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 GươmSword 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.

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2 thoughts on “Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

  1. Everyone says they’ve seen it, I mean Hanoians…The old tortoise shell is in the museum(Jade Temple). There was also a sighting that is posted on Yahoo as I’ve heard, but I haven’t seen it yet.

    Though there are some living tortoise there, and they said that a turtle can live over 200 years.

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