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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed today via mobile

The lake is nothing special. It is a place to relax after a long walk of the city or a place to sit and munch before you continue on with your walk. The lake contain a small temple for local worshippers which is worth visiting...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CamTVoyage78
Reviewed today

A nice escape from the busier areas. Pagoda across the red bridge is worth a visit, very cheap entry. Nice to walk around, especially at weekends when the whole area is closed to traffic

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dogleap
Reviewed yesterday

I've walked alont Hoan Kiem a number of times. The absolute best time to visit is on a weekend when they close the streets. There are performers, street food, weddings, etc. It's a beautiful cultural explosion for those not from Viet Nam.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Grantman66
Reviewed yesterday

Walking around this beautiful lake was a lovely and interesting outing. It sits between different neighborhoods which was also very nice.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CharlotteB4542
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely weather to walk around the lake without feeling tired. We can then have a cup of vietnamese coffee along the way as many coffee shops around the area

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank minabobby
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very photogenic. Cross the bridge and pay the entry fee to the Buddhist Temple. Interesting history, take a walk around the entire lake. Sundays the street is closed off for walking, cycling, and lots of young children with their parents. Crossing the street is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank J9605EKlindaw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Lake is in a very busy area and crossing the road was scary there was also repairs being done so a bit messy and it was raining which did not enable us to get good photos but well worth a visit

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank YolandaJ638
Reviewed 3 days ago

During our short stay in the Old Quarter, we passed by several times by the lake and could take a rest there after hours of shopping. It is also well lit at night .

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BlueDolphin9
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were fortunate to be staying within a five minute walk of this fresh water lake and had the opportunity to visit several times. The lake is located at the southern end of the Old Quarter not far from St Joseph's Cathedral. The story behind...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kpiddy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

They consider it the heart of Hanoi, in the weekend you find a lot of activities around the lake,children playing freely as there is no cars disturbing them.

Date of experience: January 2019
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charlenegaela
August 27, 2017|
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Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
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charlenegaela
August 27, 2017|
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Response from 228pepijna | Reviewed this property |
the locals get up pretty early to do their exercises. If you go there around 4 a.m/5am. you will already see people running and old ladies exercising
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forbes715
June 13, 2017|
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Response from BobKL | Reviewed this property |
I live in Hanoi and, although of course you have to use normal common sense in protecting your valuables, this is probably one of the safest cities in Asia. And the Hoan Kiem Lake at night is beautiful. Would recommend... More
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