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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #8 of 99 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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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Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Very well maintained & historic lake. The central point of life of people in Hanoi. A walk around this lake any time of the day is not only very refreshing but you get a glimpse into the history, tradition, folklore, culture & people of Hanoi/Vietnam here. Must see destination in Hanoi!!

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New South Wales, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The lake is has a calming affect to busy Hanoi lifestyle, it is a well maintained park and gas a jogging track around it. It has very good lighting at night and feels safe. Its nice to see people exercising around the lake in the evening. One can easily pass hours sitting near to lake. The restaurant on the lake... More

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Darwin, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed a walk around which we did both day and night. The temple is worth visiting too. nice area in the helter of the city.

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Sydney
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The lake was nice. A typical run for locals; jogging in the morning, courting in the afternoon. Hundreds of tourist all around. I found it safe day and night. It was also to observe the tradition of wedding photos around the lake.

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Everyday during our 8 day stay in Hanoi we would to Hoan Kiem Lake to sit and recharge. We always ended up in conversations with locals practicing their English. We often had students approach and ask if the could record the conversation for assessment by their teachers. These students can't afford to pay an English teacher so we feel it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

If you stay near Hoan Kiem Lake, you should wake up a little bit early, around 6 a.m and come. A lots of people walking, running and dancing around the lake every morning.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I love this lake in the middle of the old city. I have been in Hanoi only twice and find the lake to be my focus and orientation point. To watch people doing their morning exercise, tai chi etc is a joy. We even walked from our hotel on last morning in town, to have breakfast at a restaurant on... More

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Manila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

On my first day, I took a walk around the perimeter of this lake - walking along P Le Thai To, southwards. Like many locals, this seemed the in thing to do. It was a scorching day, and I learnt where the post office was for my postcards to nephews in the UK (corner of P Dinh Tien Hoang &... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The lake is good with well maintained park and jogging track around it. Very good lighting at night.Its nice to see people exercising around the lake in the evening. One can easily pass hours sitting near to lake.

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Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

You should visit it at night or early in the morning, you will feel comfortable and feel peaceful there. It is the beauty of Vietnam.

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