Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi city. The lake has many different names such as Sword Lake, Luc Thuy Lake, and Thuy Quan Lake,… Hoan Kiem Lake is a place that attracts tourists because of its peaceful beauty in the heart of the capital. Take a walk among the green trees and learn about the history of Hoan Kiem Lake. Join Origin Travel to walk around Hoan Kiem Lake to explore the surrounding beauty
Tips for visiting Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake has an area of about 12 hectares with a road circumference of about 1.7km. This is an exciting journey for you to discover the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake and places around the lake.
You can visit Hoan Kiem Lake by means such as:
- Motorbike: Flexible vehicle, suitable for you to freely explore Hoan Kiem Lake and surrounding locations.
- Cyclo: This is a great choice for you to see the beauty around the lake.
- Bicycle: You can rent a bicycle and explore the beauty around the lake on your own.
- Electric car: Electric sightseeing car is a new service that many people love. The tram route runs through the old town, landscapes, monuments and the Hoan Kiem Lake area. If you travel in a group, this will be the most convenient and economical means of transportation.
- Walk: If you are healthy, take a walk around the lake and explore the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake. Immerse yourself in the fresh, peaceful atmosphere. This is the best choice to fully experience the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Attractive dishes that you must definitely try when visiting Hoan Kiem Lake
- Noodle soup Cau Go
- Trang Tien ice cream
- Bun Cha Hang Fan
- Dinh Tien Hoang dried beef salad
- Four Seasons Tea No. 4 Hang Can
- Dinh Liet hot snail
- Salted egg coffee
Top places to visit around Hoan Kiem Lake
1. Turtle Tower
Turtle Tower is located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. The tower is rectangular in shape and has French architectural features with 3 floors. This is a work of historical significance and a symbol of Hanoi. Coming to Turtle Tower, you will enjoy the peace and gentleness in the heart of Hanoi.
2. Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple was built in 1841 to worship Van Xuong De Quan: Tran Hung Dao. This place is also the convergence of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Coming here, you can also learn about the inner temple area and the architecture of the Pen Tower – Leaning Tower, The Huc Bridge.
3. Dai Nghien, Thap But
Dai Nghien consists of 3 legs resting on the backs of 3 toads, on the body of the pedestal there is a Mandarin poem with 64 Chinese characters engraved. Meanwhile, the Pen Tower has the shape of a 9-meter-tall brush pen, with the nib pointing vertically toward the sky.
Dai Nghien and Pen Tower were built in 1865. These are two works that symbolize the studious tradition of the Vietnamese people as well as pride in the country’s intelligence and culture.
4. The Huc Bridge
The bridge connecting to Ngoc Son temple is painted red and has a soft curved design like a soft silk strip. This is a place that attracts many tourists to visit. In addition, The Huc Bridge has a special meaning. The bridge was built in the direction of the rising sun with the meaning of welcoming good oxygen and being a place where light condenses. The colors of the bridge represent life, joy and happiness.
5. Ba Kieu Temple
Ba Kieu Temple is located on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. The temple is also known as Thien Tien Dien, the temple has 2 parts: Tam Quan and Temple. This is the place of worship of Princess Lieu Hanh, Que Hoa and Quynh Hoa.
The temple has cultural and spiritual value, attracting many people to visit and learn about beliefs and cultural heritage. Ba Kieu Temple Festival takes place in the third lunar month every year. This is an activity to honor the Goddess Ba Kieu, praying for luck and peace for everyone.
6. Hoa Phong Tower
Hoa Phong Tower is the remaining relic of Bao An Pagoda after it was destroyed by the French government to make electricity. The tower has 3 floors, of which the 1st floor has windows in 4 directions.
7. Thang Long Puppet Theater
Come to Thang Long Puppet Theater to enjoy the Vietnamese folk art of water puppetry. There are 6 performances every day with special performances.
8. Temple of King Le
King Le’s temple is located on the west bank of Hoan Kiem Lake. The temple commemorates King Le Thai To, the first king of the Le dynasty. In the temple grounds, there is a statue of King Le Thai To standing on a high pillar, holding a sword in his hand as if preparing to hand it back to the magical turtle in the lake. This place also has many green trees and pigeons, creating peace for you every time you visit.
9. Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House is more than 120 years old. The theater has neoclassical architecture. The theater is a performance venue for many generations of artists. Come here to visit and enjoy art shows.
10. Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street
Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street is a destination for many tourists at night. Here you can easily find a variety of fashion items, cuisine, and many interesting street activities. Stroll around the walking street, check-in at historical sites, enjoy street food or sip delicious cups of coffee. Hoan Kiem Walking Street only takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
11. Hanoi Old Quarter
When visiting Sword Lake, don’t forget to visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Hanoi Old Quarter with many small streets selling all kinds of items. Coming here, you will enjoy great cuisine and explore the architectural beauty that used to be a bustling trading center in the past. Around the old town there are many shops selling souvenirs. You can choose some souvenirs for your loved ones.
12. Monument of King Ly Thai To
The statue of King Ly Thai To depicts the image of a wise king, wearing a royal hat and holding a decree to move the capital. The statue is made of bronze, cast in one piece. This is a work to commemorate and honor the king who had great contributions in building Thang Long Citadel. In particular, this place is where cultural and artistic activities and important events of the country are regularly organized.
13. Monument of Determined to Brave Death
The death-defying monument is next to Ngoc Son temple and Ba Kieu temple. This monument symbolizes the brave and indomitable spirit of the capital’s army and people in the early days of the resistance war against the French.
A great time to walk around Hoan Kiem Lake Itinerary
The journey starts from Dong Xuan market. First, enjoy breakfast with Hanoi specialties such as: pho, snail vermicelli, vermicelli noodles, vermicelli noodles,… Then walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, admiring the early morning beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake. Visit Thap But, Dai Nghieng, cross The Huc bridge to visit Ngoc Son temple. Continue your journey to Hanoi’s Old Quarter to explore the beauty of the Old Quarter with many goods for sale.
At noon, stop to enjoy Hang Quat vermicelli noodles, Cau Go vermicelli noodles and many other dishes for you to choose from. Enjoy a delicious cup of egg coffee and continue your walking journey to explore Hoan Kiem Lake. Visit King Le temple, Ly Thai To monument, enjoy Trang Tien ice cream, then go to Hanoi Opera House. Don’t forget to go to Thang Long Puppet Theater to watch water puppetry.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at the night market. If you go on Saturday or Sunday night, don’t miss Hoan Kiem Lake walking street. Enjoy Dinh Liet snails and many other delicious dishes. Walk and admire the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake at night. End of 1 day journey.