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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #5 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The lake was nice to walk around but besides that nothing special. There are a ton of restaurants and cafes near by and it's a popular spot for tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great to go in the morning and see what all the people are doing. Also interesting to read the reason why it has been given its name. Nice to have a lake in a busy busy town centre b/c it allows you to relax while still staying in hanoi!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

leisurely walk at night to take in the ambiance. during the day you get to see the beautiful flowers. there were a lot of photoshoots happening, which i found interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Learn about the legend of the turtle before visiting, and if you have the chance to go during wedding season (now!) you will see brides and grooms to be taking their photos around the lake. It is a pleasant walk, several benches to fully take time and enjoy the place, and if you feel energised you can join various groups... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This lake is right on the edge of the chaotic old quarter of the city. It is a nice place to go for a walk and a contrast to the chaotic streets around - at last you can walk on a pedestrian-only path and not be looking in every direction out of fear of the dense traffic. It probably isn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A lot of fruits and doughnut sellers are walking like zombie around the lake and aim for tourists. One of my friend is cheated by the seller and the seller do not return back the money and fled . My friend paid 200 000 for 2 doughnut which cost 20 000 each and the seller took the money and fled.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This beautiful lake is a wonderful place to escape the noise and bustle of the roads in Hanoi. Go for a walk, go people-watching, relax!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Never expected a beautiful lake at the busy Old Quarters. Locals jog, exercise, weight-lifting along the lake. I sat on the bench along the lake watching people walking their pets, senior citizen, parents and kids spending quality time together at the end of a busy day. There is a restaurant/cafe and local cultural hall showing traditional water puppet show opposite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

After you have explored the city in the day, come here and take a leisurely stroll to soak in the lights and scenic surrounding areas

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

After a lot of walking, grab a beer and watch the people go by. We had a great time sitting and watching the scooters, and the people.

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