West Lake in Hanoi
The West Lake in Hanoi
Hanoi is known as the city of lakes, among dozens of large and small famous lakes like Hoan Kiem, Truc Bach, Linh Dam, Thien Quang; West Lake is the largest freshwater lake, with 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) of shore.
West Lake, called the green lung of Hanoi or the mirror of the city, is one of the most popular places for outdoor recreation in the Vietnamese capital. West Lake is the most romantic corner in the colorful picture of Hanoi which is always an endless inspiration for poems, writer and artist. That explains why the lake appears so much in songs and poetry.
If you visit the lake in early morning, you will be surprised with crowded flow of people exercising around the lake and enjoying fresh air. The lake is not only an ideal destination for travel, but also for historical points of interest. If you would like to do a tour click here for a day tour visiting Hanoi and surrounding areas, or click here for more than 2 day tour from Hanoi.
On my last morning in Hanoi, I walked through the rain to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on a small island in West Lake, was built in the sixth century, making it the oldest Pagoda in Vietnam. The temple architecture is a harmonious combination of majestic, ancient, and elegant landscape amid immense lake. Near the northern gate of the lake, Quan Thanh Temple is a Taoist temple dedicated to Tran Vo and dating back to the early eleventh century.
Apart from its historical attractions, West Lake is also a popular place to hire a boat, dine at a floating restaurant, people watch and walk or bike along the banks.
The surrounding area of West Lake is planning to become the center of new Hanoi in the near future, gradually replaces Hoan Kiem Lake.