The lake of the Returned Sword in Hanoi

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Park and walking paths around the lake of the Returned Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) in Hanoi are the tourist heart of the city, the benchmark and starting point for tourists. The lake of the Returned Sword even usually referred to simply as "the lake", and all Hanouz know what was going on. The position of all landmarks is usually determined relative to the lake. To the North of the lake (see map of Hanoi) is a tourist area and he's old city, where are concentrated the most part of cheap hotels and guesthouses of Hanoi.

Озеро Возвращенного меча в Ханое Temple of the turtles at the lake
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Evenings around the lake you can walk for hours and observe the life of the inhabitants of Hanoi. There is almost always something going on. We (the authors), for example, the last time was watching the shooting shows on the jade island and the bridge, which was attended by many Asian beauties (see photo below). For Hanouzet is a popular place for evening relaxing and practicing morning and evening gymnastics. Located on the perimeter of walkways, benches, flowerbeds, several sculptures and monuments, and sometimes the street artists and performers.

Озеро Возвращенного меча в Ханое A street artist near the lake

At the Northern tip of the lake of the Returned Sword is a bus stop of city transport, the office of tourism electric cars, taxis. Here, in the North, is a popular restaurant, the City View Cafe, which are definitely worth a visit in the evening if not for the cuisine, at least from the view of the evening city and the lake from above.

From the North-East is the building of the puppet theatre on the water, which should be an integral part of any program to stay in Hanoi.

In the middle of the lake on a small island is situated the "Temple of the turtles", and near the North shore lies Jade island on which is the "Jade temple" (Ngoc Son Temple), and which is accessible by the famous red wooden bridge ("Bridge of morning sunlight"). The entrance to the temple and on the bridge for foreigners paid 20 000 Dong (currency of Vietnam).

🕐 Time of work: round the clock.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, entrance to red bridge and temple - 30 000 VND.

🚶 How to get there: the Lake is in walking distance from the tourist quarter of Hanoi (lake of the Returned sword on the map of Hanoi)

Photos of lake of the returned sword in Hanoi

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Lake panorama

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admin June 15, 2011
About the attractions of Hanoi here
The temple of Literature in Hanoi + 3D-photo gallery of the temple
The lake of the returned sword in Hanoi + 3D-photo gallery lake
Vietnamese women's Museum + 3D photo gallery Museum
The Bach MA temple + 3D photo
In this topic, ask questions about the attractions of Hanoi and what to see. ...
Kira 22 Nov, 2014
The city is rich in sights, both architectural and natural. Personally I remember Sapa Cathedral - the Cathedral, in its exterior design, similar to Notrе-Dame de Paris. ...
admin 22 November, 2014

Well, basically because about this place says it all. ...
Mila 23, 2015
Thanks for the info!Very interesting and concisely written, and with a map just sooo convenient! ...
samonnoff 24, 2015
3D free all super! Be sure to visit the lake of the Returned Sword through your article :) ...
egorbrel May 8, 2016
If time permits, the Lake of the Returned sword I advise you to look twice a day when the temple on the island, and in the evening when there is a night illumination and not so hot.
Stuffed and on display in the temple made of 250 kg of turtles killed during the bombing of Hanoi by the Americans.
Very symbolic, and impressed my children. They are all the time now on the beach sand doing a turtle... ...
admin 8 May, 2016

Good advice. Actually, IMHO, this is one of the best places for an evening stroll in Hanoi, especially if you're staying in the tourist area North of the lake. It is not fussy same streets they walk, it is best to the lake. I always do when I go there. ...
PaZan 25 December, 2016
I advise you to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Very interesting and allows you to get acquainted with their culture and ethnic groups. ...