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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
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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

The lake is in the middle of the city, surrounded by shops, restaurants, attractions and within a short walk from the old town. Good place to see families enjoy the green park, people practicing Taichi, and youth meeting their friends to hang out at coffee...More

Thank SundayNOLA
Reviewed 2 days ago

A great place to go on a leisurely or brisk walk, right around the Lake would be quite a large walk but we did it and enjoyed the walk very much. On weekends some of the roads around the Lake are pedestrianized, the locals come...More

Thank robert w
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here a few times to relax and get away from the frenetic hustle of the city.. first 5minutes pure bliss with my own thoughts... then The hawkers started... would you like a hat.. no thank you.... 5 mins later would you like a fan.....More

Thank JeButler82
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sitting on the bench around the lake, one may feel the tranquility. And in the night, you should not miss the red-illuminated bridge to the Ngọc Sơn Pagoda and the reflection of Hanoi's skyline lights.

Thank clementich
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In the early morning of our weekend visit the Hanoians were walking about the lake shore or sitting around with friends. The activities they are engaged in are multiple, exercise for sure was the most common. A quiet walk interspersed with music to move too....More

Thank sharon s
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place looks totally different on weekends. No vehicles are allowed to pass by. All the major places like beer street , puppet theatre, church are closely located. Also enjoy beautiful cafes to eat and drink

Thank OneLoveLadakh
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely lake and a great point to get your bearings from. Couple of nice tea/coffee shops dotted around it and Friday to Sunday night it is awash with tourists and locals instead of being surrounded by traffic

Thank jim k
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lake is nice. The temple was under a lot of construction and was very underwhelming considering there was an entry fee.

Thank Stephiio
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Some cities have a place that just naturally draws people in and this lake is one of those places. It became our place to walk around after dinner, our land mark to walk to when we got lost in the labrinth of streets and shops,...More

Thank annebarclay17
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Starting off with the lake: it's lovely and tranquil, very photogenic. With many trees with their branches dancing into the still water. It's a pleasant ant not strenuous walk around it, but the midday heat should be avoided. You can cross the Red Bridge to...More

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Charlene Gael A
27 August 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
Charlene Gael A
27 August 2017|
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Response from Pepijn A | 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