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“First stop” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #5 of 91 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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“First stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

First place tourists go, pretty during day or night, but be ready for locals selling everything. Suggest learning a few basic words like no, and thank you, leave me alone. Will come in handy can find words in lonely Planet guide.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

A very attractive temple and connecting bridge situated in the lake. Whether you accept the mythology or not, it is worth a few photographs.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Just amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

this is always my great place to stay away from the hustle and bustle city of Hanoi. Just want to say you will find hanoi more beautiful after seeing this place

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“Nice walk around the lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

The lake offers a bit of green and quite. it is alos a good place for a stroll and observing how the locals live

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“thousand year structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

According to the legend, emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths. All attempts to find either the sword or the turtle failed. Lợi concluded that the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) had come to reclaim the sword that it had given Lợi some time earlier, during his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, it was formerly known as Luc Thuy meaning "Green Water"). The Turtle Tower (Thap Rùa) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend.

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