West Lake Ho Tay

West Lake and Truc Bach Lake are an attractive part of the city. The two lakes are separated by Thanh Nien Road, which is almost one kilometer long. It is bordered by rows of willow and bang lang trees and is a favourite of young lovers.

West Lake, also called Ho Tay, is the biggest lake in Ha Noi. Covering an area of 500ha in Tay Ho District, West Lake was created when the Red (Hong) River overflowed.

West Lake was once a resort for mandarins and kings. Many palaces, including Thuy Hoa Palace, Ham Nguyen Sanctuary, Tu Hoa Palace, Kim Lien Pagoda, and Ngoc Dam Palace were built on the banks of the lake. The 17 km path around the lake leads to Nghi Tam Flower Village, Nhat Tan Peach Garden, Kim Lien Pagoda and Tay Ho Temple, built in honour of Princess Lieu. Today, many hotels of all sizes can be found around the lake.

West Lake is a very popular recreational place for the Hanoians who come to enjoy typical dishes such as Ho Tay shrimp cakes, Ho Tay snail noodles and Ho Tay fish.

Truc Bach Lake

Truc Bach Lake is separated from west Lake by Thanh Nien Road. In the 18th century, Lord Trinh Giang built a resort palace near the lake, called Truc Lam Institute. Later on, this institute became a place for banishing guilty ladies-in-waiting, who then had to weave silk cloth to support themselves. Their silk was very beautiful and famous all over the capital. The village was named Truc Silk Village, which is why the lake was called Truc Bach Lake.

Along the lake, there are also many ancient monuments: Quan Thanh Temple is in the south-west, Chau Long Pagoda is in the east and Cau Nhi temple is in a small island in the northern corner of the lake.

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