West Lake

Perhaps: With a shoreline of 17 km, West Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Hanoi. It is bordered with many city’s top historical sites, including Vietnam’s oldest pagoda and one of Vietnam’s four sacred temples.It is a truly peaceful escape from the busy crowded streets. There is a host of stunning architectural gems and sizeable lush gardens surrounding the lake along with several entertainment venues and a high-end hotels. Take a boat trip or dine on a floating restaurant brings you memorable moments. What could not be missed at West Lake is Vietnam’s oldest temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda built by King Ly Nam De in the 6th century.

Tran Quoc Pagoda is a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. The pagoda is particularly stunning at sunset. Another must-go attraction is Quan Thanh Temple located at the West Lake crossroads of Thanh Nien Street and Quan Thanh Street. It is one of the Vietnam’s ancient Four Sacred Temples built during the reign of King Ly Thai To from 1010 to 1028. The temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, trees and flowers in its structure. Locals often head to Quan Thanh Temple to pray for health, luck and happiness.

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