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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 #11 of 103 attractions in Hanoi
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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Hoan Kiem Lake is simply a beautiful place to walk around and chat with a friend. In the evening, it was nice to see people out exercising and the lake is surrounded by shops. We enjoyed many nights just walking around the lake and people watching after dinner.

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Seoul, South Korea
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is not a particularly large lake, but it is clearly hugely popular with both tourists and locals. Located just on the edge of the Old Quarter, it is a serene oasis surrounded by broad sidewalks (rare in Hanoi) flanked by benches, enormous arching shade trees, and lovely landscaped flower beds. Early in the morning and again In the evening,... More

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Gobsmacked to see turtles swimming in this lake in the middle of such a polluted city. The lake is lovely though and great to walk around and to watch over at night from rooftop bars and restaurants.

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Tel Aviv
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A nice place to relax a bit and enjoy the view while strolling. Gets you away from the motorbikes for a bit too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I was born and grew up in Ha Noi. Hoan Kiem ( or Sword) lake is our nation's pride. If you want to go to Viet Nam. You should see Hoan Kiem lake to see how beautiful it is.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Visit in the evening, the lake is full of people surrounding it. Some is doing exercise, jogging, dancing, board game and dating. A very good place to have a walk after dinner. You can feel the local people life style activities in the evening. Very enjoy walking around the lake.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Hoan Kiem Lake is very beautiful and it is just a few blocks away from Old District. Sit there and watch the beautiful scenery then continue your journey in exploring Hanoi.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I leave in Hanoi for 6 years already but I always enjoy to go to Hoan Kiem Lake. I would suggest tourists to have their first visit of the lake at night time: despite the chaotic and noisy road traffic it still remains picturesque and quite romantic! You can go to the Pagoda passing through the red bridge and then... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend walking around this lake early in the morning. Between 6 and 8am it is a hive of activity and a great window on Vietnamese society. At various points around the lake there were groups of people taking part in all manner of activities. A group of ladies doing a fan dance, another huge group doing aerobics to... More

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paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

You can see a big part of Vietnam there. From morning exercises to evening crowd. The horns and sales persons make this place a bit the heart of Hanoi. Good to walk around. Plus, from there, you can access to many different touristic places of the city.

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