Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake constitutes the core of Ha Noi. Its other name, Lake of the Restored Sword, was derived from a legend about Emperor Le Thai To, in which a large turtle came towards him while he was boating on the lake. The turtle grabbed his sword that had secured victory against the Minh aggressors and restored it to its place. Emperror Le That To named the lake after this episode.

There are several race relics around Hoan Kiem Lake. To the north is Hoa Phong tower, and King Ly Thai To Statue and his Menorial House; The north-east is Ba Kieu Temple, But Tower (pen-shaped tower), The Huc Bridge connecting with Ngoc Son Temple.

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