Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

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    Ngoc Son Temple

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    The temple was built on an island at Hoan Kiem Lake in the 19th century. A great Hanoi writer, Nguyen Van Sieu had a large pen-shaped tower built at the entrance of the temple. On the upper section of the tower, also called Thap But, are three Chinese characters Ta Thanh Thien, which literally means "to write on the blue sky is to imply the height of a genuine and righteous person's determination and will"; Dai Nghien, meaning "ink stand", is carved from stone resembling a peach placed on the back of the three frogs on top of the gate to the temple; and The Huc, meaning "where rays of morning sunshine touch".

    Address: Located at Hoan Kiem Lake

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    fresh air

    by duyducivan Written Feb 2, 2015

    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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    Lake of the Restored Sword

    by Willettsworld Written May 12, 2010

    Hoan Kiem Lake, (meaning “Lake of the Restored Sword”), is located just to the south of the Old Quarter and forms the centrepiece of Hanoi. The name of the lake comes from a legend in which Emperor Le Loi, worried about advancing Chinese, was boating on the lake when a giant tortoise rose from the murky waters. The tortoise presented him with a magical sword with which he could strike down all foes. The tortoise made Le Loi promise to bring back the sword upon the defeat of the Chinese. True to his word, the tortoise rose again to take back the sword following the success of Le Loi's campaign, and since then the lake has been known as the Lake of the Restored Sword. A solitary pagoda, known as the Tortoise Tower, on an islet to the west side of the lake, has been built in the tortoise's honour. At the northern end of the lake sits Ngoc Son Pagoda, which sits on another island known as Jade Island and is connected to the bank of the lake by a red bridge known as Huc Bridge (meaning “Bridge of the Rising Sun”).

    In the morning the lake area is crowded with folks out for their morning exercise - running or walking in a circle around the lake or joining in with the many tai chi, martial arts, calisthenics, aerobics, and even ballroom dancing groups that meet in the open areas at water's edge. It also hosts the Tet (Vietnamese lunar New Year) celebrations where fireworks are set off and people let off paper lanterns into the nights sky.

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  • The Huc Bridge at Night

    by munapong Updated Jun 25, 2006

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    Many people visit The Huc Bridge in day time. At night, it is also as beautiful. On Sunday night, the Bridge has special lightings - worth a visit in day and night time.

    Directions: Go to Hoan Kien Lake - you can see the Bridge - cant miss it :P

    Huc Bridge at Night Emperor Ly Statue
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    a relaxing wander around

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

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    This lake is in the centre of the city and it attracts many people every day. There is a coffee shop where you can sit on the edge of the lake and watch the world go by.

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    Pagoda in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake

    by Starsa Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    You get to the Ben Ngo Son Pagoda by crossing a red bridge. It isn't too big, but had a couple rooms for prayer and another that told the tale of a giant turtle that lived in the lake.

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    Ngoc Son Temple

    by KhanhLy Written Oct 11, 2005

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    On Hoan Kiem Lake is Ngoc Son Temple. Pay your entrance fee and cross over the red bridge to see the temple.

    Directions: Hoan Kiem Lake/Old Quarters

    Ngoc Son Temple early morning at Ngoc Son Temple entrance Ngoc Son Temple at night 2nd entrance to Ngoc Son Temple

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    Hoan kiem lake

    by Ah_jack Written May 23, 2008

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    Visit this famous lake. nice places to take photo and have a nice chill out at the restaurants nearby.

    Address: hoan kiem

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    Hanoi By Night

    by kphstar Written Jul 13, 2005

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    Take a stroll around the Lake at night and you understand the charm and the romance the city has to offer.

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    Chill out at the lake

    by deeper_blue Written Jan 26, 2012

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    Hoan Kiem Lake is a nice relaxing place to unwind in Hanoi, beautiful bridges and peaceful settings.

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    Hoan Kiem Lake

    by kenningst Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    Its hard to miss Hoan Kiem Lake as it is situated in the middle of everything. You will for sure pass by this lake for more than once.

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  • Nice red bridge near Lake Hoan Kiem

    by oerkenbo Written Dec 15, 2007

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    This bridge reminds me of the one in Nikko, Japan -- similarly graceful and beautiful. The bridge can be seen from many different vistas around the lake.

    Bridge over Lake Hoan Kiem

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    Hoan Kiem Lake

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    The pillars of the entrance to the Tortoise Pagoda in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake.

    It's nice but certainly is overrated in all the travel guides

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