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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
As featured in 3 Days in Hanoi
Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

It was a grey day when we visited but the lake looks in need of some love and attention. Lots of litter around and the water looks quite green.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PoolieHuddersfield
Reviewed yesterday

The lake is beautiful and it is great to walk a around. It is an easy walk a s so much to see. This is the heart of Hanoi. People exercising, enjoying coffee and just sightseeing. There are lovely eateries all of the way around....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chezmelbourne
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is an oval shaped lake in the centre of the city: it lies between the old quarter and the French quarter as an oasis for walkers, joggers and tourists to stroll around. Beautiful at night when the city lights are reflected in the water....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nicholle2015
Reviewed yesterday

Absolutely to see, I recommend during the weekend as the whole area become pedestrian only and you can have a nice walk around. The little pagoda in the centre connected by the famous red bridge is worth a visit, especially at night time with all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank antartide095
Reviewed yesterday

This beautiful scenic spot in the heart of Hanoi. This lake has a walking path that has bench scattered along the path. It is a great place to stop have a cup go Vietnamese coffee or a picnic.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JllesBee
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's a nice temple and well preserved. No very unique detail or stories to this. The location and condition made it all nice to visit. Nice but not very a memorial

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 882frankt
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A large lake with a pagoda in the center right by the old quarter. Can't miss it when you stroll around the area. Really pretty at night when lights are on...its really part of visiting the quarter.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ronwol
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dirty lake water. Just good for pictures and posing. Nothing much at the lake. Been there for 5 minutes only.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lizakhan12777
Reviewed 2 days ago

A good spot to walk around on a weekend but otherwise not that exceptional. You'll definitely get to chat to some Vietnamese students who are all looking to practice their English. However the lake it self isn't all that specia;l. The food and shops around...More

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

I joined a day tour for visiting this place for 30 minutes. If you like taking photos. I suggest you to go by yourself on Saturday 5pm and spare at least three hours there. There are so many interesting things surrounding the lake.

Date of experience: November 2018
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27 August 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
27 August 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
13 June 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