Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Vietnam - Hanoi Trip - Day 3 - Hoan Kiem Lake

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Our last destination of our city tour is Hoan Kiem Lake and park, which is very near to our hotel.

Saw this huge statue of the late king Ly Thai To in the park.

It's nice to be in the park in the autumn when the weather is breezy and cool.

Hoan Kiem Lake is also known as "Lake of the Returned Sword" or "Lake of the Restored Sword. According to the legend, emperor Le Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths. All attempts to find either the sword or the turtle failed. Lợi concluded that the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) had come to reclaim the sword that it had given Lợi some time earlier, during his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, it was formerly known as Luc Thuy meaning "Green Water"). The Turtle Tower (Thap Rùa) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend. You can read more from wikipedia.

Many wedding couples love to take wedding photos in this park and lake.

Very pretty brides.

The park was decorated with lots of sculptures.

World Peace

Sculpture of a mother and child.

Cam tu cho to quoc quyet sinh monument which means "Dare to die so that the Fatherland can determine to live" but according to this article, there seems to be a dispute to the slogan. You can read about it from this article.

Finally our last stop was Ngoc Son Temple also known as Temple of the Jade Mountain. The temple was erected to honors the 13-century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan Dynasty, Van Xuong, a scholar, and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge of repairs made to the temple in 1864. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted The Huc Bridge (The Huc, meaning Morning Sunlight Bridge). (Source:wikipedia.)

Need to purchase admission ticket to visit the temple.

1 comment:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Interesting to see your photos. I expect to see some very similar photos to these from my sister in the next few months as they embark on a trip to S.E.Asia. High on our wishlist as well.