Stroll around the romantic lakeside, explore the ancient temple and watch the people of the old town prepare for a new day or rest under the shade of the old trees.
Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most famous sights of Hanoi and has the most poetic temples and pagodas in the capital. Just a short walk from the old town, the lake is a peaceful green space in the heart of the crowded and bustling capital. Here, visitors can play chess with the locals, walk around the lake or relax under the trees.
The name Hoan Kiem Lake, commonly known as Sword Lake, is named after the legend that Le Loi returned the precious sword to the god Kim Quy after fighting foreign invaders.
In the middle of the lake is Ngoc Son Island and Ngoc Son Temple with majestic appearance. Connecting between the lakeshore and the island is the crimson The Huc Bridge. If you’re lucky, when you cross the bridge, you can also see the sight of an old turtle basking in the sun. According to researchers, this is an endemic tortoise found only in Hoan Kiem Lake.
Bring a mat and have a picnic in the shade by the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is just a few minutes’ walk from markets and many food stalls. Or take a break to watch the locals exercise, jog around the lake or join them.
Visitors can easily find sidewalk cafes around the lake. Or walk to the Old Quarter to enjoy Hanoi specialties at beautiful small restaurants.
Hoan Kiem Lake is located near the old quarter of Hanoi and from the lake visitors can walk to many other famous sights and attractions of the capital. There are bus routes and several streets that allow parking around the lake. There is no fee to visit the lake.