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"Hoan Kiem Lake: The Legend (Part 1)" Top 5 Page for this destination Hoan Kiem Lake Tip by victorwkf

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi: 114 reviews and 266 photos

  Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
by victorwkf
  • Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam - Hanoi
      Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
    by victorwkf
  • Hoan Kiem Lake: The Legend (Part 1) - Hanoi
  • Hoan Kiem Lake: The Legend (Part 1) - Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of Restored Sword) is a famous landmark in Hanoi and a centre of the city. There is an interesting legend behind this lake. Apparently in the 15th century, Emperor Le Thai To of Vietnam was supposedly handed a magic sword by a divine tortoise living in the lake, thus helping him to repel invaders from China. After the country has been liberated, the tortoise snatched back the sword from the emperor and thus the lake is named "Lake of Restored Sword". This lake was once part of the nearby Red Riber (Song Hung) and a swamp, until the French drained the land in the 19th century thus forming this lake. There are several species of tortoise living in this lake, and you will sometimes see them on the water surface. The area surrounding the lake is very beautiful with flowers, trees, benches, paths etc where both locals and tourist relax. Please see part 2 of this tip.

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  • Written Mar 2, 2007
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