This small lake between the Old Quarter and the French Quarter is central to Hanoian folklore. A ghostly shrine (the Turtle ... More
Hoan Kiem Lake
This small lake between the Old Quarter and the French Quarter is central to Hanoian folklore. A ghostly shrine (the Turtle Pagoda) standing on an islet at its center pays homage to a golden turtle. In the 15th century, this heroic reptile is said to have returned a magic sword to its home in the lake after it had been taken. These days, the sculptured park along the banks plays host to postcard sellers, hawkers, old men playing chess, freelance money changers, lone photographers looking for a lucrative snap and locals practicing tai chi.
Hanoi is a beautiful city.
Hoan Kiem Lake is surely a great part of this great city.
Beautiful lake at night, cool to just hang or take a walk around.
There is a tiny island in the midle of the lake, and it is cool.
Well, i am living in Hanoi, it is a great place for walking to relax. Special, Hoan kiem lake is so so so charming in the acient hand. At night, you can go by foot around the lake, enjoy the clear atmosphere and release your stress. Sitting on the bank of Hoan Kiem lake, you will be told everything hiden long long ago by the night...
Just come to Haon Kiem lake once, you'll love this place and wanna move to here!!!
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 space that made quite livable what would otherwise be a fairly claustrophobic urban environment. I'd never seen a lake in Hanoi that wasn't necklaced by benches and circled by people out enjoying the view. People fished in them, swam in them, and waded out into them to harvest wild rau muong, a waterborne vegetable that could add a few extra vitamins to a bowl of rice.
Hoan Kiem Lake wasn't Hanoi's biggest, or its deepest. It wasn't even the cleanest. But it represented the spiritual heart of the city. It was possible to stroll its circumference in less than thirty minues, but the role it played in Hanoians' sense of their city -- both historically and in the present day -- was enormous. The lake drew people toward it as a body draws breath. I had seen the crowds at the lake on Liberation Day, thousands of revelers on their bicycles and motorbikes, moving slowly, packed tight, endlessly circling the lake. During the wedding season, I'd seen professional photographers snap shots of brides and grooms on the green lawns beside the water. Traditionally, at midnight on the first night of the Tet New Year celebration, the most signiificant moment in Vietnam's year, the smoke cloud of a millioin exploding firecrackers covered the lake like a blanket on a newborn. Hanoians didn't even call Hoan Kiem Lake by its popular name, but used a shorthand term of endearment, bo ho, "the shore of the lake." No one had to ask, which shore? which lake? Bo ho wasn't merely the heart of the city, but its lungs, and mind, and soul as well.
ccording to me, Hoan Kiem Lake is the most beautiful Lake in Ha Noi. It is a gem of the capital. Everyone likes this Lake. They always walk around the lake in the morning & afternoon. The air in here is very cool & fresh.
If you go there, you will see many green trees like Willow... , many beautiful houses & shops. You can buy the souvenirs for your family and your friends.
Let go to Viet Nam to Enjoy the atmosphere in Hoan Kiem Lake. ^_^
Hoan Kiem Lake is situated in the city centre.
In the evening you could walk around and make a stop at the ice-cream shop (very delicious).
In the morning the older generation do some traditional 'sports'.
I like to see more eating store,like vietnamese type of cooking and restaurant.
I dislike when they don't recognised the SGD in the hotel. The visa card not useful in the three star hotel.When booking of air ticket must have USD and not card.
For the stay at the hotel, I am satify and
good service in the morning breakfast.
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 river. The lake was once called Luc Thuy or Green Water because the water was green year round. In the fifteen century, the lake was named Ho Hoan Kiem, based of a legend that is quite similar to King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake's legend.
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