Top 5 famous lakes in Hanoi you should visit
Hanoi, one of the most attractive tourist cities in Vietnam, is not only known with the 36 bustling ancient streets and historical attractions but also famous for its green lakes. They are picturesque in its own distinctive ways, and each has its own historical significance, which has inspired many poets, photographers and writers through time. Now, let’s take a look at these 5 charming destinations with Whatsup Vietnam.
1. HOAN KIEM LAKE
Hoan Kiem Lake can be considered as one of the best-known symbols of Hanoi. Located right in the heart of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is obviously a tourist destination that you should not miss when come to Hanoi. The lake is also known as Sword Lake. The name of Hoan Kiem Lake originates from an ancient legend. According to the legend, the Golden Turtle God who resided in the lake is returned a magic sword by the emperor Le Loi.
Nowadays, in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, there is a small pagoda known as Turtle Tower in honor of the return of the sword. Near the northern Hoan Kiem is Jade Island where there is Ngoc Son Temple. Tourists can come to this temple by crossing a red wooden bridge named The Huc. To enter the Ngoc Son Temple, you must get a ticket from the post office in the old quarters of Hanoi. Tickets to the temple cost VND 30,000.
Hoan Kiem Lake is surrounded by walking street, so a lot of tourists come here at the weekends. Many interesting activities are held here. Just come and join.
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2. WEST LAKE
Located in the northwest of central Hanoi, West Lake is always busy and crowded because not only locals but both domestic and foreign tourists come here. Especially, Hanoi in autumn is very beautiful and poetic here. This lake is also a popular place for recreation boating and fishing.
You can dine on the floating restaurants or hire a boat for a leisurely sail through the calm lake water. Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple are some of the must-visit sites nearby.
3. TRUC BACH LAKE
Truc Bach Lake in Ba Dinh District was originally a part of West Lake but located in the southeast of the city. Thanh Nien Street divides Truc Bach Lake from West Lake, which is the largest lake in the city. Truc Bach Lake is magnificent with the crystal clear water.
In the close proximity to the lake, you can pay a visit to the ancient pagoda and statue of Amida, the Quan Thanh temple or the Chau Long pagoda. You can also visit and enjoy the abundant cuisine around the lake with fresh seafood, typical noodle soups, and fragrant steak. It will be a wonderful experience if you have a chance to watch the gorgeous sunset views.
Thanh Nien Street divides Truc Bach Lake from West Lake (Photo: Haidao)
4. BAY MAU LAKE
Bay Mau Lake is a famous Hanoi freshwater lake in Thong Nhat Park with an area of about 28 hectares. In the center of the lake, there are two islands, each of which spans about 600 square metres wide. This is an ideal place for visitors who want to relax. When you come here, you can participate in many recreational activities in Thong Nhat Park, droping in the green lawn and watching the bustling city.
Bay Mau Lake from above (Photo: Zing)
5. THIEN QUANG LAKE
Thien Quang Lake covering an area of 5.6 hectares is located in Hai Ba Trung District and it is surrounded by 4 streets: Nguyen Du, Tran Binh Trong, Tran Nhan Tong, and Quang Trung. The name of Thien Quang means "light"- the light of meditation, which is named after Thien Quang village. This lake is a part of the system of underground channels with Bay Mau Lake with the function of regulating water and creating a harmonious landscapes structure for the city. There are a lot of ancient trees here, so this is a perfect place on boiling hot summer days.
Thien Quang Lake from above (Photo: Zing)
If you have the opportunity to travel to Hanoi, do not forget to visit the 5 freshwater lakes to admire the poetic features of these famous Hanoi lakes.
By Hoang Ninh