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Discover West Lake from above
Updated at Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017, 16:34
Tay Ho District is known for housing Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, called West Lake. It’s a huge body of water – it has a circumference of 17km – and there are plenty of historical places of interest, five-star hotels, stylish restaurants, cafes, and nightlife venues that are worth exploring along the shoreline.
Accessible within a 15-minute drive from Hanoi Old Quarter, many locals and tourists seeking respite from the busy city make their way to this high-end district as it provides a sanctuary of great natural beauty with plenty of quiet spots in the sizeable botanical gardens. Known locally as West Lake, the actual history of West Lake remains a mystery to this very day, though one legend claims that it was formed when the Dragon King Lac Long Quan drowned a wicked fox spirit with nine tails in his lair.
Another folklore source claims that the lake was formed when a large Chinese Buffalo mistakenly confused a pagoda temple bell with its mother call and ran so fiercely into a small hollow that the lake was made.
West Lake is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon: there are boats for hire and lunch on a floating restaurant makes a novel dining option. Notable points of interest at West Lake include Tran Quoc Pagoda which was built in the 6th century, making it Vietnam’s oldest temple. Tran Quoc Pagoda resides on a small island built by King Ly Nam De as a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. The pagoda is particularly stunning when viewed early evening at sunset. The other main attraction is Quan Thanh Temple, which is located at the West Lake Crossroads of Thanh Nien Road and Quan Thanh Street.
One of 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. Quan Thanh Temple is open for all to enter with sightseers encouraged to pray for health, luck and happiness during their visit.
When it comes to dining options, the southern part of West Lake is the place to go for seafood bites, with a whole street dedicated to local seafood restaurants while the northern side is where you can find the affluent residential neighborhood and five-star hotels in Tay Ho District. Hemispheres Steak & Seafood Grill offers specialties from both the northern and southern hemisphere, complemented by an extensive wine list for affluent visitors in Hanoi. Located within Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, this elegant steakhouse features expansive views of the fountain courtyard and West Lake, while the kitchen is headed by Australian chef Patrick Morris
Hanoi West Lake The area to the south side of West Lake is the place to go for seafood bites with a whole street of seafood restaurants available to choose from. Heading north from West Lake is the residential and hotel part of the Tay Ho District.
West Lake from above.
West Lake from above.
Thanh Nien Road near West Lake.
Thanh Nien Road near West Lake.
the beauty side of West Lake.
the beauty side of West Lake.
The Hotel near West Lake.
The Hotel near West Lake.
Lotus flower in West Lake.
Lotus flower in West Lake.
West Lake Cruise.
West Lake Cruise.
Boat Sailing On West Lake.
Boat Sailing On West Lake.
Tran Quoc Temple.
Tran Quoc Temple.
Quan Thanh Temple.
Quan Thanh Temple.
West Lake.
West Lake.
Sunset in West Lake.
Sunset in West Lake.

 
Pham Hung
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