Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake (Return Sword Lake) is the heart of Hanoi. This is not only a place for people to go wandering, cool. But also attached to the people of the capital in many aspects of cultural history as well as going into poetry.

Hoan Kiem lake

If you have visited Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is a place that you definitely cannot miss. The following article Origin Vietnam will provide you with the most detailed information about Hoan Kiem Lake as well as places to eat and drink near the lake.

I. Introduction to Hoan Kiem Lake / Sword Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of the capital. It's surrounded by three streets Hang Khay - Le Thai To - Dinh Tien Hoang. In the past, there were some other names. Such as Luc Thuy Lake (Green Lake) or Thuy Quan Lake. Because the lake used to be a place for training combat troops. By the fifteenth century, the lake was renamed to Hoan Kiem Lake (paying the sword), attached to the treasure of paying the sword for the golden turtle of King Le Thai To.

Hoan Kiem Lake is a gathering place, an ideal place for four seasons: Brilliant in peach colors and traditional festivals in the spring; chanting the winds that dispel the heat of the summer; passionate with drooping willows in the misty mist of autumn; splendid in the rain of yellow leaves and the drizzling drizzles of winter.

II. How to move to Hoan Kiem Lake / Sword Lake?

To move to Hoan Kiem Lake there are many ways. You can choose to travel by private means or public transport.

Public bus

There are many bus routes going through Hoan Kiem Lake, which are also suitable and economical means for those who are far from the center of the old town.

  • Parking stop at the lake: there are cars 09, 14
  • Hanoi Post Office stop: there are cars 08, 09, 31, 36
  • Stop at Le Thai To and Hang Trong intersections: there are cars 09, 31, 36
  • Stop at No. 15 Dinh Tien Hoang: there are cars 36
  • Vietnam State Bank Stop: there are cars 04, 11, 18, 23, 34, 40
  • Stop for children in Hanoi: there are cars 04, 08, 11, 18, 23, 40


If you take a taxi, you can choose reputable taxi firms such as Mai Linh, Taxi group, or if you want cheaper, you can go to Thanh Nga, Ba Sao, Thanh Cong ...

III. Sightseeing around Hoan Kiem Lake / Sword Lake

To experience the most complete tour around Hoan Kiem Lake, you can use some of the following vehicles:

Motorbike:It is a compact vehicle, very suitable for individual or group travelers who want to explore Hoan Kiem lake area by themselves. There are many motorbike rental locations in Hanoi to choose from.

Cyclo:Strolling by cyclo is a great suggestion to help visitors relax watching the surrounding landscape. However, in order to avoid tightness, you should choose the reputable and reputable firms as well as negotiate with the driver about the price.

1: Ngoc Son Temple:

Ngoc Som temple in Hoan Kiem lake

Ngoc Son temple is one of the destinations not to be missed when visiting Hanoi. Situated on an island north of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple is connected to the shore by the bright red The Huc Bridge.

To Ngoc Son Temple, visitors not only admire the magnificent architectural works in the traces of nostalgic time, watch the panoramic Hoan Kiem lake. But also have the opportunity to learn about the culture as well as Little known story associated with the history of the temple.

2: The Huc Bridge:

The Huc bridge

Along with Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge is a symbol of the charm of Hoan Kiem lake in general of Hanoi. With unique architecture and many cultural values, long history. The Huc Bridge has become an indispensable destination for every tourist tours in Hanoi Vietnam.

At the beginning. The Huc Bridge has a curved shape shrimp, made of very rudimentary wood and red paint - the color of life. Specially prosperity Legend has it that at the end of the 19th century the bridge was broken and rebuilt with foot made of reinforced cement, flooring, wooden balustrade and retaining its characteristic red color.

3: Flower garden, Ly Thai To statue:

Ly Thai To statue

King Ly Thai To statue is located in Ly Thai To flower garden, Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem district, the capital of Hanoi. This work was built to commemorate and honor King Ly Thai To, who laid the foundations for the construction of Thang Long citadel.

Not only is the architectural value of history, flower gardens and monuments Ly Thai To. It is also a favorite destination for locals as well as tourists in the late afternoon.

After visiting the monuments in Ngoc Son temple, visitors can walk here to see the peaceful life of the capital, to feel a very different Hanoi than the image of crowded, Common hardships.

4: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater:

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

This is one of the traditional puppet theater still in operation today and always brings to the audience the colorful performances of traditional arts.

5: Hoan Kiem Walking Stree:

Hoan Kiem Walking Street

Although it has only been officially opened for more than a year. But the walking street around Hoan Kiem Lake has become an ideal destination for many of the capital's residents as well as visitors to Hanoi.

V. What to eat around Hoan Kiem Lake / Sword Lake?

Besides the tourist attractions above, around Hoan Kiem Lake. Especially the old town is known as the culinary paradise, a great place for the gluttonous believers.

Dong Xuan market alley

This is a familiar and attractive address for many tourists. Here, visitors will enjoy delicious dishes. Such as bun cha, bun ngan and various kinds of tea ... with affordable prices ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 VND.

Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Bac, Hang Duong, Dong Xuan markets ... are some reputable and quality addresses for you to enjoy shopping. According to the experience of many people, you should go shopping in the afternoon. Because the shops here abstain from customers coming in the morning to ask for things but do not buy anything.

Hopefully, the above information of Origin Vietnam will help you have an interesting and memorable tour of Hoan Kiem Lake.

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