Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake which includes a lake or waterhole, heritage architecture and a monument
Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake is a popular meeting spot in Hanoi and the location of one of the city’s most picturesque temples. Just a short walk from the old town, the lake provides a leafy escape from the city crowds and heat. Join the locals for a game of chess, stroll around the lake or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy beneath the trees.

Hồ Hoàn Kiếm means “Lake of the Returned Sword” and the name is derived from an ancient myth. Legend states that the Vietnamese emperor Le Loi returned a sword, which he used to drive the Chinese out of Vietnam, to a magic turtle at this very spot.

In the middle of the lake lies Jade Island and the majestic Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain). Cross the bright red Huc Bridge (Bridge of the Rising Sun) to reach the temple. Peer down into the water and see if you can spot the large soft-shell turtles that inhabit the lake. Unfortunately, due to pollution and destruction of their habitat, the turtles are almost extinct.

Throw down a rug on the grass and relax with a picnic. Hoàn Kiếm Lake is just a short walk from a number of markets and stores selling fresh produce so you can easily pick up supplies. Watch as locals run laps around the lake or join in if you are feeling energetic.

A kiosk serving fresh Vietnamese coffee can be found on the eastern edge of the lake. For something more substantial, you can find restaurants serving local delicacies in the streets of the French Quarter to the south.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake is located between Hanoi’s old town and French Quarter and can easily be reached on foot from most central locations. Bus routes serve the area and some street parking is available. The lake is open daily and is free of charge.

Top 10 Hotels Near Hoan Kiem Lake

Meritel Hanoi
Meritel Hanoi
4.5 out of 5
153 Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 10000
The price is S$124 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Hang Da Market and Train Street are located ...
LeaH Silk Hotel
LeaH Silk Hotel
4 out of 5
41.43 Hang Bong Str, Hoan Kiêm Dist, Hanoi, 10000
The price is S$129 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre and Hang Da ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"Everything you could want in a hotel. Will definitely come back. The staff is wonderful."

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2022

Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
33 Duong Thanh, Hanoi, 100000
The price is S$181 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
A stay that far exceeded my expectations
"The staffs were very helpful and friendly. I was fortunate to meet Ms Thao, a delightful lady that gave me very good recommendations and always available for assistance. The interior of the hotel was a beauty and cleanliness was top notch. The location is strategic and it was very convenient as I ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep,2022

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Splendid Star Grand Hotel & Spa
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4 out of 5
No. 14 Tho Xuong Lane, Au Trieu str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 8443
Meritel Hanoi
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4.5 out of 5
153 Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 10000
LeaH Silk Hotel
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4 out of 5
41.43 Hang Bong Str, Hoan Kiêm Dist, Hanoi, 10000
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
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5 out of 5
33 Duong Thanh, Hanoi, 100000
JM Marvel Hotel & Spa
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4 out of 5
16 Hàng Da Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Oldquater, 100000
L'Hôtel du Lac Hanoi
L'Hôtel du Lac Hanoi
4 out of 5
35 - 37 Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiem, Hanoi, vietnam, 10000
The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi, 10000
Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, 100000
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 10000
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