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“Walk and relax here”

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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$68.00*
and up
Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike
Ranked #11 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Makati, Philippines
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Walk and relax here”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

If you walk around this lake, it's over 1,7km...
In the early morning and evening, you can see many local people go for walking, running, playing around the lake...you will see the locals activities there, some street foods...
Beside that you can see the Ngoc Son Temple...

Visited April 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“This is a very beautiful area and should not be missed”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

The lake and its splendid pagodas was a great treat to visit as all the gardens were embellished with fresh flowering plants and the faithful thronged to the temples to make family offerings. This is a very beautiful area and should not be missed.

Visited June 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“relaxing by Hoan Kiem Lake”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Very picturesque! It's an oasis in the historical Old Qarter that comes with a great myth.. There is a preserved turtle on display in the Temple.

Visited June 2013
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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Activity Center of the Old Quarter”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Hoan Kiem Lake seems to be the center of activity for the Old Quarter. It is a great place to stroll or sit. We met several university students who wanted to practice their English speaking. This was great fun and led to having several new Facebook friends.

Visited June 2013
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A local gem”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

The lake was the perfect place to observe everyday life going on and was also a bustle of activity with locals walking and exercising, people painting portraits or selling trinkets and others eating ice cream around the lake.

Visited June 2013
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