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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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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.
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Reviewed today via mobile

A little stop off for a very cheap ticket (approx £1 / $1.35) Does not take long to look around but worth having a look and at the bonsai trees. At the time we visited looks like it was undergoing renovation works

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Reviewed yesterday

Has a good open space, couple of nice places to eat out and of course shopping. Highly recomend this place.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spent a Sunday evening here. Lot of performances and good crowd. Good place to spend time with family especially children

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Reviewed yesterday

Generally speaking - during day time it is quite boring place, but in the evening it changes a lot. Taking photo is also nice as pagoda and other places has illumination. There is long pedestrian walkway on the lake band and a lot of activities...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The lake is not that big but a lot of people come there to sit around, play, talk, relax and do some shopping around or just have coffee with plenty of restaurants and activities to do. The place is very famous for the Red painted...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went to Hoan Kiem Lake in early Saturday morning, the streets around the lake was made to walking street during the weekend, there are some people doing morning exercise. It was very calm and cozy, nice lake view.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really nice lake and an enjoyable walk. Activities in the evening and morning so if you’re in the area definitely go for a wander. Especially during the heat of Hanoi summer, take a seat under the shade of the trees with a cold drink for...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our 4 days in Hanoi always brings us back to Hoan Kiem Lake wherever we come back into town. A good central meeting place if ever one gets lost. It's easy to locate prominent. The pagoda and Huc bridge can be found here plus most...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Hoan Kiem Lake is located in between the capital Hanoi. The lake is situated in a district with key ancient town. The lake had a celebrated god blade pays for Golden Turtle. The lake abounds with beauty-spot

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

World revolves around this lake for Hanioans and Tourists. It was very hot on first evening we arrived, barely we could walk and had to find shade and sit, nice benches around. Lot of people walking and jogging, laughter clubs and dance aerobics with loud...More

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Charlene Gael A
28 August 2017|
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Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
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Charlene Gael A
28 August 2017|
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Response from Pepijn A | Reviewed this property |
the locals get up pretty early to do their exercises. If you go there around 4 a.m/5am. you will already see people running and old ladies exercising
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forbes715
14 June 2017|
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Response from BobKL | Reviewed this property |
I live in Hanoi and, although of course you have to use normal common sense in protecting your valuables, this is probably one of the safest cities in Asia. And the Hoan Kiem Lake at night is beautiful. Would recommend... More
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