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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake (also known as Ho Guom) is the heart of Hanoi. This is not only a place to let their souls take a walk and enjoy it, but also associated with the people of the capital in many aspects of cultural history as well as going into poetry.

Hoan Kiem lake

If you have visited Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is a place that you definitely cannot ignore. The following article Origin Travel will provide you with the most detailed information about Hoan Kiem Lake as well as dining and entertainment places near the lake.

How Hoan Kiem Lake is unique?

Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi is loved not only because space is imbued with cultural and historical imprint, the harmony between nature, architecture. But people here also makes that space special, attractive.

Hoan Kiem Lake is the ideal meeting place for four seasons: Lush in peaches and traditional festivals in the spring. The wind blows away the hot summer heat. Infatuated with willow branches in the fanciful mist of autumn; splendid in the rain of golden leaves and the drizzling drizzle of winter.

Top things to do in Hoan Kiem Lake?

Different from the noisy and bustling atmosphere of the centre of the capital. Hoan Kiem Lake appears with a peaceful and serene atmosphere like the “soul” of Hanoi. The flat surface of the lake is green all year round, creating a very beautiful beauty for the lake.

Coming here, visitors can easily see very peaceful images like the old people doing exercise together, the boy playing by the ball …

When visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, people often visit the following places:

1: Ngoc Son Temple:

Ngoc Som temple in Hoan Kiem lake

Located in the north of the lake, formerly known as Statue of Turkey (elephant ear). King Ly Thai To named Ngoc Tuong when he moved the capital to Thang Long and in the Tran dynasty, the island was renamed, Ngoc Son. A philanthropist named Tin Trai founded Ngoc Son temple on the old Thuy Khanh palace (burned by Le Chieu Thong in 1787 to take revenge on the Trinh lords). Ngoc Son Temple worships the god Van Xuong, the star of the election literature editor and worships Tran Hung Dao.

2: The Huc Bridge:

The Huc bridge

Along with Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge is a symbol of the charm of Hoan Kiem lake in general of Hanoi. With unique architecture and many cultural values, long history. The Huc Bridge has become an indispensable destination for every tourist tours in Hanoi Vietnam.

At the beginning. The Huc Bridge has a curved shape shrimp, made of very rudimentary wood and red paint – the color of life. Specially prosperity Legend has it that at the end of the 19th century the bridge was broken and rebuilt with foot made of reinforced cement, flooring, wooden balustrade and retaining its characteristic red color.

3: Flower garden, Ly Thai To statue:

Ly Thai To statue

King Ly Thai To statue is located in Ly Thai To flower garden, Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem district, the capital of Hanoi. This work was built to commemorate and honor King Ly Thai To, who laid the foundations for the construction of Thang Long citadel.

Not only is the architectural value of history, flower gardens and monuments Ly Thai To. It is also a favorite destination for locals as well as tourists in the late afternoon.

After visiting the monuments in Ngoc Son temple, visitors can walk here to see the peaceful life of the capital, to feel a very different Hanoi than the image of crowded, Common hardships.

4: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater:

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

This is one of the traditional puppet theater still in operation today and always brings to the audience the colorful performances of traditional arts.

5: Hoan Kiem Walking Stree:

Hoan Kiem Walking Street

Although it has only been officially opened for more than a year. But the walking street around Hoan Kiem Lake has become an ideal destination for many of the capital’s residents as well as visitors to Hanoi.

6. Turtle Tower

located in the centre of the lake. Built between 1884 and Apri 1886, on Turtle mound and influenced by French architecture. Rectangular tower. First floor: 6.28 meters in length (east and west), each side has 3 doors. Width 4.54 meters, each side has 2 doors. The doors are all rolled, the top is tapered. Second floor: 4.8 meters in length, 3.64 meters in width and has the same architecture as the first floor. Third floor: length 2.97 meters, width 1.9 meters. This floor only opens a circular door on the east side, 0.68 meters in diameter, above the door there are 3 words Quy Son Thap (Nui Rua tower). The top floor looks like a gazebo, square, 2 meters on each side.

7. But Tower

Located on the shore in the northeast direction of the lake, built-in 1865, consists of seven floors. On the top is a symbol of a pen facing the sky, the body has three words Ta Thanh Thien (written on the blue sky), the third floor of the tower has an engraved Pen Thap Chi article.

8. Dai Nghieng

Situated on the northeastern shore of the lake, built-in 1865, is an indispensable part of the Pen Tower. Three pedestal legs are the image of three toads On the body of the study engraved a Ming article, including 64 Chinese characters

When is the best time to visit Hoan Kiem Lake?

The weather in Hanoi has four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. But the ideal time to travel to Hoan Kiem Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) is from September to November or from March to early April. This is the time of changing seasons, so the weather is warm, pleasant. Dry not hot like summer.

However, October is the best time to travel. The weather is cool, romantic during the day, morning and evening cold because of the northeast monsoon.

How to go there?

There are many ways to move to Hoan Kiem Lake, you can choose to travel by private transport or public transport.

Public bus

Many bus routes are passing through Hoan Kiem Lake. This is also an appropriate and economical means of transportation for those who are far from the centre of the old town.

  • Lakeside parking lots: vehicles 09, 14
  • Hanoi Post Office stops: cars 08, 09, 31, 36
  • Le Thai To, Hang Trong 3-way intersection: there are cars 09, 31, 36
  • Stop number 15 Dinh Tien Hoang: car 36
  • State bank stops in Vietnam: vehicles 04, 11, 18, 23, 34, 40
  • The stop of Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace: there are cars 04, 08, 11, 18, 23, 40


If you take a taxi, you can choose reputable taxi companies such as Mai Linh, Taxi Group, …

Recommended accommodation

  • Panuka House & Cafe Bistro
  • The Oriental Jade Hotel
  • Apricot Hotel
  • Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hà Nội
  • Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA

What to eat?

Besides the above tourist attractions, around Hoan Kiem Lake, especially the old town is known as the culinary paradise, a great place for food lovers.

Alley to Dong Xuan market

This is a familiar address as well as attractive to many tourists. Come here, visitors will enjoy delicious famous dishes such as vermicelli cha, vermicelli ngan, different sweet-soup types of tea,… with prices at affordable prices ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 VND.

Hang Buom noodle soup

  • Address: 43 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hang Khay bean noodle soup

  • Address: Lane 31, Hang Khay Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Boiled snail on Dinh Liet street

  • Address: No. 1 Dinh Liet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Vermicelli with fungus

  • Address: 48 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Ho Hoan Kiem mannequin

  • Address: 23 Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Tea season 4 Hang Can

  • Address: No. 4 Hang Can, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Dinh Cafe

  • Address: 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hopefully, the above information of Origin Vietnam will help you have an interesting and memorable Hanoi tour of Hoan Kiem Lake.

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