When walking around the Hoan Kiem Lake you might notice the statue of King Ly Thai To. The statue is located at Indira Gandhi Park and is a memorial to the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty.
The Ly Dynasty began in 1009 when Ly Thai To overthrow the Prior Le Dynasty. The era ended in 1225 when Tran Canh married the last queen of the Ly Dynasty and manoeuvred his way to the throne, founding the Tran Dynasty in the process.
The monument and hall were constructed in 1896 in honour of Le Loi, national hero of many battles and wars in the early 1400's, who became King Le Thai To. His statue is set in a pleasant garden with a small community hall behind. This was unfortunately closed on my passage. Le Thai To is directly part of the legend of the Restored Sword of Thuy Quan lake, to become Hoan Kiem, just outside the main gate. The legend being that Le Loi found a magic sword carved in Chinese characters. It was believed that heaven had given him the mission to fight the enemy. After the victory he was out boating on the lake when Saint Tim Quy took the sword back. Afterwards Thuy Quan lake was renamed Restored Sword lake (Hoan Kiem).
This park is dedicated to Ly Thai To who ruled Vietnam as emperor for 19 years from 1009 to 1028 under the Ly Dynasty, of which he was the founder. It's located on the eastern side of Hoan Kiem Lake and features a large statue of him.
During his reign, the ruling Chinese Song Dynasty had much work to do, favouring this over conflict with neighbouring nations. So with some ingenious diplomacy, Ly Thai To sent envoys to the ruling emperor and demanded its government to recognise Dai Viet as a vassal kingdom. Acceding to his request, The emperor of the Song Dynasty sent envoys back to confer a title on him, originally as the Lord of Giao Chi, and later, The King of the Pacifying South. This then paved the way for him to become emperor of Vietnam.
Go and take photo of the Statue of Ly Thai To but do not confused with Le Thai To. They are from different era. The name is almost the same. It is different person with different name. Ly thai To was the founder of the Ly dynasty (1010-1225). When he was the emperor he moved the capital to the site near present day Hanoi, it was then called Thang Long which evolved in times to Hanoi.
Ly Thai To Statue is a memorial to the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty.
If you walk around Hoan Kiem Lake towards French Quarter you will find Emperor Ly Thai To statue. You can’t miss it as the statue is standing tall, massive and very prominent.
The actual statue is located in Indira Gandhi Park which is one of the major parks in Hanoi. The park is favourite spot for the local. The Hanoian congregate at the park to relax and do some exercise in the form of Tai Chi, bring their children to play, or to meet friends for chating and even dancing. For tourist it is interesting just to observe the local activities at Indira Gandhi Park.
The name of the park was honorary tribute to Indira Gandhi the ex Prime Minister of India. She was strong supporter of Vietnam. Unfortunatly she was assasinated in 1984 during her fourth term in power.
Location: East side of Hoan Kiem Lake, Dinh Tien Hoang street, Indira Gandhi Park.
Admission: No Cost.
As you walk along the lake, you will come across this statue of King Ly Thai To just beside the post office.
You can pay your respect to him just like the locals does.