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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #6 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Fee: No
Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

How fantastic to have a two kilometre lake in the middle of your city, which gives done open space, a view & a sense of an oasis. Great to stroll around its banks, taking in the view & watching Hanoi life pass by.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A nice place to take a walk and to get some distance from all the hustle and traffis. But if you dont't need that break - then there's really nothing to see.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

How many cities in the world have a lake in the very center of the city, surrounded by trees, shops, in the middle of which is a scenic pagoda and also an island connected to the "mainland" by a beautiful red bridge? My soul is at rest in this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We walked from Old Quarters to the Lake and we loved the beautiful view in Winter Hanoi. The area is clean and we enjoy walking along the lake in the cool weather.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The lake was a very peaceful place and was lit up nicely. We encountered a photographer taking pictures of a bride and groom. Also saw some locals exercising at the lake.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Nice lake surrounded by busy streets. There's a little temple/pagoda you can visit on the lake for a small entrance fee. It was nothing spectacular, but interesting enough to read a little bit about the histry of the lake. Taking a stroll by the lake, particularly at night was a nice experience though, as the "Turtle Tower" in the middle... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Nice place for a good walk around . Winter weather made it even better. Go in the evening to catch the lights on the bridge and the monument on the lake.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

It was really nice weather in december and a peaceful place to relax. Take a walk in the morning to feel the life of Hanoi.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We walked around this lake both during the day and at night, and we enjoyed our strolls. Somehow, we never were able to correctly time a visit to the pagoda built in the lake, always arriving a little before or after closing. If it were more more important to us we might have made a greater effort to see it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Charming lake with a temple sitting in the middle. Older ladies being led by a boom box exercising together. A few portrait artist working on the east side of the lake. Many people taking pictures all over. There are many lights that illuminate the area at night.

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