Hoan Kiem Lake is the first thing to come to people' mind when mentioning Hanoi. Hoan Kiem Lake is regarded as the heart of Hanoi, and this lake has been through a long history with people here. Although Hanoi is a bustling, noisy city, Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi Old Quarter is still a place people go to in order to find out the peace in their mind.
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Take a look at Hoan Kiem Lake
Historically, the lake is part of Red River, the main river as the water supply source of the capital. Through the change in architecture and layout of the capital, the water line is separated, and the lake is formed in two divided lakes, Tả Vọng, and Hữu Vọng lake. In the French invasion, Hữu Vọng lake is blocked, while the other lake remained.
It is not until the 15th century when Tả Vọng lake has the updated name, as Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword Lake) or more common name Hồ Gươm (Sword Lake), with the legend after the victory over the Ming Dynasty intruders.
You would love to know there is no entrance fee for this famous place.
A guide map for tourists
Hoan Kiem lake is an old complex, consists of 5 different architecture
Hoan Kiem Lake or Sword Lake is the ancient site that holds the story and the value of the old time, which is treasured till the modern days. Moreover, the lake is a familiar place for the Hanoian at all ages, coming for activities all the days.
Keep walking around the lake, the first thing you will see is the Turtle tower.
Turtle Tower was built in 1886, and now commemorates Le Loi, a warrior during the Ming invasion time.
It was said that, in the French Colonists time, there was a small replica of Liberty Statue brought from France. However, it was taken away
Another thing that you can easily find is The Huc Bridge.
The Huc Bridge leading to Ngoc Son Temple
is the bridge connecting the temple to the shore and dominated by the bright red color. The redness stands for the cultural belief of luck and happiness of the Vietnamese, also contributes to the name of the bridge, meaning the Morning Sunlight Bridge.
Vietnamese primary students usually describe The Huc in an adorable way which compares it with a shrimp.
Ngoc Son Temple, also known as the Temple of Jade Mountain, located in the Jade Island of the lake. It is now dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, a reputed Vietnamese general in the 13th century, scholar Văn Xương and Nguyễn Văn Siêu, a Confucian master.
The present architecture reflects the Chinese style favored by the Nguyen dynasty at the time. The design of the lake, surrounded by the green water, directs the energy towards the pagoda.
Ngoc Son Temple gate is always the favorite photography spot of tourism
Pen Tower is a ten-meter high stone structure, whose tip resembles a writing brush, standing on the mass of stone, as the mountain, known as the Writing Pad. In the tower written the phase: “Writing in the blue sky”
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Located at the heart of the city, Hoàn Kiếm Lake has been part of the daily life of people who live around the lake and also the Hanoian around the city for decades. Therefore, the lake is always crowded with many people and never seemed to get bored for the chains of activities happened all days.
In the early morning: many people, mostly the old, come to the lake and practice Tai Chi. The youths come here to run around the lake as a morning exercise.
Hoan Kiem Lake every morning
In the afternoon: young students come to Hoan Kiem Lake to hang out and relax, sometimes to make friends with international tourists and introduce with them about Hanoi.
At night: the old often gather at the lake to do some late-night exercise, whereas the young couple often come here to have some date
In the weekends: the road around the lake is blocked from traffic and become a walking street for pedestrians. Many traditional games and live music are performed, promise to be an interesting site for visitors.
Trang Tien Ice Cream is a famous ice cream firm that has been available since 1958 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The reason for ice cream named "Trang Tien" is because ice cream is sold and produced in Trang Tien street, the first time is at the house of 35 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem district.
Trang Tien Ice Cream has become a very popular ice cream brand for Hanoi people and a certain dish must be tried, to the extent that it is often said that if coming to Hanoi but not eating Trang Tien ice cream, it is not considered to have arrived in Hanoi. Here, you not only experience the taste of favorite ice cream of Hanoi people but also an awesome local place to beat the heat in Hanoi.
Ice cream has many different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, cereal, coconut milk, taro, ... But the most famous of them are ice cream and coconut cream. Fragrant cinnamon is crispy, full of milk, but it is not sweet and sweet but it is not so rich and delicious. The sweetness of the ice cream blends with the aroma and crispness of the cinnamon which is the perfect combination.
The price of each ice cream ranges from about 12.000 - 25.000 VND.
"Egg cafe is really a new discovery in the journey to Vietnam. Having been drinking coffee in many places, but the coffee in Hanoi is the most impressive, especially egg coffee", that's what Blogger floats. Jodi Ettenberg once shared on AFAR travel site.
Ranked among the 17 cafes to try while traveling the world at Buzzfeed, Egg Coffee is definitely a drink you can't miss during your trip to Hanoi.
The taste of coffee and the aromatic taste of egg yolk, add sweet creamy flavor, all make the hot and aromatic egg cups that anyone who has tried is unmistakable with any taste. other.
To enjoy an original Egg Coffee, try it at Giang Cafe or Dinh Cafe.
Price for each cup of Egg Coffee in 20.000 - 35.000 VND.
Speaking of the valuable activities that Hanoi pedestrian street brings, it is worth mentioning the experience of ancient folk games such as jumping rope, tug of war, eating umbrellas ...
Every weekend, many young people or cultural clubs often prepare tools and boards ... turning street space into a yard of traditional games. In it, the umbrella eating and jumping rope are two games that attract the most attention.
The young people here are also very enthusiastic and friendly. They will introduce and guide you about the origin, meaning and how to play each game, this is a very good opportunity to learn about Vietnamese folk cultures.
You can't miss this iconic place when traveling to Hanoi. Let's AZ Local Team help you make the most of your time here!
Based on choices of travellers earlier this year