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Review of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike
Ranked #11 of 274 things to do in Hanoi
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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.
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“This was worth the trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

Our guide told us the story about the Lake and looking around at the surrounding areas it was like a fairy tale come to life between the old and the new.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Romantic setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a beautiful small lake in the middle of the city. We saw many newly wedded couples posing for photos. We recommend to have a walk around the lake after dark to watch all the lights which sets off the beautiful shape of the trees around the lake. The Ngoc Son temple and the red bridge out to it gives the lake a mysterious setting.

Visited January 2014
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“Peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

This lake was peaceful and great to see. It has a temple on the island in the middle. We went out there and relaxed for a bit. I think we were a little confused about the house on another island. Our tour guide told us a story but she sounded unsure of herself so we weren't sure if the story was accurate. Needless to say it was nice lake and I love the location.

Visited December 2013
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“Feel the heartbeat of Hanoi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Hoan Kiem lake is unique. Steeped in history, beloved by locals, a never-ending cycle of life revolving around it's edge. Too many tour groups are not given the space and time to truly appreciate this place.

My advice, if on a tour, is to skip some of the planned tourist activities and crappy tourist food and instead take an evening to wander around the lake a few times. Watch the Hanoians going about their daily rituals. Observe the happenings on the fringes. Be enchanted by the evening lanterns and lights. Just take the time. Hoan Kiem lake isn't so much about the lake itself, it's about the life around the lake. There is no better way, in my opinion, to feel the heartbeat of Hanoi than to take an evening stroll around the lake. See the young, the adult, the mature and the old all enjoy this wonderful place.

Not to be missed - MAKE TIME to take time and you won't regret it at all. Don't listen to your obsessive tour guide wanting to take you to yet another place. Linger here and enjoy.

Visited December 2013
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“Especially Lit Up Around Tet(Vietnamis Tet)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

A rare breed of turtle like this popular lake almost equivalent to a multitude of locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic animation daily, from dawn to go in the context of local people doing exercises on the shore, the water to see young couples on park benches, so much shopping and sightseeing opportunities in the vicinity. Located in the city center, Hoan Kiem lake serves as a great home base, and provide people-watching and endless entertainment opportunities on the edge of the old town, where the sacred land of Vietnam heart in Vietnam

Visited December 2013
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