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  • Address: Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Hours: Daily

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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) Tours

The Lake of the Restored Sword holds as big a place in local folklore as it does in Hanoi’s city culture. According to local legend, an ancient emperor was once floating along the lake when the Golden Turtle God requested his magic sword. It’s an age-old story that locals still tell to curious tourists who wander the lake’s scenic shores. It marks the divide between Hanoi’s Old Quarter and French Quarter and is also home to an endangered species of massive soft-shell turtles that gave nearby Turtle Temple its name.

Today, travelers flock to the lake to escape the hustle of the city. And while the morning hours prove a calming way to greet the day (locals like to gather at one of the many quiet cafes to sip cups of strong, sweet coffee as the sun rises), it’s worth sticking around after dark to capture pictures of Hanoi’s skyline aglow with glittering white lights.

Practical Info

The lake is located in Hanoi’s historical center between Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Thai To. It’s easily accessible via local buses, including the 9 and 36. Ngoc Son Temple, located in the northern part of the lake, is a popular destination for travelers.

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