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“Beautiful Place for Recreation and Photography” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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$68.00*
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Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike
Ranked #11 of 274 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Beautiful Place for Recreation and Photography”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a beautiful lake, perfect for photography and recreational walks. Next to the lake one can find a temple which is a beautiful place for visit as well.

Visited October 2013
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“An interesting stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake it will take a couple of hours at a slow pace and a stop at one of the café’s around the lake, great to sit and people watch or just take in the atmosphere. We were warned about pick pockets in this and other areas of Hanoi as well as all areas of Vietnam, however I never felt any threats whatsoever here or anywhere in fact I felt safer here than in the streets of my home city.

Visited November 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Romantic getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

This lake is truly for all. You can find many locals who are jogging, walking, enjoying a sunset,… but you’ve also loads of tourist who are taking in the atmosphere. The turtle temple is for sure worth visiting, as it is perfect to escape the busy town life for a while. Along the lake you have some vendors, but they were not pushing, if you just say no they leave you alone. This place is worth walking during the day and during the evening.

Visited October 2013
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Launceston, Australia
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“Nice spot in the Old Quarter”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Nice lake area in the Old Quarter. Make sure you visit the temple in the middle with the 500 year old turtle and learn the story of the turtle, the sword and the king.

Visited November 2013
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Magical Lake...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

A lovely picturesque lake and elegant Sunbeam Bridge amid the frantic traffic of the Old Quarter. Also very pretty after dark.

Visited October 2013
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