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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  • You should go there on the weekend when the street nearby is close and there is opened only for pedestrians. There are so many activities and the people are so friendly 
    You should go there on the weekend when the street nearby is close and there is opened only for pedestrians. There are so many activities and the people are so friendly  more »
  • It is a social place for locals and tourists. it is a good pedestrian area and music performance (amateur players); it is short distance walking from Hotel just 5 minutes. we came here few time early....  more
    It is a social place for locals and tourists. it is a good pedestrian area and music performance (amateur players); it is short distance walking from Hotel just 5 minutes. we came here few time early....  more »
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  • Very nice place but crazy crowded. Hard to find parking in peak time
  • Though this place is crowded because of the tourist spots but the area is good, a lot of restaurants and establishment.

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