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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 #10 of 98 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Stunning spot to escape the heat and noise of bustling Old Quarter. Be aware of people asking if you have any spare time as they are often looking to relieve you of money!!

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Perth Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The lake gives a shady break from the heat and energy of Hanoi. My favourite time to visit is early morning, from daylight, which is a great time to people watch. The Hanoi people are out exercising, and as well as the usual walkers and Tai Chi practitioners, there are a thousand individual styles of exercising, which are endlessly amusing.... More

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

the lake is quite small but as soon as you see it you feel the relief from the chaos of the old quarter. it is both very nice during the day, but especially at night when the pagoda and the bridge get illuminated with different colors. definitely worth it. people suggested to see it in may, since the flowers around... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

With an interesting story about the origin of the lake's name "Lake of the Restored Sword". I was curious a bit about the lake. So I came there to see the real. As the heart of Hanoi, the lake becomes attractive destination for all travelers. You can see Thap Rua (Turtle Tower) and Ngoc Son Temple with several relics around,... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This was a very popular place early in the morning and at night. In the morning you have a lot of people out exercising and enjoying the path around the lake. In the evening you have a lot of young couples and families enjoying the weather and getting ice cream around the lake. Didn't visit the temple or puppet theater... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Lake is surrounded by trees and pavements that provide a pleasant walk out of the sun, just a few yards from the traffic hustle.

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

nice to watch people exercising ,tai chi walking.The water is dirty and I would not like to fall in their.

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Chatham Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Try to get up early to watch the locals do Tai Chi while the city becomes alive around you. Go back at night when everyone shows up to take a stroll around the lake which is lit up like Christmas. Be careful of the cyclo drivers, they will attempt to rip you off if given half the chance.It's best to... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Nice lake especially at nice when it is all calm and the lights are on. Don't be alarmed if you are approached by school children doing a poll and asking questions, they just want to improve there English.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful lake and a great story behind it. You must go to the lake when you visit Hanoi. Fresh, nice pictures. Find the magical turtle

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