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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as...
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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Nice park around the lake

The lake itself is steep in cultural history. There is a temple in the lake accessible by a very recognisable red bridge. The highlight however is the park surrounding the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

The lake itself is steep in cultural history. There is a temple in the lake accessible by a very recognisable red bridge. The highlight however is the park surrounding the lakes. It has nice flower beds and the willow trees are well maintained. Very picturesque from certain angles. At the corner near the temple and outside the water puppet theatre... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We spent the evening having drinks at this lake. It was so beautiful and there was traditional music playing from somewhere with all the lights flickering on the lake - a definite must do. I can truly understand why the locals love it so much.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

May be it's due to the weather, it was very hot and I felt dizzy when I went there. The lake was not that pretty but all the shopping points are near old quarter and the lake, so we must pass it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Traveling around the lake was really nice, and a nice pause away from the traffic of Hanoi. The Ngoc Sun temple can be really crowded so visiting it early or late can be advisable.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Finding the lake was a real blessing in disguise. It's a great place to escape first thing in the morning and watch the tai chi folk and other tourists. Just walk around and take some photos, relax and have a ca phe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

very central - once you found the lake it was easy to orient yourself. Nice views over the lake at night.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

We walked around this lake many times during the 3 days in Hanoi city, since our hotel was nearby. It is a great place to walk around to get to other attraction. The lake itself is so interesting due to the life that surrounds the lake. Locals and tourist love to gather and walk around the lake. So much to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

This is quite a peaceful place considering the madness that is Hanoi. A walk around the lake in the evening will leave you with a different impression from a walk during the day, so try to do both. There is meant to be an old Turtle living in the lake and if you are very blessed you will see it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Restored Sword lake is located in the centre of Ha noi capital. The best time to explore and enjoy the scenery is early in the morning and at night time when the lights along the lake are on. We can explore Ngoc son temple and the red bridge and also Truc Bach lake is not far from Restore Sword lake.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Nice to walk round especially on a hot April afternoon as you get a cool breeze. You can stop to see water puppets, temple or have a coffee or drink at one of the 3 or 4 storey places overlooking the lake.

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