Hoan Kiem Lake – Ngoc Son Temple are the top natural attractions when referring to the beauty of Hanoi, beside Temple of Literature, the leading cultural and historical relics in Ha Noi, one of the most beautiful destinations representing the unique culture and harmonizing people in here.
Historically, the lake named Luc Thuy Lake (because the water is blue all year round), Thuy Quan Lake (used to navigate the sea) … In the 15th century, the lake was renamed Hoan Kiem lake, attached with the legend of the sword returned to the Golden Tortoise. When Le Loi ascended the Emperor took the name of Le Thai To on the capital in Thang Long. At one time the king went fishing on Luc Thuy Lake, suddenly a large turtle appeared. Le Thai To raised his sword, the sword flew toward the tortoise. Turtles swarm down to the bottom of the lake, and from then on Luc Thuy lake was being called new Hoan Kiem Lake (sword) or Sword Lake ….
Turtle Tower presences as the cultural symbol of Vietnam at the center of Hoan Kiem Lake, marks the place where Kim Quy Goddess showed up to retrieve the sword of Le Loi. Turtle Sword Lake on the sunny days are still occasionally floating on the hill. Remarkably, the tower combines European architectural style with gothic doors of Vietnam. On the second floor, the curved roofs strictly follow the rules of Vietnamese architecture, being the sacred symbol of Hanoi Capital for thousand years.
Besides, around Hoan Kiem lake, there are many other famous citizens that made of its ancient values, namely: The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple, Pen Tower, Kieu Temple, Le King Temple Thai Phong, Hoa Phong Tower … .. In addition, tourists also have the opportunity to enjoy and breathe the fresh air because around the lake is a green space like a large mirror reflecting the old trees, the luxuriant willows, the temple roofs, the ancient tower, the old tower moss, the new high rise buildings green…. Specifically, they not only possibly bring a lot of beautiful souvenirs but also gain lots of unforgettable memories about beautiful and peaceful scenes of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Hoan Kiem Lake today wears breath of an ancient Hanoi but gentle and peaceful area in the busy air of the capital. Let come and walk around Hoan Kiem Lake to find your peace and love of your life!