Before the famous historical legend of King Le Loi here, Hoan Kiem Lake used to be called Luc Thuy Lake (or Green Water Lake) since the water was green all the year round. In 15thcentury, it was named Hoan Kiem Lake after the legend of Emperor Le Thai To, which is somehow similar to the story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake's.
Now please close your eyes and turn back time to the Le Dynasty 6 centuries ago to witness the legendary story. During the war against the Minh aggressors, King Le Thai To was given a precious fairy Sword by the Golden Turtle God. After 10 years of continuous struggling, the King finally defeated the Chinese and reclaimed the nation's independence. After that, on a nice day, while boating on lake Luc Thuy, a large turtle came towards him.
It immediately grabbed the sword with its mouth and submerged. The king mourned the lost of such a valuable sword, yet could not find either the turtle or the sword. He realized that the God must have lent him the sword to drive back the enemy, but then that his nation was free, the sword must be returned. Hence, King Le Thai To named the lake Ho Hoan Kiem or Lake of the Restore Sword after this episode.
Hence, Hoan Kiem Lake is now situated inside a complex of Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, Pen Tower in the surroundings, making a sparkling colorful natural picture! Ngoc Son has undergone a lot of renovations, one among which was the addition of Thap But (translated as Pen Tower) on its hill, which was once called Dao Tai. Three words were inscribed on the tower: "Ta Thien Thanh" or "write on blue sky". Inside the gate a pool resembling the shape of an ink well was added. Beyond the ink well is The Huc bridge, which means "where the sun light is absorbed". The bridge leads to Dac Nguyet Lau (or "Moon Light tower") - Ngoc Son shrine. Beyond the gates to the shrine, there are two walls called bang Rong and bang Ho (dragon and tiger slate), where the names of those who passed the national test were inscribed.
What could not be missed in this beautiful complex is the Turtle Tower, which lies in the middle of the Lake, so as to remind Vietnamese people of the Turtle God of his great assistance. It was told that King Le Thanh Tong used to fish here. Lord Trinh also built the structure to house his entourage while visiting the lake.
Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge
Hoan Kiem Lake - The heart of Hanoi
A beautiful basket of flowers inside Hanoi, a mirror-like green lake, a place of love, etc. are converged in Hoan Kiem Lake - the core of Hanoi!
Hoan Kiem Lake is one of Hanoi's key landmarks, a useful point of reference for getting your bearings around the city. Immediately to the lake's west lie a bustling fashion district clustered around Cathedral Street and Pho Na Chung. North of the lake, the Old Quarter's narrow streets are just waiting to be explored. South of the lake lies the French Quarter and the great eats of Hai Ba Trung.
Despite the time's ashes and dust, Hoan Kiem Lake - the popular historical and legendary beauty-spot is eternal for good as an evidence of a fairy & heroic Hanoi during the past wars, and a romantic & charming Hanoi of Today!
Where to Stay
New Vision Hotel in Hanoi old quater is ideally located in the heart of Hanoi’s ancient streets, close by the famous Hoan Kiem Lake , O Quan Chuong (The Gate of Hanoi’s Old Quarter), Dong Xuan supermarket, Thanglong water puppet theatre, the Temple of Literature, Museum of Fine Arts and the Hanoi Opera House. New Vision Hotel is very convenient for guests with shopping and banking needs, and there are plenty of eating and entertainment options close by. New Vision Hotel offers 32 elegantly luxury rooms. The rooms feature views of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a flat screen television, free internet access . Room service is also provided 24 hours a day.
Located at 68 Hang Bo Street and we are one of the best hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Coming to our hotel you will have the chances to enjoy an exciting trip or a meaningful business trip in one of the most luxurious hotels in Hanoi. You will be completely satisfied when served by our staffs who have equipped with adequate knowledge, professional, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and especially an excellent Saigon services style. You will have a deep impression about Hanoi with unforgettable memories for New Vision