Situated at the rim of the Old Quarter among the city's most popular attractions, the green shores of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) offer a break from sightseeing and provide a quiet spot for people-watching. Notice the temple--topped with a red star--on a small islet in the middle of the lake. Apart from being the city's emblem, it commemorates a local legend, which involves an Excalibur-like sword. The story goes that a local dragon god gave a magical sword to a 15th-century Vietnamese emperor who used it in an uprising against the Ming Dynasty. When the war was won, a giant turtle emerged from the lake and took back the sword to return it to heaven. The lake is home to a rare species of soft-shell turtles. Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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Definitely a place to visit during a stay in Hanoi. The very best time to enjoy the heart and soul of the people of Hanoi is the weekend when traffic is re-routed away from the Lake. Families fill... more »
Very romantic lake with small old tower in the middle of the Lake and nice red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple. we had a walking around and enjoy nice coffee in the shop by the lake. Nice place more »
Nice place for a walk. Can get very crowded but still good.
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