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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless...

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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good to take pictures at night and also during the day. lots of couples go there during the night and you can also get someone to paint you.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

good to take pictures at night and also during the day. lots of couples go there during the night and you can also get someone to paint you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I used the Lake as an anchor during my stay to know where I was.! I walked around it early in the morning which was magical as there was a mist and it was very quiet and serene. People doing Tai Chi, Dancing and exercising before the day started.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Lake is a key and prominent attraction in central Hanoi. Legend is that the Emperor was boating on the lake when a gold turtle appeared and asked for his magic sword. The Turtle Tower is linked to this legend and stands on a small island in the lake reached by a small bridge. The lake is an area of... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice lake to take a leisure stroll. There are parts (north and west side of the lake) with coffee shops so you can enjoy the view. We went there on New Year's Day so the temple in the middle was free of charge. But it was fairly crowded, likely a tradition in Vietnam. Lots of people wearing traditional cloths,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our hotel was just around the corner from the lake so we took advantage of the location to walk around it several times each day during our stay. The lights on the lake were beautiful at night with the shimmering reflections and colours. But apart from its scenic qualities the lake also provided us a constant stream of entertainment from... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This lake might look quite ordinary and even dirty on the surface (with plenty of dead fish) but we spotted a snake and a turtle in the Lake at night and found this to be quite mystical. This lake definitely deserves a visit if you are in Hanoi

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hanoi is a bit chaotic, the Lake offers many quite and peaceful spots to chill out. I had rented a motorcycle and drove around the lake a few times, stopping for some peace and quite. However I didn't visit any of the tourist places near it, that lake itself is nice enough.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a stroll down here on our first night, and the views were nice with the lights reflecting off the buildings on the opposite side. And there is a nice tale behind the lake, with the turtle and the sword etc. Its not that amazing though, and you can tell the water is very dirty as every now and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Me & my boyfriend stayed right next to the lake when we went to Hanoi in December. The lake is lovely to walk around, especially at night when the bridge is lit up!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hanoi especially the Old Quarter but realsitically all Hanoi is frenetically busy,traffic flying around in all directions! Have faith, stroll around this beatiful lake, pausing to sit on one of the lake side benches.

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