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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #6 of 90 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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 November 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place is THE PLACE to take photos on a scenic lake. Especially on a sunny day. In the evening it is lit up nicely as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Sometimes i walked around Hoan Kiem Lake the palce very safety, nice and very relax, you can take many photo about Thap Rua, Ngoc Son Temple specal The Huc Bridge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A nice place to walk around and take a few photos. Right opposite the Water puppets so easy to access. It didn't take long to see the temple and walk across the bridge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

If you like free and easy vacation place to enjoy, relax with view of water, trees, temples, watch horrific sound of Vietnamese motor traffic, people watching ,this may the place for you. Have a cup of coffee or just sit around there are many nice bench all around the lake. Restaurant also available just opposite the road, The popular water... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

It is the place of Hanoians , specially on the holidays and weekends and still fashinating like some paintings of last century exposed in the Museum of beaux arts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The lake is lovely. Sitting at the lake is a great way to relax, and get away from all the mayhem of Hanoi (even though you're right next to a busy road). You can watch the lake, and you can look for fish catching bugs on the surface of the water. Great place to peoplewatch. As a tourist you are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Incredible vistas of the lake and the pagodas. Interesting shrine and a massive turtle on display washed up from the lake. pity the lake has so much rubbish considering its significance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

You will know you are in Hanoi if you see this lake and the temple and the red bridge on it. It is a good place for people-watching, taking beautiful pictures, walking, exercising in the early mornings. When we were in Hanoi, it was the time of the year when schools are taking graduation pictures for their students. It was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to surf across the traffic to escape for a quiet moment. The lake surrounds are attractive and there is a nice little cafe at the southern end to have a coffee. You can combine the trip with a visit to the Ngoc Son temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We had been advised to get up early (5am) and head down to the Lake to see the lean, healthy local Vietnamese doing what they do early in the morning. All around the perimeter of the lake, We watched people engage in impromptu Tai Chi groups, Zumba, what looked like tea dance steps and a large group of women who... More

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