Hoan kiem lake

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Hoan Kiem Lake (Hồ Hoàn Kiếm) meaning"Lake of the Returned Sword"or"Lake of the Restored Sword"), also known as Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Sword Lake), is a fresh waterlake, measuring some 12 hain the historical center of Hanoi, Vietphái nam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the thành phố and serves as a focal point for its public life.

History


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According lớn the legend, after having defeated the Ming Trung Quốc, in early 1428, Emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God (Kyên Qui) surfaced và asked for his magic sword, Heaven’s Will. King Le Loi concluded that Kyên Qui had come khổng lồ reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King had given Lợi some time earlier lớn defeat Ming China. Later, the Emperor gave sầu the sword back to the turtle after he finished fighting off the Chinese. Emperor Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, from its former name Luc Thuy meaning "Green Water". The Turtle Tower (Tháp Rùa) standing on a small isl& near the centre of lake is linked to the legover. The first name of Hoàn Kiếm lake is Tả Vọng, when the King hadn"t given the Magical Sword baông xã to the Golden Turtle God (Cụ Rùa).

Hoan Kiem Lake Today


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The lake & the temple offer plenty of trees & shaded spots in which to lớn escape the busy city streets. To get there head towards the Old Quarter & the main post office which is located next to the lake. Tickets are purchased at a booth located on the left-h& side before you cross the bridge. The temple opens at 08:00 & closes at 17:00 every day & its best lớn get lớn the lake as early as possible to lớn watch the locals vì their morning yoga và Tai Chi. To get to lớn the temple, walk across the flag-lined bright red Huc Bridge across khổng lồ Jade Islvà.

Every morning at around 6am local residents practise t’ai đưa ra on the shore. Sunphối is a lovely time to lớn explore the lake too, và can make for some sublime photographs as the sun sets.

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The ramshackle Thap Rua, on an islet near the southern over, is often used as an emblem of Hanoi. A number of elegant pagoda-lượt thích stone gateways can be found around the lake, inscribed with Chinese characters, including Hoa Phong Pagodomain authority (Thap Hoa Phong) near the southeast of the lake shore.

You may often bump into small groups of Hanoi university và high-school students out interviewing foreigners khổng lồ practise their English. They are invariably polite, often very interesting khổng lồ talk to and provide an opportunity lớn interact with local youngsters, while they get the chance to lớn improve their language skills (which the Vietnamese are highly ambitious about)!

Ngoc Son Temple


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Ngoc Son Temple was built in the 18th century on Jade Islvà in the centre of the ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ or Hoan Kiem Lake. Legkết thúc describes how an emperor was once given a magical sword which helped hlặng defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty & in doing so saw the return of the Golden Turtle God to lớn the lake.

Today ‘Turtle Tower’ stands cthua thảm lớn the lake in memory of this legend. There are also endangered large soft-shell turtles swimming in the lake, & khổng lồ see one of these gentle giants is considered very auspicious. The name of the temple translates to ‘Temple of the Jade Mountain’ & is predominately dedicated to war anh hùng General Tran Hung Dao who defeated an armed force of 300,000 soldiers sent by Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan in the 13th century lớn invade Vietnam.

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Also inside the pagoda are a large bronze bust and other deities. There are altars dedicated khổng lồ Tran Hung Dao, some ancient artefacts including ceramics and a preserved specimen of a giant turtle found in the lake weighing 250kg.