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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #9 of 169 things to do in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
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Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as...
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
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 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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Newcastle, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

After walking through the Old Quarter and market area and being able to catch your senses in this vibrant and busy city it is a welcome relief to be able to sit down and admire this beautiful lake. We were also able to take in the sights from high up in the Highland Coffee building at night and I think... More 

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Rivalta di Torino, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Big lake in the middle of hanoi and so much happening around it. See the world go by twenty times a second.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It's a good gathering place for the locals and a place worthy seeing for the tourists. Its small size as a lake makes it reachable mentally by most people. As there are a lot of restaurants around the lake, it has become a focal point of the city and a demarcation of the Old Quarter and the more modern part... More 

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Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A nice lake in the centre of the city. Busy roads all around with bars and plenty to do. A half an hour walk to go round. The small visitor centre at the end of the lake nearest the Old Quarter us worth a visit.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It was a small lake in the heart of Hanoi. During my stays the street around was decorated with light, beautiful flower. Worth taking a walk round it.

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Arklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A lovely spot in the midst of the crazy traffic...not really quite total peace, but great start and a good walk.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It was quiet when most local people went home. We enjoyed our time walking around this charming lake and eating ice cream there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This peaceful lake has a nice history and they say you have not visited Hanoi until you have walked around it. It serves as a good landmark, too, when walking about the older part of the city.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It's not so much of the lake but its surrounding and happening which you should see and visit. The lake is also the place where the locals meet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Went during the Febuary New Year and fascinated by the beauty of the lake, all the flowers, decoration, the lake, the locals dressed up in costume for new year. Everything was great. Even though there're no sun, i went there 3 days straight and enjoyed it so much each time. Definitely worth the visit

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