27 January 2010By Mark Bowyer
If Ba Dinh Square is Hanoi's political heart, Hoan Kiem Lake is its soul. Also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword, the lake is both rich in legend and one of the city's most well used and atmospheric public spaces.
Hoan Kiem Lake's central location means there's no avoiding it during a visit to Hanoi. It sits between the Old Quarter and the French quarter. But don't just wander past the lake. Joining the locals in sitting, walking or reading in the early morning or late afternoon is a great experience. If you're extremely lucky, you may even spot the lake's famed turtle. It raises its head above the murky waters every few years in an event that attracts great attention and is considered to be auspicious.
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