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Hoàn Kiếm Lake - Things to Know Before Visiting

Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

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About Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake means "Lake of the Returned Sword". According to the legend, after defeating the Ming China in early 1428, Emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God surfaced and asked for his magic sword. Lợi concluded that the turtle god had come to reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King had given to Lợi. The Emperor later gave the sword back to the turtle after he finished fighting off the Chinese.

Attractions Near Hoàn Kiếm Lake

St. Joseph's Cathedral
St. Joseph's Cathedral0.35km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Late 19th-century Neo-Gothic style church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country. Construction of the church began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.

Vietnamese Women's Museum
Vietnamese Women's Museum0.57km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Materials, photos and objects displayed in the permanent exhibition show the role the Vietnamese women played in history and currently play in arts and in family life. The museum also organizes thematic exhibitions to show changes and development of the contemporary society.

Hoa Lo Prison Relic
Hoa Lo Prison Relic0.71km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. The prison was demolished during the 1990s, although the gatehouse remains as a museum.

Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House0.77km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Opera House erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911, it was modeled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses. After the departure of the French, the opera house became the scene for several political events as well as the scene of street fighting during the fight for Hanoi.

National Historical Museum
National Historical Museum0.78km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake

The museum highlights Vietnam's prehistory (about 300,000–400,000 years ago) up to the August 1945 Revolution. It has over 200,000 exhibits displayed, arranged in five major sections. The museum building was an archaeological research institution of the French School of the Far East under French colonial rule of 1910.

Hanoi Train Street
Hanoi Train Street0.86km from Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Active railway tracks going through resedential buildings and shops. Note that this area is closed for visitors due to safety concerns you can visit it only if you know someone who lives in the area and bring you along.

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Capital and second largest city of Vietnam.