Hoàn Kiếm Lake
Hoàn Kiếm Lake

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Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as "Sword Lake," stands as an indispensable symbol of Hanoi, embodying poetic beauty and legendary historical tales. Located in the city's center, the lake is not only an ideal destination for tourists exploring Vietnamese culture and history but also a serene retreat for local residents.

Enchanting Beauty and Mystique

Famed for its peaceful and tranquil ambiance, Hoan Kiem Lake captivates visitors with its cool, green surroundings, clear waters, and the picturesque setting of temples and memorials. The lake's shimmering lights in the evening create an ethereal scene, capturing every gaze with its magical allure.

The Legend of Hoan Kiem Lake

Sword Lake is renowned not only for its natural beauty but also for its association with the legend of Le Loi, a national hero who returned the magical sword to the Golden Turtle God after repelling the Ming invaders. This story is not just a significant part of Vietnamese history but also a reflection of the people's respect and gratitude towards heroes who fought for the country's independence.

Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge

One of the lake's highlights is Ngoc Son Temple, an ancient temple dedicated to the Jade Emperor and historical heroes. The Huc Bridge, a unique architectural red-painted wooden bridge leading from the lakeshore to the temple, creates a vibrant and captivating picture.

Cultural and Recreational Activities

Hoan Kiem Lake is a hub of cultural and recreational activities. Visitors can partake in morning exercise classes, watch traditional water puppet shows, or enjoy open-air musical performances. On weekends, the lake's surrounding area becomes a popular spot for family picnics, leisurely strolls, or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

A Blend of History and Modernity

Hoan Kiem Lake reflects not just Hanoi's long history but also symbolizes the integration of tradition and modernity. The contrast between the lake's peaceful, ancient space and the bustling, modern buildings around it creates a striking juxtaposition.

Exploring Culture

Hoan Kiem Lake offers a wonderful opportunity to explore local culture. Visitors can indulge in delicious street food, learn about the customs and practices of Hanoians, or participate in traditional festivals happening around the lake.

Insight into Urban Life

For those looking to understand more about urban life in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake provides a comprehensive view. It reflects the rhythm of everyday life, from street vendors, early morning exercisers to young people gathering for conversations and entertainment.

Events and Festivals

Hoan Kiem Lake also serves as a venue for many of the city's important events and festivals. From the Cherry Blossom Festival and International Music Festival to other cultural events, the lake remains a center of vibrancy and attraction, drawing both locals and tourists.

Hoan Kiem Lake is more than just a symbol of Hanoi; it is a meeting point of natural beauty, history, and culture. It is an unmissable destination for anyone wanting to explore the heart and soul of Hanoi. Whether it's engaging in cultural activities, learning about history, or simply admiring the scenery and relaxing, Hoan Kiem Lake warmly welcomes visitors from all over the world. It is not just a lake, but a keeper of heroic histories, rich cultural traditions, and an endless source of inspiration for those who love and seek to understand Hanoi.

Nearby Attractions


Ngoc Son Temple

227 meter away

St. Joseph Cathedral

315 meter away

Hoa Lo Prison

696 meter away

Hanoi Opera House

765 meter away

Hanoi's Old Quarter

767 meter away

Traveler Reviews

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Beautiful scenery and lots of nearby facilities. Ngoc Son temple is in the middle of the lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is also nearby.
Một nơi đi bộ trải nghiệm và chill sau những ngày mệt mỏi thì thật tuyệt vời
Một nơi ko thể không đến khi ghé Hà Nội!
Ngày trăng rằm, ngồi bên bờ hồ Hoàn Kiếm, ngắm tháp rùa, xa xa thấp thoáng cầu Thê Húc như dải lụa đỏ bắc đến đền Ngọc Sơn, những bóng cây cổ thụ rũ xuống hồ nơi bóng trăng vàng trong nước. Ta ngồi ngắm và chìm vào trong khung cảnh đó, hít những hương thơm của đất trời, gặm nhấm lấy những khung cảnh của thời gian nơi ta ngồi đó, của Hà Nội, của con người.
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi is truly enchanting, offering a serene escape in the heart of the bustling city. The tranquil waters, the iconic red bridge leading to Ngoc Son Temple, and the scenic surroundings create an atmosphere of peace and beauty. My appreciation for the calming ambiance and the cultural richness it brings to Hanoi is beyond words. A visit to Hoan Kiem Lake is a must for anyone seeking solace and a connection with the soul of this vibrant city ❤️
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Xung quanh nhiều cây xanh, đẹp, trong lành. Rất đáng để ghé qua, thăm các di tích xung quanh. Địa điểm đẹp để check in, chịp ảnh, đi bộ, tập thể dục.
Chill chill lãng mạn và đông vui tấp nập
Trung tâm thành phố, địa điểm ăn uống, vui chơi nhộn nhịp nhất
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Một nơi có nhiều kỷ niệm,
Lovely place to do morning ‍♂️ Lots of runners in the morning
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Quá tuyệt vời
Sáng sớm đi dưới mua phùng thật tuyệt
毎日ダンシングおばさん達を見るのが大好きでした。 同じ場所・同じ曲で楽しそうだった。 週末は特に湖周辺が歩行者天国になるので、散歩に最適です。 カメラを持って写真を撮る商売をしていたり、似顔絵を描く人がいたり、物売りの人がいたり楽しめます。 1周20〜30分で歩けると思います。
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24/12/2023 DL
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Điểm đến của mọi cuộc vui.
Cuối tuần rất nhộn nhịp. Gửi xe mất 30k
Một nơi lý tưởng để dừng chân ăn nghỉ và trải nghiệm văn hóa, lễ hội, du lịch Mộc Châu
Đi thì rất đáng vì rất mát mẻ lại còn đẹp
A lovely place to stroll, or sit on a bench by the water and people watch.
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Precioso lugar de visita obligada si estás en Hanoi
Di tích lịch sử Việt Nam nên không phải nói nhiều. Đeo tai nghe rồi đi bộ vào những ngày cuối tuần hoặc ăn một bữa rồi ngắm view hồ thì đúng là 9/10 rồi, bị mỗi cái là đông người thôi
cảnh đẹp, người tấp nập đông vui
Lúc nào cũng đẹp!
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Địa điểm quen thuộc…
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Mát hóng gió vui mà hơi đông ng
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Ra buổi chiều xem các cô chú tập thể dục rất có không khí.
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All’altezza della storica fama.
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Treffpunkt aller Nationen und ein Standort zum erholen
A lot of people on holiday. On island have small temple pay around 1USD. Inside beautiful but can not take a photo.
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Khung cảnh rất đẹp
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Hồ đẹp có cầu Thê Húc và đền Ngọc Sơn cổ kính giữa hồ.
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