Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, VietnamMore information
As beautiful as a bouquet in the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is surrounded by the streets of Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Thai To, Hang Khai. Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, is a natural freshwater lake in Hanoi. The surface area is a large mirror reflecting the shade of ancient trees, the flowing hair weeping willow trees, the roofs of ancient temples and pagodas, moss old tower...
Formerly known as Luc Thuy lake (for water is green all year round), Marine Corps lake (where marine infantry review), Ta Vong and Huu Vong lake (in the degenerated Le dynasty). The name Hoan Kiem Lake appeared in the early 15th century, associated with the legend of King Le Thai To returned the precious sword to the turtle god. Lake Name was named for a district of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem District. This is also the only water lake of center Hoan Kiem district in Hanoi capital.
The historical monuments such as the Turtle Tower, Ngoc Son Temple, Radio Research, Pen Tower, Ba Kieu Temple, Ba Da pagoda, King Ly Thai To monument... with new buildings which have been built ensure the harmonious landscape for the lake. Especially at locations near the lake, there are no high-rise buildings, so it creates sweeping views of the entire lake and green area.
There are two floating islands in the lake. Jade Island is the largest island in the north of lake, near the east coast, with the red curved The Huc Bridge connecting the island. Turtle Island is smaller, with an ancient tower above, in the south of lake, shimmering between the water shadows. Hoan Kiem Lake is the convergence, rendezvous of visitors all four seasons:
Spring is charming with traditional festivals and brilliant peach blossom color.
Summer spills out the windswept bouts, dispels the sultry of streets with tingle sound of cicadas.
Autumn is romantic with the magical fog, willow shape as real as vague.
Winter is carpet of leaves, fluttered or moved of drizzling rain bringing cold air.