Hoan Kiem Lake from My POV
This is my usual point of entry whenever I go to Hoan Kiem. Not only because this spot is hard to miss but also because it’s easier to explain it to your Grab or cab driver.
Aside from the fountain, a nearby structure is quite popular among locals. This building houses several restaurants and food shops which local drivers can easily identify such as Dunkin Donuts, Popeye’s, KFC, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, and more!
The Social and Cultural Center of Hanoi
On weekends, the streets surrounding the lake are closed off to traffic. This makes the district a perfect venue to do marketing campaigns and activities.
Aside from restaurants, offices, and temples, several gifts and souvenir shops can also be found around the lake.
One of the focal points of the lake is this red wooden bridge which connects a small island (which houses a temple) to the mainland.
The statue of Ly Thai To is located in a special park right next to the lake. The spacious area in front of the statue is often used for various activities like school programs, celebrations, group exercises, and more.
Several government buildings can also be seen around the Hoan Kiem Lake. The architecture of these buildings shows France’s influence on the culture of Northern Vietnam.
This lake-side restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. Visitors flock to this particular restaurant due to its perfect location.
On weekends, the people take control of the streets surrounding the lake.
This is the iconic pagoda that sits on a small island in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake. This pagoda plays an important part in the shaping of Vietnam’s colorful history.
A Walk in the Park. Literally.
A small footpath can be seen right next to the lake. Few people use it, however, because of how close it is to the water. Instead, locals use it as a ‘resting area’ where they can sit down and enjoy their tea.
Several toy vendors can be seen all over the park. This one sells balloons and bubble makers.
Pop-up souvenir shops which only appear during weekends are a big hit among tourist visiting the Hoan Kiem District.
This popular head-wear vendor sells different kinds of hats near the Hoan Kiem Lake.
The egg coffee is a must-try concoction when in Hanoi. Several coffee shops selling this specialty are found around the lake.
Here is the mighty Hoan Kiem Lake as seen from the red bridge.
No matter the season, the park around the Hoan Kiem Lake is very well-maintained and the gardens are well-manicured. Here are the gardens during winter.
And here are the gardens during spring.
You can find artists all over the park. You just sit still and they’ll draw you on the spot!
If you are creative, you can sell more products. Just like this pair.
Check out my other Vietnam stories below:
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- A Look Inside the Vietnam Military History Museum
- How I Found Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda by Chance
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- Exploring the Lý Bát Đế Temple in Bac Ninh, Vietnam
- Hanoi on Foot: Journey Through the Streets of the Vietnamese Capital
- A Closer Look at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake
- Welcoming the Lunar New Year in Lạng Sơn, Vietnam
- A Memorable Journey to Đồng Đăng in Lạng Sơn, Vietnam
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Paying Respects to ‘Uncle Ho’
- Phat Tich Pagoda: Vietnam’s Cultural Giant
- The Super Cool Detour to Da Lat, Vietnam
- Bút Tháp Temple: Vietnam’s Cultural Gem
- Visiting the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long
- Tay Ho: The Biggest Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Hoa Lo Prison: Vietnam’s “Hanoi Hilton”
- My Memorable First Winter in Vietnam
- Hoan Kiem Lake: The Heart of Hanoi, Vietnam
- “Pot Sessions” at the Bat Trang Pottery Village
- First Stop: Temple of Literature in Hanoi