Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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About
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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  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Centre of activities in Hanoi
    This lake is a central to the citizens of Hanoi which bustles with activities even during the night time. There are plenty of eating places, Old Quarter area, restaurants and hotels on its periphery. In the centre is a temple which is lighted during the night and gives a unique visual delight.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Daniel G
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kids will ask for your help with English
    Vietnamese children who want to practice their English will often come up to foreigners at this lake and ask for help. It would be nice if you could chat with them for awhile. People use this lake a lot. On Sundays lots of yoga enthusiasts hang out here. In the mornings many people show up at the lake to exercise or jog.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • loonylou78
    West Sussex, United Kingdom318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to wander.
    This is such a lovely place to wander around. There are locals and tourists alike enjoying the surroundings. We walked the perimeter, stopped and had banh mi whilst watching the world go by, it was just great! It's a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the old town and there are some great coffee shops nearby.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • André K
    Hefei, China279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area in Hanoi
    Beautiful lake which is surrounded by trees . We had a relaxing walk around the lake and enjoyed our afternoon by just hanging out at the lake. Only annoying thing is the street vendors who want to sell you all sorts of junk. This lake is a better option to visit instead of West Lake.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • kuldip K
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Hangout space in the city
    Lake is in the centre of heart but has greenish water. However walk around the lake and Pagoda in the centre make it a great hangout. Famous Water puppet theatre is also round the corner.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Willy G
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place to start visiting Hanoi and see what the locals do on their weekend
    Nice spot for tourists and locals alike. Lots of people sitting by the lake and enjoy the lake view. You buy a ticket to visit this temple of the lake and some giant turtle exhibit. We visited on a weekend so the area is pedestrian only with shops set up in the street. Kind of a must do while visiting Hanoi
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great lake for sightseeing!
    It is a peaceful stunning lake located in the central Hanoi. We walked around and enjoyed it so much. By night this lake reflexes colorful shade of red bridge outside the green island.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom391 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely area of the city for a stroll
    A lovely area of the city used by lots of locals. I recommend coming here in the evenings on weekends when the roads around the lake are closed, making it much nicer to walk around as a pedestrian, and lots of the city seem to come out and enjoy the space. A great area for a peaceful, romantic walk, with the city lights reflected in the water. During the day, I recommend going to the small shrine at the middle of the lake; it's a nice, peaceful spot, tickets are cheap and you get nice views out over the lake.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Therese F
    Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Site of a legend
    Took a walk around the lake, starting about 5pm. Very pretty before & after lights come on. Lots of photo opportunities. Quite a few locals were exercising in among groups of tourists. Many restaurants in the area too.
    Visited January 2018
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Phyu
    Hamilton, New Zealand86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really Nice Walking around and visiting nearby shops
    A nice place to walk around, a lot of food stalls and shops exist around the lake. We like to walk and se things hence we like the experience. The paid attraction place is okay to go and see.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
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Jeri F
Tulsa, OK317 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The lake area is a busy park with people doing tai chi in the mornings. On Friday afternoons, the streets is closed for pedestrians. There is a shrine with a large preserved turtle that lived in the lake for decades. We had a guide who explained the story and why it was so important to Vietnamese culture.
Written January 13, 2020
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,070 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The lake makes a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter. The Ngoc Son Temple and the Huc Bridge is located on the lake as well. Many vendors selling their products at a high cost, I witnessed a few tourists paying twice as much as I did for the same product.
Written January 11, 2020
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Anonymous A
Greater Sydney, Australia185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Best time to walk around the lake would be the evening when it is cooler and when you can see the night lights The local people also come out at that time to do their dancing /exercise with live music. The footpaths are wide and there are no motorbikes. It was one of the only places we were able to walk around without worrying about a motorbike coming up behind you. It is even better when the roads next to the lake are closed for the night markets.
Written February 1, 2020
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dekalbill
DeKalb, IL561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My first experience at the lake was on a Sunday night in late December. It was alive with families enjoying activities, music and food in the closed to traffic streets around the lake. The lights and festive attitude was wonderful. It's an easy walk around the lake to absorb the flavors of Hanoi. Experiencing the lake area in the day is equally a good time with so much history and atmosphere.
Written January 16, 2020
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hartplatt
Lowestoft, UK229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Over the course of our week in Hanoi, we managed to repeatedly find our way to this lake and we must have walked all the way round it at least a dozen times.

The Temple and Bridge were interesting and the small pagoda monument was very photogenic when surrounded by wispy mist.

We saw early morning Badminton being played, all generations of people exercising around the lake at all times of the day and evening and spent some time watching a group of men playing a 'keepie-upsie' style game with a weighted and feathered shuttlecock type of implement. Some were extremely good and they were all ages from young too old. We bought a couple of the shuttles to take home for family to learn the game. The men were very friendly and invited bystanders to join in and give it a try. It is much harder than they make it look, I can tell you!

We visited the Lotus water puppet theatre at the side of the lake too.
Written February 7, 2020
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jason_seet
Singapore, Singapore104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
An old lake with a temple across a bridge. Touristy and was crowded when we went. Place was quite small and could be finished in less than 20 mins. Tickets needed (free for children) to enter the temple where the 2 tortoises are.

Around the lake are many trishaws and vendors selling souvenirs. Generally a touristy place. The water puppet theatre is also nearby.
Written January 1, 2020
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GRLUK
Plymouth, UK324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
While staying at the Apricot hotel the small lake just across the road drew us like a magnet as soon as we felt like a stroll, you really need to take your time, stop for a coffee half way around and people watch the whole time.
The options for taking photos are plentiful, you are just far enough away from the scooters and mopeds to forget them for a while.
Well worth the effort!
We walked to another smaller lake about ten minutes away on another day but it did not have the same charm.
Written February 20, 2020
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Madmonk_13
Salisbury175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
They say that there is a giant, legendary turtle actually living in the lake, which scientists have been able to find using sophisticated sonar equipment but, unfortunately, we didn't see it when we were there. This is a great place for a relaxing stroll in the center of Hanoi at any time of day. There are several cafes along the way where you can stop for some refreshment if you like. It is all very leafy and green -- surprisingly so, because we hadn't expected anything like this. Go and enjoy.
Written January 28, 2020
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richard
Milton Keynes, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very pleasant and popular location for both tourists and locals. Top end of yhe lake abutts the old quarter where you can shop and find lots of restaurants. The small island temple costs a few dong to visit but it is worth the few pennies.
Written March 8, 2020
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markllydselby
Cardiff, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
At any time of day or evening you'll find a lot of citizens relaxing around the lake with impromptu tai chi, games, dancing, and singing. The lakeside cafe bars are both very good and during our stay we ended most of our evenings with a walk around the lake. It's also a useful landmark in terms of orientating yourself when out exploring the city on foot
Written August 25, 2020
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