Explore the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake is a beautiful, famous landscape located in the center of the magnificent capital, with the poetic and charming scenery of Hanoi 36 streets. Not only that, Hoan Kiem Lake is also a sacred lake, associated with the legend of Turtle God. From past to present, the sacred beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake has captivated the hearts of many poets, artists’ souls, and made tourists from all over the world admire.

About Hoan Kiem Lake 

Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the landmarks of Hanoi Capital. This is a relic with a history of thousands of years of civilization. Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, is known by foreign tourists as “Flower basket in the heart of the city”. This is not only a place to relax and enjoy the breeze of Hanoians but also a favorite destination of all domestic and foreign tourists.


It can be said that no place in Hanoi is as convenient as Hoan Kiem Lake. Visitors can not only visit and enjoy the scenery on foot, but also explore every nook and cranny around, discover the unique features of the architecture and also the cuisine and lifestyle of people in this area. This is a “meeting point” of both locals and tourists whenever they have the opportunity to return to this bustling city.

Directions to Hoan Kiem Lake 

Hoan Kiem Lake is a very famous place in Hanoi. So choosing a means of transportation is quite easy. You can travel by any means of transport from private cars, taxis or public buses.


There are many bus routes that go through Hoan Kiem Lake, both cost-effective and you can see the streets of Hanoi while sitting on the bus. Some bus routes passing through Hoan Kiem Lake area for your reference are as follows:

  • Bus number 09, 14: Lakeside parking lot stop.
  • Bus number 08, 09, 31, 36: Hanoi Post Office stop.
  • Bus number 09, 31, 36: Stop at Le Thai To intersection, Hang Trong.
  • Bus 36: Stop at 15 Dinh Tien Hoang.
  • Bus number 04, 11, 18, 23, 34, 40: State Bank of Vietnam stop.
  • Bus number 04, 08, 11, 18, 23, 34, 40; Stop at Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace.

Another option for those of you who want to take a sightseeing bus to the streets of the capital is to order a ticket for a double-decker Hanoi bus at Digiticket. This is a new form of sightseeing that is being chosen by many tourists to understand more about the cultural history of the thousand-year-old capital.

Hoan Kiem Lake is the most beautiful season?

Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi is an ideal tourist destination in four seasons all year round, each season has its own beauty. In spring, the lake glows with pink peach blossoms and traditional festivals. Summer with strong winds dispel the sweltering heat.


Autumn comes, the lake becomes romantic in the cold weather and the willow branches hang in the fanciful mist. When the weather turns to winter, this place is splendid again in the rain of yellow leaves, of the drizzling raindrops fluttering poetically. It seems that every season here is enough to attract the souls of tourists from all over the world.

Attractive attractions at Hoan Kiem Lake

In addition to stories and legends, when  introducing Sword Lake  , we must also mention the beautiful scenes and places to visit around the lake. It would be a pity if you came here but you missed the following places:

Magnificent Ngoc Son Temple in the middle of the lake

Ngoc Son Temple has a long history, built in the mid-19th century, on a high mound in the northeast of Hoan Kiem Lake. This is the place to worship Van Xuong and Thanh Hung Dao. Just by looking at it, you know enough that the architecture of the temple is steeped in religious colors. Inside there are many diaphragms, couplets are arranged in a harmonious way, creating ancient and sacred beauty.


The Huc Bridge stands out on Hoan Kiem Lake

This is also a symbol representing the charming beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake. The Huc Bridge consists of a total of 15 spans, designed to bend in the shape of a shrimp, made of wood and painted in crimson color – the color of life and prosperity. With a long history, the bridge also becomes a destination not to be missed by every tourist when visiting Hanoi.

Walking Street 

Although it has only been in operation for more than 2 years, Hoan Kiem Lake walking street has become an ideal place for locals and tourists every weekend. Hanoi travel experience tells you, Hoan Kiem Lake pedestrian street is most crowded around 7pm onwards on Saturdays and Sundays. At this time, the city lights up, the flow of people is crowded with many vibrant cultural and artistic activities and entertainment of young people.


Ly Thai To monument

Moving a bit to the area of ​​Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District , you will be able to see firsthand the statue of Ly Thai To standing in the center of the city – who laid the foundation for Thang Long Imperial Citadel. This is also the place often chosen to hold the Vietnam – Japan cherry blossom festival.


Ancient city of Hanoi

Next to Hoan Kiem Lake is Hanoi’s Old Quarter . Here visitors can visit and admire the ancient streets and traditional craft villages preserved for many generations such as Hang Bong, Hang Ma, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong, Hang Dao, etc. When you arrive at the old town, visitors can admire the hundreds of years old houses and many communal houses, pagodas, assembly halls, etc. You should prepare a full battery of phones and cameras, because there will be many divine shooting angles. give you that job.


Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Established in 1969, after nearly half a century of establishment and development, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is considered a “unique” ideal cultural program. This place is an extremely attractive spiritual specialty, attracting many foreign tourists when coming to Vietnam and those who are interested in learning about the unique traditional culture of the nation.

Thang Long Puppet Theater is always one of the most attractive destinations in Hanoi. This place was established with the hope of being more known to domestic and foreign tourists, helping people discover the rustic beauty and rich symbolic meaning of Vietnam’s water puppetry art.

Delicious food around Hoan Kiem Lake

Around the lake, especially the old town is known as the ‘food paradise’, where foodies can enjoy countless delicious dishes.

Walking around the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake are countless delicious sidewalk dishes that you should not miss. You can enjoy the famous dried beef salad with Hanoi people, the famous Trang Tien ice cream associated with childhood memories or hot cakes, spring rolls and noodle soup… Food along the way is a lot, if you go to it On streets like Hang Thung or Ta Hien, don’t forget to try the salted roasted chicken legs or drink beer and eat spring rolls and fries.


Cakes can enjoy Hang Buom vermicelli, Hang Khay bean vermicelli, boiled snails on Dinh Liet street, vermicelli in Cau Go, Hoan Kiem lake mannequin, Hang Can 4 season tea, Trang Tien ice cream, Thuy Ta ice cream, etc. are very famous restaurants in the old town.

Hoan Kiem Lake is a great destination that you should not miss when coming to Hanoi. Make a plan today to bombard this beautiful, fun place in the heart of the Capital together! You will definitely want to come back here more than once!

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