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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake
By Hanoi Local Guide


A beautiful basket of flowers inside Hanoi, a mirror-like green lake, a place of love, etc. are converged in Hoan Kiem Lake – the core of Hanoi!


7 Reviews of Hoan Kiem Lake

Lake of the Restored Sword

Lake of the Restored Sword

Ho Hoan Kiem (or Lake of the Restored Sword) was once part of the Red river (song Hong). Throughout thousands of years of geographical changes, the lake moved eastward to its present position kilometers from the...

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hanoi is a city of lakes, brought about over the centuries by the Red River's myriad floods, expansions, and diversions. The lakes invested the crowded neighborhoods with light and air and a sense of...

Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple

Located in the centre of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake (‘Lake of the Returned Sword) is regarded as the heart of the city. Once a marshy lagoon, it owes its name and its fame to a powerful legend, a close parallel to...

Ho Hoan Kiem (Ho Guom)

Ho Hoan Kiem (Ho Guom)

Ho Hoan Kiem or Lake of the Returned Sword was once a part of the Red river (song Hong). Through thousands of years of changes in the geography, the lake moved eastward to its present position many kilometers from the...

Useful locator for navigating the city

Useful locator for navigating the city

I flew from Sai Gon to Hanoi to visit this attractive place in Vietnam - Hoan Kiem Lake. Hoan Kiem is a useful locator for navigating the city; for addresses downtown, people generally give directions in relation to...

Hoan Kiem Lake: The heart of Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake: The heart of Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem lake means “lake of the returned sword”. The story behind the name is a legend. In 1418, the Vietnamese emperor Le Loi fought a war against the Chinese. It wasn’t going too well for him...

Turtle Tower in Hoan Kiem Lake

Turtle Tower in Hoan Kiem Lake

If you do happen to walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi, you'll see a very small island with a temple on it. It seems you can't actually visit this seemingly abandoned temple on a tiny island...

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Overviews Hoan Kiem Lake
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Location Hanoi
Basin countries Vietnam
Properties Romantic, Road Trip, Adventure, Cycling, Lake
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