Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi is the most popular destination when visiting Vietnam's capital city. Not just for the amazing scenery but also you can learn a lot of interesting things to do here. You can have some references from the list below.

Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi, also known as Guom lake, is located right in the center of Vietnam's capital city, and surrounded by 3 streets, Hang Khau - Le Thai To - Dinh Tien Hoang.

Due to the location of the central, this lake is also considered to be the connecting point of the Old Quarter between the streets like Hang ao, Hang Ngang, Cau Go,.. and the West books of the Church, Trang Thi, Trang Tien, Hang Khay, Hang Bai,.. so Hoan Kiem lake attracts many tourists to visit due to the convenient location

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

The surrounding of the lake

Hoan Kiem lake has been around for a long time, about a thousand years ago. The lake used to be named Luc Thuy (Emerald water) because of the color of the lake. And then, with the myth of the Grand Turtle giving the King a sword to fight the enemy, the lake has the name Hoan Kiem (Return the Sword). The tower in the middle of the lake is actually honoring the turtle that still lived in the lake.

And if you want to stay close to the center, there are many hotels, homestay with affordable price around the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem lake. You can easily check them out on the website.

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Where to visit in Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi?

Ngoc Son temple

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Outside Ngoc Son temple

Ngoc Son temple is on a small islet on the North side of Hoan Kiem lake, you can go there on The Huc bridge, painted in red. And when you reach the temple you can have a full glance of the lake, taking pictures and get to know the history of the temple and many folk stories, historic stories involving Ngoc Son temple.

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Inside the shrine

The structure of Ngoc Son temple is pretty unique. The main shrine included 2 houses joined together. The first shrines in the North worship King Tran Hung Dao and Emperor Duc Van Xuong. There are 2 sculptures made of stones on the back of the shrines. The South has Tran Ba Pavilion. The Pavilion has eight rooftop, and eight pillars. If you set foot here, you will immediately get the sacred and peaceful atmosphere. With the complemented view of the lake, the place seems more poetic and holy. 

The Huc bridge

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

The stand out structure of the bridge

The Huc bridge in Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi is a famous destination to visit. The bridge leads straight to Ngoc Son temple, under the large tree’s shadow, surrounded by many pot plants. The bride’s name The Huc (where the light is at sunset), was built in 1895. The bridge is just made of wood and painted entirely in bright red color. The bridge used to be broken, so it has a new structure that bend, shaped like a shrimp. Due to this unique feature, visitors love to take pictures on the bridge with the view of the whole Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple.

Ly Thai To Park and Monument

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

People usually gather around the park

Ly Thai To Monument is placed in the same name park, on Dinh Tien Hoang streets, alongside Hoan Kiem lake. The monument was built to honor King Ly Thai To, who founded Thang Long Imperial, Hanoi nowadays. This is a majestic, cultural symbolic architecture construct in the community.

The Park is also a public place for hosting many meetings, liveshow, events in and out of Vietnam. And on the weekend, where Dinh Tien Hoang is a pedestrian street, this is a gathering place for young people anticipating many events.

Enjoy the street food in the Old Quarter

One of the significant things that make Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi a place to visit, is the variety of street foods culinary. You can absolutely pick one vendor and the food is top the chart. Below are a few suggested places.

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Pigeon salad in Cau Go street

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Banh trang in Hang Trong

Must visited location - Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi

Thuy Ta ice cream

Dong Xuan market

Dong Xuan market

Dong Xuan market

Just 1 kilometers away from Hoan Kiem lake, Dong Xuan market not just for shopping but also for the food. You can find many types of Vietnamese street food such as: noodle, pho, banh mi, porridge, sweet soup, with a reasonable price.

No matter how long you stay, Hoan Kiem lake Hanoi is definitely a place that you have to come back at least twice. Not only the history that attracts you, all other aspects like shopping, eating,...Is worth visiting again.

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