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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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nice view both day and night

Road closed (no car) on weekend, only for walking, street shopping, playground, pre-wedding photography, sight seeing.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The lake is in the Hoan Kiem district, and right next to the Old Quarter. The lake is beautiful all day, but especially at dusk and at night. The major structures (Ngoc Son Temple, the red bridge, Turtle Tower) on the lake are lighted, as well as the buildings around the lake.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you happen to be in Hanoi and you happen to be close enough, the walk around this lake is a nice change of pace from the Old Quarter. When we went on Saturday afternoon, the road all along the east part of the lake was closed off to cars and motorbikes (for the most part), so it was nice... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Road closed (no car) on weekend, only for walking, street shopping, playground, pre-wedding photography, sight seeing.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The lake and its surrounds are well groomed. You will see lots of tourists and locals here pretty much all the time but especially after dark. There are many street vendors selling their wares here, be it titbits, nibblies or cards. Some are happy enough to let you view their goods but there are some pushy ones who offer you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Its a beautiful lake n worth a visit.one can just sit down n relax. There are lot if shops nearby just in case one wanna shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really beautiful at night. Many locals and foreigners are walking around the lake. Would have been romantic, but I was with another guy... Although not a bad bro date spot with the old quarter and bars nearby.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hoan Kiem Lake is the lake in the center of Hanoi capital, Vietnam. All visitors go to there when they visit Hanoi. It is very beautiful and peaceful. You can walk around there, go to Hanoi old street quarter...

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This attraction requires a small admission fee. We visited with a guide, which was great, as she was able to explain the history of the lake, temple and surrounds. The lake is very pretty, more so at night when is of the monuments and temples are nicely illuminated

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An easy and pleasant walk around this lake in the old quarter. Google it to find out about the legend giving it its name. Recommend visiting this at the weekend (afternoons/evenings?) when traffic is banned on the road going all around the lake, making it a far more peaceful, pleasant and relaxed stroll. Buy an ice cream or a cup... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice refreshing area to walk around. Take a break from the hussle and bustle of the traffic and streets. Great to walk around and plenty to see and plenty cafes and restaurants. Good photo opportunities.

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