Hoan Kiem Lake Tavel Guide
Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning “Lake of the Returned Sword” or “Lake of the Restored Sword”, is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life, every morning at around 6am local residents practise traditional t’ai chi on the shore. Legend claims in the mid-15th century Heaven sent Emperor Le Thai To a magical sword which he used to drive the Chinese from Vietnam. After the war a giant golden turtle grabbed the sword and disappeared into the depths to restore the sword to its divine owners, inspiring the name Hoan Kiem Lake(Lake of the Restored Sword). The Turtle Tower standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend. Near the northern shore of the lake lies Jade Island on which the Temple of the Jade Mountain stands, the temple was erected in the 18th century, it honors the 13th-century military leader Tran Hung Dao. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted The Huc Bridge. Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter.