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Hoan Kiem Lake Tips (104)

Hoan Kiem Lake, relax your soul~

Hoan Kiem lake have fresh air, suitable for your running, walking, or simply sit down and feel. You can eat Trang Tien ice cream, the price less than 1usd for one. Great! The ice cream is okay but maybe you have waiting for a long time. Hanoi youth like to eat this kind: spriral & super high (I have a photo). Every morning running around the lake, breathing the fresh air, I love that moment <3

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Aug 02, 2016

Pretty, strollworthy lake

Situated in the old quarter, Hoan Kiem lake is small, pretty, and a focal point for locals and tourists. Around the lake are numerous people selling tat, a few shops with drinks and snacks, caricaturists and artists, some nice flower beds, and a tree-lined path to circumnavigate in some shade. I particularly liked the herd of reindeer made out of hedge at the southwestern corner. In the middle of the lake are two tourist points of interest. The first is inaccessible and known as the turtle tower; the second is the Ngoc Son temple which I have reviewed separately. The lake is very pleasant, and if you can bear the heat it is definitely worth a look.

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Jun 14, 2016

What to eat and drink in Hanoi this summer

Summer is coming already. The weather is heating up. So far, I have been living in Hanoi for nearly 3 years. In Hanoi, the thing I find most different from my hometown is the heat of the summer. In my village, summer is also swelteringly hot, but no traffic jams, congestion, crowded and noisy as in this prosperous place. In this city, beside the heat it is stuck in traffic, congestion, and so dusty, … If it’s not busy because of work, then surely nobody wants to go out in the midday heat of the summer.

Despite the hot weather like that, Hanoi at this time, I guarantee you still have exciting experience that can not be ignored.
Something you can not ignore when coming to Hanoi in the summer, which is enjoying the food, drink as well as tropical fruits. Let’s learn about them.

Hanoi beer

Referring to the heat of summer in Hanoi, one can not forget to mention the beer. After a research, Vietnam is the country that use beer most in Southeast Asia.
By far, the beer has become a beautiful culture of Hanoi. It’s not beer to get drunk. Beer as a refreshing drink in a hot summerday. Every afternoon back from work, be convenient to cross the sidewalk, having a cool beer makes how tiredness, how the heat of summer seem to disappear. Telling some jokes and enjoying a cool beer, on the sidewalk of the street, watching the changes of a developing city, will be an unforgettable experience for every tourist visiting this place.

The good place to enjoy I recommend is Ta Hien Street. During daytime and nighttime, it’s always so crowded and so fun to enjoy “beer atmosphere” here. Have fun !!

Sweet porridge
Chè ([c??]) is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup orpudding. Varieties of Chè are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan,mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream. Other types are made with ingredients such as salt, aloe vera, seaweed,lotus seed, sesame seed, sugar palm seeds, taro, cassava and pandan leaf extract.
Vietnamese people usually make Chè in the summer to both a dish to drink, even as food that helps the body to purify and it’s good for health. If you like to visit a family in Vietnam, make sure you will be treated with a delicious bowl or cup of Chè.
It is difficult for one can tell you how many kinds of Chè. Each different region has its own types of sweet porridges. There are a few differences in how to prepare Chè in Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam. Experience them when you go to Hanoi.

Hanoi cream
Cream – something that’s indispensable when summer come.
If you are the faithful of ice cream, you ought to go to Thuy Ta cream shops around Hoan Kiem Lake , or Trang Tien ice cream on Trang Tien street – both are famous branda of cream for hundreds of years.

Sugarcane Juice
hanoi sugarcane juice
Attention, sweet tooth; Get your fix with fresh-pressed sugarcane juice served over ice. It’s oddly invigorating. Or maybe that’s the sugar talking.

hanoi fruits
Enjoy the tropical fruit with extremely cheap prices, delicious such as mango, pears, watermelon, papaya, jackfruit, durian … Please be careful when buying them at the roadside shop that not guarantee the quality. Stores have been warranted would be a good choice for you.
And there are many other foods that you can indulge in Hanoi. I’ll do another post about famous dishes and drinks in Hanoi as a reference for you.
Thank you very much.


Apr 06, 2016

Bring your umbrella and headphone!

On these rainy days, the best for you to go outside is being an umbrella next to you or you will be all wet. It is unfortunately if you catch an suddently rains on your walking Hanoi streets on weekend!
Or with my headphone i can sit something to wait for stop rainning!

Sep 18, 2015
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good place to meet curious young locals

fresh and lovely, i went there few times and each time locals came asking to either practice English and or just make friend. the only thing that irritate me was the lake that was very dirty and i hope government think to make this lake fresh and lively.

Feb 25, 2015

fresh air

Hoan Kiem lake where every morning i often wake up and do exercise with walking around the lake and take breath with fresh air. In addition, you can join a club where everyone does exercise together with music spoken by a cassetle. Everyone here always welcomes with a warm hug. They are friendly.

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Feb 02, 2015

Early birds joy - Around Hoan Kiem

If you are an early bird, just take your running or walking shoes, cloth yourself comfortable and take a couple of round around Hoan Kiem Lake. You meet a lot co-runners, people having early one practising gymnastic, meditating people, groups having some fun and you really get an power kick for your day. Don't mind the weather, if there is rain you wet in and outside that is the only difference.

No scooters, no noise, no smog, just the Lake (and the hidden turtles there) and you.

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Jan 05, 2015

The Legend of the Returned Sword

Ho Hoan Kiem means "lake of the returned sword". The story behind the name is a legend. In 1418, the Vietnamese emperor Le Loi fought a war against the Chinese. It wasn't going too well for him so when he walked by the lake one day, he saw a giant tortoise coming out of the water with a magic sword in its mouth. He took the sword and eventually defeated the Chinese army with it. When he was having his victory parade at the shores of Ho Hoan Kiem, the tortoise appeared again and demanded the sword back. Before he could do anything, the sword flew away from his hands to the tortoise's mouth. It disappeared in the water. The emperor had a temple built which can still be seen today.

Now, here's the curious thing: In 1968, a giant tortoise was discovered dead in the lake. Scientists estimate that it's at least 200 years old. It is exhibited in the temple (Jade Hill Temple, located on a small island in Hoan Kiem Lake) and it is really huge: I would guess that it is about 1.5 metres long and weighs some 200 kilos.

Apart from all these historic facts (that you can see in the shows in the Water Puppet Theatre next to the lake), Ho Hoan Kiem is a wonderful place to relax and watch the wind rippling the water. In the early morning and the evening, hundreds of Hanoians gather at the lakeshore to play badminton or do tai chi. Moreover, when you visit the lake at darkness, the lights of thousands vehicles passing by are beautifully reflected in the water.

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Hoam Kiem Lake

The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life.
Near the northern shore of the lake lies Jade Island on which the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) stands. The temple was erected in the 18th century

A pleasant park in the centre of town, within easy walking distance from anywhere in the Old Quarter It's the locals favorite leisure spot, and a great place to watch people practicing tai chi in the morning or to sit and read in the afternoon.

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Mar 04, 2014

Hoan Kiem lake

Ho Hoan Kiem (or Lake of the Restored Sword) was once part of the Red river (song Hong). Throughout thousands of years of geographical changes, the lake moved eastward to its present position kilometers from the river. Before the famous historical legend of King Le Loi here, Hoan Kiem Lake used to be called Luc Thuy Lake (or Green Water Lake) since the water was green all the year round. In 15th century, it was named Hoan Kiem Lake after the legend of Emperor Le Thai To, which is somehow similar to the story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake's. . 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 significant 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. The ‘tortoises’ of Hoan Kiem Lake are actually rare Asian soft-shelled freshwater giant turtles (the word ‘rua’ in Vietnamese covers both species). An unknown number still inhabit the murky water –occasionally a head pops up, a powerful omen of good luck for anyone fortunate to witness the event.

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Oct 30, 2013

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the centre of Hanoi. The lake's name means Lake of the Returned Sword. Warrior Le Loi was presented with a sword by a magic turtle on the lake's edge. Le Loi used this sword to fight the Chinese and drive them out of Vietnam. After his great victory, he was made emperor of Vietnam. One day when he was sailing on the lake, his sword fell into the waters. No matter how hard he looked he could not find it. It had been returned to the magic turtles of the lake.

There are two temples on the lake: Tortoise Pagoda (Thap Rua) at the south end of the lake and Ngoc Son Temple at the north end.

Ngoc Son Temple, which dates from the 14th century, can be reached by crossing the Huc (Morning Sunlight) Bridge - a pretty red wooden bridge.

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Jul 07, 2013

National Tuong in Hanoi, Viet nam

Tuong singing was imported from China around the 13th century. Stories in the opera tend to be ostensibly historical and frequently focus on the rules of social decorum. Like chèo and other forms of opera from around the world, tuồng employs the use of stock characters who are recognizable from their make-up and costumes, which are typically very elaborate and extravagant.

For hundreds years, Tuong increasingly has become an soulful enjoyment in Viet nam people's spiritual life.
In an attempt to express their aspiration,ordinary people organise shows,where performers tell the audiences folk stories. The actor- audience relationship is positioned as close as spectators have an opportunity for interacting with performers, developing their own imagination and stimulating actor's creation.

An unique aspects of Tuong is the concept of space and time which is depicted by acting,dancing and music, an ephemeral art.

Recently, Viet Nam Tuong Theatre often organises Tuong plays for tourists who visit Ha Noi, Viet Nam from 6pm to 7pm on thursday and friday weekly. It has become an unique and powerful traditional theatrical form of Viet Nam.

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Mar 17, 2012

Things To Do Near Hoan Kiem Lake

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Perfume Pagoda

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Temple of Literature

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Indochina Junk

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City View Cafe

Having visited Hanoi 5 times,i generally like to visit City view Cafe on the 5th floor over looking Hoan Kiem Lake with a nice Bia Hoi. Sadly over the years i feel the standard of service has gone...
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Women's Museum

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