Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi

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Situated at the rim of the Old Quarter among the city's most popular attractions, the green shores of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) offer a break from sightseeing and provide a quiet spot for people-watching. Notice the temple--topped with a red star--on a small islet in the middle of the lake. Apart from being the city's emblem, it commemorates a local legend, which involves an Excalibur-like sword. The story goes that a local dragon god gave a magical sword to a 15th-century Vietnamese emperor who used it in an uprising against the Ming Dynasty. When the war was won, a giant turtle emerged from the lake and took back the sword to return it to heaven. The lake is home to a rare species of soft-shell turtles. Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • Spent an hour or so at the lake, taking a break from the hectic life in the city. The lake is pretty, with a nice path around the outside. There are plenty of places to take an excellent photo. Would....  more »
  • The lake is excellent. You've to get around Hanois traffic, but the moment you're there, it's such a great area. Last Sunday (or perhaps each Sunday) the perimeter was closed to site traffic, so the.....  more »
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  • Nice place for a walk. Can get very crowded but still good.
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