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Hoan Kiem Lake means Lake of the Returned Sword also known as Hồ Gươm (Sword Lake), is a lake in the center of Hanoi, Vietnam. If you are looking to relax while visiting Hanoi. This is a get place to explore the extremes of your tranquility.

Quiet, simple, and nothing spectacular but exactly what you need to get out of the busy streets of Hanoi. And at night, great view at sunset. When I was there in summer they had night markets and kids are out doing break dancing.

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Turtle Tower in Hanoi at night
Turtle Tower in Hanoi at night

Playing folk music, playing sports, and walking hand in hand. While they hug big animal costume mascots that are incongruously strolling about the place.

With Regards to the legend, in early 1428 the Emperor Lê Lợi was, used his magic sword to fight the Chinese people.

The Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake
The Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

While the emperor was boating along the lake, the Golden Turtle God emerged from the water and asked for the emperor’s magic sword.

The emperor returned his sword to Golden Turtle God after he finished fighting off the Chinese. As a result, the emperor named this lake Hoan Kiem Lake which means Lake of the Returned Sword.

Wrapping Up

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on visiting Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are any more places to visit in Vietnam.

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