facebook

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem lake represented the spiritual heart of the city, reminds Vietnamese people of a legendary story about the name Hoan Kiem, and reminds the traditional education and the dedication of General Tran Hung Dao.

Located in the middle of one of the busiest streets of Vietnam capital, Hoan Kiem Lake offers plenty of trees and shaded spots in which to escape the busy life outerwards. The temple attracts many visitors from locals to foreigners to get away from the noise and frenetic pace of the city. Considered as the heart of Ha Noi, Hoan Kiem Lake is a legendary spot, which explains much of its reputation and makes it outstanding among many other lakes in the North of Vietnam.

 Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Legend tells that the Heaven King sent Emperor Ly Thai To a magical sword, which he used to fight against Chinese colonization and got his distinguished victory. After the war, Ly Thai To returned the magical sword to a giant turtle, which grabbed the sword and disappeared into the depths of this lake to restore the sword to its original owners. Being faithful and inspired, the locals name the lake after the highlighted milestone of Vietnam history - “Ho Hoan Kiem”, which means “Lake of the Restored Sword”.

 Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple

In the center of the lake, there is a small island with an ancient building called the “Turtle Tower”, which is in memory the legend. The island is known as Jade island, accessible by the iconic Huc Bridge or Rising Sun Bridge. Even the bridge is a charming icon itself with scarlet-painted wooden material. Crossing through Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple appears to your eyes. Built in 18th century, Ngoc Son templaye is prdominately dedicated to war hero General Tran Hung Dao, who defeated an armed force of 300,000 soldiers sent by Mongolian Emperor Kublai Kham om the 13th century to invade Vietnam. Inside the temple, there are altars dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, some ancient artefacts includings ceramics and a preserved specimen of a gian turtle once found weighing 250kg. There are also endangered large soft-sell turtles living in Hoan Kiem lake, to see one of these gentle giants is kind of auspicious. Feeling good enough for a visit soon?

 doing exercise

Doing exercise in the morning in Hoan Kiem Lake

Fridays to Sundays is the recommended weekly period for tourists to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and the Tuttle Tower. Thanks to the fact traffic is banned from the area from 7PM to midnight, public fun fair vibe takes over the place. If you are looking for a good morning walk or peaceful coffee joyment during your stay in Ha Noi, Hoan Kiem Lake would be a good spot for you to blend in the locals.

Trips that visit Hoan Kiem Lake
RV Mekong Adventurer Cruise 8 days
Contact For Price
Hanoi Half day City by Motorbike with lunch
Excellent 9.712 reviews
Contact For Price
Hanoi Street Food Tour
Excellent 9.5103 reviews
Contact For Price
See more
Top 10 authentic things to do in Hanoi – Discover the real Hanoi!
March 30, 2016    /    9737 View
Tips For Visiting Sapa
March 30, 2016    /    6864 View
Useful Local Tips For Travelling Ho Chi Minh City
April 04, 2016    /    6667 View
Rivers in Vietnam, You Gotta Know These
July 05, 2016    /    5107 View
Discovering Nha Trang with great experience - Snorkeling
April 04, 2016    /    4952 View
Khao Phansa Festival 2019 in Thailand
May 31, 2019    /    9 View
Top 9 must-try foods in Myanmar
May 25, 2019    /    23 View
Top 5 Nighlife activities in Luang Prabang
May 23, 2019    /    62 View
Calling the rain - Rocket Festival in Laos
May 20, 2019    /    36 View
Top 6 Things To Buy In Cambodia
May 20, 2019    /    103 View
Back to Top