Let me write something about Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi again, despite the unpleasant experience I had in Hanoi(burnt my leg from motorbikes, unbelievable traffic there!) I still found good things about the place. Hanoi’s popular attraction is the Hoan Kiem Lake located in the heart of the town. According to Wikipedia: Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, meaning “Lake of the Returned Sword” or “Lake of the Restored Sword”, also known as Hồ Gươm – Sword Lake…that’s where the name came from.
The Tortoise Tower in the middle of the lake has its own myth. Locals believe that there’s a number of giant tortoise living in the lake for years now, although its species endangered they said it appears once in a while and make themselves visible for a very little while. Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi is the popular not only for tourists but for locals chilling out from a day’s work or school.
Jade Island is located near the shore of the lake, it was built in honor of a Vietnamese 13th century military leader, Tran Hung Dao. It is connected by the wooden bridge painted in red from the shore, it is open to public view by the way.