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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless...

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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Beautiful lake

Good way to spend a few hours walking round, plenty to see and and take in, especially if you like to people watch as it's always awash with locals / Vietnamese people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Lake surrounding with lots of attraction to visit e.g water puppet show, old quarter view coffee house.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you in the area make sure to visit this place figured out the meaning of small figures and statues we saw with tortoise and sword on its back. Nice piece of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic place on a weekend, the streets are blocked off and it's a true family day for the locals. A lot of street activity going on with kids running playing and laughing. Some good Restuarant's in the area to just sit and have a drink and take in the whole atmosphere. And if you get bored you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good way to spend a few hours walking round, plenty to see and and take in, especially if you like to people watch as it's always awash with locals / Vietnamese people.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

During the working hours this is a nice place but hardly a must visit, however at night on the weekend with the surrounding streets closed to traffic and assorted musical acts going on it is magic.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

great place to go for a stroll. Great for families. Try the Bo Bia while you people watch. Carefull not to overspend in this tourist zone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lovely area to people watch during the day or a lovely stroll around the lake. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings the area is sectioned off and local people play games and sell goods. Visitors are very welcome to get involved with the family oriented games and great fun can be had by all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice lake to walk around or sit and enjoy. Ice cream and/or coffee available nearby. Peaceful place, quiet and serene... nice at night too! Many locals and tourists around. Should check this place out....it's free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a leisurely stroll around the Lake of the Restored Sword one very pleasant evening in January. The road was closed off to traffic and there were several little children driving around in miniature cars and trucks. In the evening the lake is so pretty especially with the beautifully lit red bridge that goes to a small island with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Calm and historic place to escape from the old quarter frenzy and buy a snack or a drink and have a relaxing walk surrounded by gardens with views of historic sites and modern upscale Ha Noi. The Pagoda in the middle of the lake is a favorite spot for photos.

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