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Thap Rua Tower

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Tower in the middle of Haon Kiem Lake

Looking across Hoan Kiem Lake you can see a small tower standing on a inaccessible small island, it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
Nice little bit of history..!

Thap Rua Tower is a quick site to see when passing through the heart of Hanoi. Well preserved... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Centered in the middle of lake, this is a nice decoration that you still concentrate on when you want around the lake.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jana K
Reviewed 1 week ago

During a walk of this beautiful lake you cannot help but look to the centre and admire this small tower (Turtle Tower), seeing at night is even better as it comes alive at night with illumination.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking across Hoan Kiem Lake you can see a small tower standing on a inaccessible small island, it is known as Turtle or Tortoise Tower. The tower was built in 1886 to commemorate a local fifteenth century folk hero.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kpiddy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a pleasant stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake and this tower is clearly visible most of the way round, as built on a small islet in the middle of the lake. Not accessible to the public. We would recommend to walk around the lake...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

You can't miss it. It is in the middle of the lake. You can walk all around the lake and see it from different angle.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PuckPasha
Reviewed November 13, 2018

The tower is surrounded by amazing trees and lake. Extremely tranquil and amazing for a walk, to capture lovely photos.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Naina-Damani
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Thap Rua Tower is a quick site to see when passing through the heart of Hanoi. Well preserved structure. And it’s beautiful at night when it’s all lite up. You should definitely swing by to see it for a few minutes, even if just to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank secretagentgs
Reviewed October 28, 2018

One of Hanoi iconic spots . Built on a small islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem lake and not accessable to the public . Looks abandoned and old fro m the promenades along the lake , asking you to take several photos from various...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank saul g
Reviewed October 19, 2018

It seem very lonely and special. It was built after the king Le Loi returned the fairy sword back to the turttle Genie (based on the legend).

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Hoaido
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Also known as the Turtle Tower, it lies on a small island in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake. The tower in inaccessible & is in need of restoration. It is a good site for photo opportunity at night as there will be neon...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Zack R
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Response from GuruB0b | Reviewed this property |
The tower is in the middle of a large lake and not that easy to see. I didn't see any turtles when I was in Hanoi.