Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi: Hours, Address, Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) Reviews: 4.5/5

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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4.5
13,535 reviews
Excellent
6,006
Very good
5,445
Average
1,853
Poor
180
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,600 contributions
Didn't get to experience the lake during daylight hours, but of an evening the lake and the illumination of the bridge and temple was really lovely and well worth coming to see.
Written 10 August 2022
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Ishvaryaa Chandhan
Yokohama, Japan18 contributions
Ideal for an evening hangout, along the lakeside with busy shopping experience and buzzing activities!
Written 7 August 2022
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Z1125XOjoanneh
10 contributions
It was an extremely hot day so large trees around lake provide a sheltered walking zone. We visited the Temple across the bridge. Open bus city tour would have been better than trying to walk in the heat. Very busy but interesting area.
Written 2 August 2022
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Michael A
14 contributions
Solo
The hoan khiem lake is beautiful in its own rights, lovely location an ancient temple located on a mini island on the lake itself linked by a red walking bridge. The temple is said to be a 1000 years old .
Lots of activities around the lake both day time and in the evenings.
A must visit if in Hanoi
Written 31 July 2022
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Liz
Seoul, South Korea37 contributions
This lake has a super interesting tale involving a turtle and a king. Any ideas what it could be? Apparently the turtle who lived in this lake gave a sword to the king to defeat the enemies in the war. So, the king built a temple to honor the turtle.
Written 29 July 2022
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Marcus K
Ampang, Malaysia77 contributions
Saved money and just take pictures or video during day and night time as nothing special if you pay normal entrance fees for these attraction. I believe not many will appreciate to pay such amount of entrance fees to go inside.
Written 27 July 2022
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Nancie
Market Harborough, UK18 contributions
Couples
Very good. Glad we had the info beforehand otherwise you would be very lost and confused about the significance of the lake. Only downside was the smell of the lake itself and surrounding litter.
Written 25 July 2022
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Clevelang
Cleveland, Australia44 contributions
Couples
Steamy, hot but lots of fun. July is perhaps not the best weather window for Hanoi but the lake can provide a cooler environment.
Early mornings see locals enjoying exercise with dance, tai chi or just a relaxing stroll. Evenings are the same. Plenty of large shady trees and often a cooling breeze means even in the heat of the day this is a great place to have a cool drink, an ice cream and watch the world go by.
Weekends are special as the streets around the lake are closed to traffic. People replace vehicles. Laughter replaces horns. Groups of students seek out tourists to practice the language they are learning at school or university. These make the most wonderful and engaging conversations where you experience the incredible friendliness of the Vietnamese people.
If you are near the old quarter on the weekend don't miss it.
Written 18 July 2022
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doscal
Dubai, United Arab Emirates530 contributions
Well worth the visit - I walked around this place in the drizzling rain which added to the experience.
Theres plenty of shops and coffee shops dotted around... and it leads to the old town. Visit and enjoy.
Written 17 July 2022
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Grace H
London, UK12 contributions
To our horror, we found that this lake stinks. The streets around it are filthy with litter and discarded food containers and trash too. A disappointment. Hanoi should up it's game post-covid.
Written 15 July 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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