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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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the lake in itself isn't spectacular, but it serves to discover the area very well. remember to visit the Chinese temple on the island, it is a gem.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank UltimateFamilyTravel
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful place and amazing trafic around. The first day I could not go across the roads around the lake. Someone had to help me. The second day I like going across the road. Because the rule was go straight and do not turn around your...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank linh L
Reviewed 2 days ago

many shop & restaurant surrounding, its most popular place in Hanoi, from the street food for seafood lover (not cheap & value to eat, very fresh)

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BehH4
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love it this places very nice and dong xian market very nice thank you vietnam see you again next visit

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paradise469456
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked around the lake and found it very enjoyable. We crossed the bridge to visit the Pagoda, well worth visiting

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PaulH598
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You will probably go around the lake couple of times during your visit. During the day it is nice to seat on the bench and take a break. In the evening(especially on the weekends) there is a lot going on- locals dancing, playing different games,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maja135
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just on the edge of the old quarter, a very pleasant stroll round the lake with the contrast of the traffic going round the perimeter. Many people taking photos, many just sitting on the benches. Very relaxing and easy as a contrast to the hustle...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RogerN406
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed a walk around the lake with visits to the temple and then a service at the cathedral. Nice friendly atmosphere with lots of viewpoints

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank srablair
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a unique feature of Hanoi because every weekend it is blocked off for 2 or 3 blocks around the lake for pedestrian traffic only. This brings out a lot of people and vendors. It is just a nice walk around the lake in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DrByte0001
Reviewed 3 days ago

This lake is the go-to place for locals and tourists for morning yoga, jog, or group tai chi. The sunrise here is spectacular and I suggest that you take a stop to savor the view. The place could be packed with exercising people, but you’ll...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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28 August 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
28 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