Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple

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There aren’t many places to escape the bombardment of motorbike horns in Hanoi, but Hoan Kiem Lake provides some tranquillity. Ho Hoan Kiem means Lake of the Restored Sword because legend suggests that Emperor Ly Thai was sent a magic sword from heaven to drive the Chinese away from Vietnam. After the impending war between the Chinese and Vietnamese, a giant golden turtle took the sword and submerged itself in the lake’s waters. Local traffic is banned between 7PM and midnight to ensure that ever so sort after tranquillity. At the lake you can visit the famous Thap Rua Tower, also known as Turtle Tower, built in homage to the sword yielding turtle. Also be sure to walk across Huc Red bridge, which is illuminated at night. It leads to the quaint Ngoc Son Temple or the ‘Jade Mountain Temple’, that sits on a tiny island. Hoan Kiem Lake is located just a short 5 minute ride south of Old Quarter, a perfect place for a spot of lunch and a lakeside stroll.
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  • Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
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