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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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  • Very scenic. I came here at night and during the day. Peaceful. Romantic for couples. I walked around, in.part to see more and to get exercise to walk off a meal. 
    Very scenic. I came here at night and during the day. Peaceful. Romantic for couples. I walked around, in.part to see more and to get exercise to walk off a meal.  more »
  • Walk arounf the lake, it will take you about half hour and it is worth it. Very romantic, the small tower and the red bridge with the temple on the islet are lovely 
    Walk arounf the lake, it will take you about half hour and it is worth it. Very romantic, the small tower and the red bridge with the temple on the islet are lovely  more »
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  • This area once again is super lit at night. The amount of energy this place during night is quite high. What I love about this place is that everyone is enjoying here & living in the moment. This place has not ♿️ accessible parking but entrance is ♿️ accessible.
  • An absolute beauty during the evening sunsets. Very picturesque, with a red bridge lighted up and the reflection dancing in the lake waters. Come with your loved one, and write poems or just a love letter.

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