Hoan Kiem Lake – Tour Guide For Foreigners

Hoan Kiem Lake is a famous place with a long history and a legendary story. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam – a small country in Asia. Hanoi attracts thousands of tourists each year because of the peaceful and friendly landscape.


Turtle towel in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake

Especially, there is a wonderful place attracts tourists and local people alike. With the peaceful atmosphere and gigantic turtles, Hoan Kiem Lake is a place to relax. Moreover, there is a site of an old legend involving an emperor and a magical sword.

The legend of Hoan Kiem Lake

Located in the center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is a lovely, peaceful place with a fascinating history. The historical story shows us that Emperor Le Loi obtained a magical sword from the Dragon King to fight against Chinese oppressors. The sword, as you may have guessed, came from Hoan Kiem lake.


The Huc bridge – the historical red bridge

After the successful battle against the Chinese invaders, Emperor Le Loi visited the beautiful lake. While he was boating, an enormous golden turtle surfaced.
The turtle explained that Emperor Le Loi was sent by his master, the Dragon King, to retrieve the sword from him. He returned the sword to the turtle that swam back beneath the jade waters.
Then he renamed to Hoan Kiem lake or Guom lake. It means that “Lake of the Returned Sword” to commemorate the spectacular event.


The view of a corner from Hoan Kiem lake coast

The secret of Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake

Turtle Tower lies on an island in the middle of the lake. After the gigantic turtle reclaimed the sword for its master, turtles began to be revered. There was one turtle living in the water that was thought to be the incarnation of the mythical turtle that Le Loi met in 1428. We named “Cu Rua”.
Sadly, she was discovered dead in early 2016 and the entire country mourned her death. She was embalmed and put on display at Vietnam’s National Museum of Natural History. Hoan Kiem lake remains a very popular place for locals and tourists.

The daily life of Hanoian people and a wonderful place for tourist

People often gather here to exercise in the morning and relax after a hard working day. Hoan Kiem Lake is a perfect place to sit and observe the Hanoian life. The site is a source of pride for those living in the city, and once you pay for this beautiful place to visit.

People come here after a hard working day to relax and do exercise

Hoan Kiem Lake is centrally located in Hanoi and is only minutes away from the Old Quarter, close to hotels and restaurants. Take Yen Phu Road to reach the Old Quarter and head east to Hoan Kiem Lake to see the special place where an ancient emperor once received a magical sword from the Dragon King.

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