Hoan Kiem Lake


Hoan Kiem Lake, or Turtle Lake, is a serene spot in Hanoi, ideal for unwinding after a long day. Surrounding the Ngoc Son Temple, with its iconic red bridge, it paints a pretty picture. On the northern shore is a small island where the Ngoc Son temple is located. The lake is also trang chủ to an iconic tortoise which is a sacred animal in Hanoi.

Located close to the Old Quarter, the lake is bursting with life early morning & late evening, when people can be seen exercising, casually hanging out, or even practicing tai chi và line dance. Elderly & children alike are seen enjoying themselves, & the lake also has a local legend full of royalty, treasure, and swords. The refreshing surroundings qualify as the best place for morning và evening walks. If you make it early, at around 6 in the morning, you can catch locals practising tai chiby the banks. On Fridays và Saturdays, the nearby traffic is ousted from 7 pm until midnight, giving way to afresher vibe lớn take over the entire lakeside.

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Legend of Hoan Kiem Lake

Legend has it that in early 1428, when one day, Emperor Le Loi was sailing across the lake water in a boat, a Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) rose to lớn the surface of the water. The Turtle God commanded the emperor lớn return the Magic sword- Heaven’s Will to lớn the long God, with which he defeated the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Le Loi followed the command & returned the sword khổng lồ him, the Turtle God then disappeared into the lake water. To lớn commemorate the return of Turtle God to the lake, Le Loi christened it as Hoan Kiem Lake. Today, if you peer down from the Huc Bridge a little, you can see groups of turtles swimming inside.

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The lake covers a total area of 12 hectares where - the north-south length scales up khổng lồ 700 meters và the east-west width upto 200 meters. The lake water is bordered by Dinh Tien Hoang street & Le Thai to lớn street in the east và by Hang Khay street in the south. The Hoan Kiem Lake is also the site of the magnificent Cau The Huc và Thap Rua, two of Hanoi"s most iconic landmarks. Swing by here at night to see the lake take on a completely magical vibe.
Hoan Kiem Lake was formerly known as Luc Thuy Lake which meant Green Lake - after the màu sắc of the lake water. The lake is shrouded in the stories of the past were a legend in the 15th century named Le Loi who said khổng lồ have encountered a God-sent jewelled hilt on a Banyan tree & a sword caught in a fisherman"s net. Since after, he used the magical sword to drive the Minh invaders và freed the civilians. After the victory, he was titled the king of Vietnam under the name Ly bầu To. After almost a year, the king was sailing on a boat in the lake (then named Luc Thuy Lake) when a Golden Turtle God appeared & asked him to lớn return the sword lớn the rồng King (in Vietnamese, Long Vuong). Le Loi returned the sword và to mark this incredible event, he renamed Luc Thuy Lake to lớn Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake).

The Huc Bridge

The scarlet-painted wooden bridge dominates the rippling green lake. It depicts a classical Vietnamese design và is a renowned symbol of Buddhist architecture. Another name for the iconic Huc Bridge is the Rising Sun Bridge. It makes the Ngoc Son Temple on the Jade Island accessible lớn the devotees & travelers by connecting the island to lớn the Lake bank. The locals fondly hotline it “the bridge where light is absorbed” & is considered holy as it connects the sacred Ngoc Son Temple. As you walk over the bridge, you can see the tortoise island & the temple in the distant skyline.The Huc Bridge Over Hoan Kiem Lake (Source)

Turtle Tower

The turtle tower is also known as Thap Rua Tower. It was constructed in the year 1886 in the memory of the local king, Le Loi. In spite of being the most iconic landmark on the Hoan Kiem Lake, the tower is inaccessible to the public so you can only take a glance from the bank or the Huc Bridge.The Turtle Tower at Night (Source)

Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple which translates as the "Temple of the Jade Mountain"was built in the 18th century on Jade Island in the centre of the lake. It was built to lớn mark the bravery of military leader Tran Hung Dao in the battle against the Yuan Dynasty which took place in the 13th century. This centrally located pagoda also pays homage to lớn scholar Van Xuong và Confucian master Nguyen Van Sieu. One has to lớn cross the Huc Bridge lớn reach the temple that is recognized by two distinct towering posts embellished with Chinese writing. Inside the pagoda, there are altars dedicated to Tran Hung Dao.Source

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The central location of the Hoan Kiem Lake makes it within reach of the people living around the city. From Noi Bai Airport, a 40-minute drive can get you here. Hoan Kiem sprawls in Hanoi"s Old Quarter & is quite close to the Temple of Literature.