nội. Just watching the serene lake is a balm for tired souls. While the West Lake is much bigger, Hoan Kiem seems to be more "cozy."

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank abetv_2020
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked along the lake on the Sunday of the TET Holiday. We ever so much enjoyed watching lots of families taking Pictures. Seeing how the children and grandchildren cared about the grandparents was quite moving. Many ladies and little girls wore colorful beautiful Dresses....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bangtao
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The bridge is like rise from the lake, glowing in the dark and light up the lake. It’s very happening around the lake and you can see lots of friendly cute tiny puppies freely running around, jogger, street dancer, performers, food kiosk, etc. Beware of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Heddyhee
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Situated in the centre of Hanoi the lake is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike. A pagoda and ornate bridge at one end and a little temple near the other. Very pretty and easy on the eye. The area is particularly popular with...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RicardoBowie
Reviewed 3 days ago

There is sooo much going on around this lake. We found ourselves returning to it again and again for different reasons. On a Sunday afternoon, we walked all the way around it - the roads are closed to traffic. There is traffic but in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diverdanperth
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to go great history, visit the temple it's beautiful, worth the money. but remember it is a temple! it gets very busy.

Date of experience: February 2019
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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