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Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple

Hoan Kiem Lake is a top natural beauty spot in Hanoi, attracting millions of tourists each year

In the center of the city, an area of ​​about 12ha, surrounded by streets of Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Thai To, Hang Khay is about 1,800m long. The surface of the water is a large mirror reflecting the ancient trees, the willow trees, mossy old towers, new high-rise buildings rising to the blue sky. The lake is a vestige of a Nhi Ha river ( Hong River), it used to be called Ho Luc Thuy because the water is green all year round. In the 15th century, the lake was renamed Hoan Kiem Lake, associated with the legend of returning the magic sword to the Golden Turtle. After defeating the Ming invaders, Le Loi ascended the throne to reign, taking the era name as Le Thai To and Thang Long was chosen as the capital. Once the king sailed on Luc Thuy Lake when he suddenly appeared a big turtle. Le Thai To raised his sword, the sword flew towards the turtle. The turtle kept the sword and dived to the bottom of the lake. After that Luc Thuy Lake got the new name as Hoan Kiem Lake (return the sword) or the Sword Lake.

Whenever talking about Hoan Kiem Lake, we will immediately remember impressive architectural works such as But Tower, Nghien Tower, Turtle Tower, The Huc Bridge, and especially Ngoc Son Temple.

Ngoc Son Temple is located in the center of the beautiful Ngoc Island, the only fault leading to the temple is The Huc Bridge with the classic red color typical of Vietnam. This is the place to worship Saint Tran Hung Dao and Quan Vu De and the two martial generals are classified as “Saints” in Vietnamese religious culture. Visitors will admire the ancient Vietnamese architecture in the patterns and antiques in the temple

Situated on a small island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, Turtle Tower is a special highlight of the fascinating poetic scenery of Hoan Kiem Lake. Construction began in the 18th century, and until the 19th century, the Turtle Tower was completed and today the Turtle Tower has become a symbol of peace in Hanoi. Turtle Tower and Hoan Kiem Lake with legends of great significance to Vietnamese history, bearing the message of support for the struggles to defend the Fatherland: The righteous will win. Many people and tourists were fortunate to witness the appearance of the Old Turtle at Hoan Kiem Lake.

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