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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in Hanoi for young kids and 1 other guide
Ranked #7 of 95 attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Bodies of Water
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Hoan Kiam lake seems to have a schedule. In the lull of the afternoon sun, I've noticed mostly lovers or people watchers. Mind you, couples there are more discreet so you just see a lot of plain sitting around. I guess it makes it more conducive for others to join in, especially under the inviting shade of the giant trees... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We loved this little lake right next to the Old Town. We were fortunate enough to be in Hanoi when the country was starting to celebrate the New Year and the park area around the lake was being transformed with new plants/flowers and decorative lights. We walked around this lake both during the day and at night when it was... More

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Calangute, India
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132 reviews 132 reviews
84 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The green coloured lake, as the legend goes when King Le Loi was boating a golden turtle appeared and asked the King for the sword supposedly belonging to the Dragon King which was given to the King Le Loi during the revolt against the Ming dynasty. The King renamed the lake as as Luc Thuy meaning grren water to commemorated... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Worth taking a look if you are passing by but otherwise don't bother. The locals do go there to sit around and in the evenings we saw a few exercise classes going on there. Now that was interesting.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Just a beautiful lake, with the small the Tortoise Tower mid-lake and the Ngoc Son Temple accessible by bridge. Parks surround the lake, which are even better at night when locals gather at the park for ballroom dancing and rollerskating, just really charming.

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Nayland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful lake in old quarter. Lots of great restaurants and places to sit and watch the world go by. Wide paths make it easy to walk round and avoids the thousands of mopeds on the roads which surround it. About 30 minutes gentle stroll but take longer to soak in the atmosphere and have a drink etc.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The tranquility of the lake is infectious you can stroll completely around the lake or just sit and contemplate the meaning of life lol, for 50,000 dong you can cross over the lake on a bridge visit the temple in the middle and burn some incense and leave a prayer

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

After walking round the lake you reach the bridge which is free to walk on. To enter the temple however it is about $1, which is fine but it is best to know a bit before entering to appreciate it more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Well maintained lake, picturesque. Great for photographers/ photo enthuasiasts/hobbyists Nice walk, flanked all around by shops and restaurants and hotels

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

many shops and cafes around the lake. the center of Hanoi tourism~

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