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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in Hanoi for young kids and 1 other guide
Ranked #10 of 96 Attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Bodies of Water
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... more » 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. « less
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We went for a stroll around the lake. It took approximately 40 minutes to walk the whole distance. Many locals do some kind of exercise here, like jogging and joga. There are many shaded trees around the lake and benches where one can just sit and relax. It seemed as if this is a very popular spot in Hanoi to... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Northern end has a lot of shops and restaurants nearby and where all the locals hang out. View over lake was a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Don't bother with the night market where they close off streets. Too hot and crowded. Hanoi shopkeepers are somewhat indifferent to selling you things. Much keener in Ho Chi... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The lake is nice for a walk around. There is no fee to walk around the lake or take some pictures on the bridge. There is a fee however when you go across the bridge onto the little island, on the island there is a little temple. We paid to go over, it is about 20,000 dong each ($1) and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was able to see the very big tortoise that is believed to be found in the lake. There are more people in the evening. You can just stroll and enjoy beautiful views of the old temple or a little "leaning tower" on the island in the middle

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Springs, South Africa
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7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

There is a nice story about an ancient turtle that lives in this lake, thus you would think the authorities would take more effort in cleaning the place up. The turtle is thought to be the only one of its kind left in the world-another one was clubbed to death in the lake a few years ago. It's crazy trying... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

As we walked around the lake we spotted many couples on their wedding days having photo-shoots. A turtle lives in the lake, it is supposed to be good luck to see it. It was taken out in 2011 for treatment of disease caused by pollution and put back in. Lots of nice rooftop bars to sit and chill at

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We would go down to the lake at night. Lots of people would be out with family exercising or meeting friends. We spoke with university students who wanted to practice their English. Lovely people and lovely surroundings.

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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Do not pay the fee for the little temple a repos the red bridge. It is nothing special and you surely have seen or will seem travelling in Vietnam, much better temples than that. Take a couple of pics of the bridge than just walk around the lake and, in the hottest hours, sit on the benches in the shade... More

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Pasig City
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

So many places to see, and stuff to buy, just around the lake. Many quaint shops, like bookstores, cafes and restaurants just around the lake area. You can spend days just going around the area and the old quarter, sampling food, shopping for items like bags, shoes and souvenirs. This was the center of our after work hours for many... More

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Maui, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

WOW! There is no place I'd rather be than taking an early morning stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake at day break. You will see people in every imaginable sort of physical activity...walking, jogging, tai chi, fishing, meditating, walking dogs, walking backwards, 8-80 year olds in motion...cyclists, groups of women's, men, solitary or family...they are all in some sort of creative... More

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