Hoan Kiem Lake


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Hoan Kiem Lake means the lake of returned sword, also known as “Sword Lake”. It is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life.

According to the legend, emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God surfaced and asked for his magic sword.  Emperor Le Loi returned the magic sword to Golden Turtle and then Golden Turtle disappear. That sword helped Le Loi defeat Minh invader and became the King of Le dynasty.

Related relics:

Turtle Tower: The tower was erected on the Turtle islet, the former fishing site under king Le Thanh Tong.

The Huc Brigde: leading to Ngoc Son Temple Gate and was  proposed to build in 1865by  Nguyen Van Sieu a Confucian master and famous writer. Its name means where the sun light beans comes together in every morning ( Morning Sunlight Bridge).


Pen Tower: on the east bank of the lake, was built in 1865, consists of seven floors. On the top is a symbol of a pen for up to heaven, the body engraved with three letters Ta Thanh Thien (written on the sky).

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