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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 yesterday

Very near the old quarter. A small lake that you can walk right around. Some interesting monuments and attractions along the way. Not exceptionally beautiful but it makes for a pleasant walk.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gordonj258
Reviewed yesterday

Interesting tourist spot around the lake and the island. Tombs of ancient Kings, Cathedrals and shopping in the area

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Malcolm S
Reviewed yesterday

Worth a walk around, especially at night when the bridge and temple are lit up nicely. A main hop-on/off bus stop is next to the lake too.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jester0479
Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautiful lake in the heart of the old quarter, unfortunately it was raining when we walked around it but it gives a feeling of tranquility amidst the bustling Hanoi traffic. It is even better over the weekends when they shut the roads to traffic...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SJBMB
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walking around the lake is very enjoyable. On weekends, some parts are pedestrian during the evening, and is full of locals. The temple is restored, you cannot see anything inside.Be careful of pickpockets outside puppet theatre!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank General_traveller
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went there in the early morning so there isn’t much crowd. The area is much cleaner and you can get fresh air. The view was nice but the lake has some plastic waste. The temple inside is undergoing renovation at the time of our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ei Thinzar W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice to walk around during the weekend road closures. Many photo opportunities and some street performances going on near the old quarters.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gilbert C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went 05Dec, Try to visit if you've time. I spent minimum of about 3hrs and here. Very near old quarter, puppet theater and night market. Took a stroll walk along the perimeter of the lake, is really cool and nice. Especially the red bridge and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alvinLimCY
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting lake, temple on water, although nothing that spectacular - more interesting because of people- watching & easy accessibility

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GregorProsen
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed in the Old Town for 35 days. Its a very nice a relaxing area for wandering around. The Lake is the best area for people watching and seeing how the locals enjoy their weekends. The Children and pedestrian alike can walked on the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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