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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 #9 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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Cork, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Nice lake to take a walk around, particularly in the evening when the locals are out and about. Plenty places to seek a bit of shade on a hot day.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great to see all the locals exercising doing Tai Chi etc, I felt like joining in, after our trip on Halong Bay, And a lesson in Tai Chi, I did have a go, very theraputic for an action person like myself! The locals seem to exercise early and go to the markets early, loved it. At one end of the... More

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Cairns, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Nice park and lake in the centre of the city of Hanoi, some seating and shade around the lake and for a small entry fee you can cross the bridge and visit the old temple, I mostly liked the lake and found it a nice place to take a walk but wouldn't rate it as 5 star

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Taipei, Taiwan
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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22 helpful votes 22 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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67 helpful votes 67 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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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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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