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Thap Rua Tower

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Address: Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
19:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 23:00

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A prominent landmark of Hanoi and a tragic story

In the middle of Hoan Kiem lake, this is probably the most photographed site in Hanoi. It has a tragic history behind and it is a very elaborate building which fits very well with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cleveland, Oh
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Adelaide, Australia
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28 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This isn't exactly somewhere you can 'go' to, just a tower you can look across the lake and see. If you're not particularly interested in staring at old buildings then, maybe not a must see. If you're like me and you love historic architecture, you'll enjoy staring across the lake at it.

Thank aykayj
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have many photos featuring this tower. I wish we could go over to the island and see it up close. Very iconic image of Hanoi.

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Dublin Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This lake is right in the middle of Hanoi. It is a nice walk to take on a good day and a great place to meet locsls and tourists. It touches the old and new quarters of the city. The island in the middle is what makes it interesting. Great photo spot.

Thank keegan_9
Cleveland, Oh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the middle of Hoan Kiem lake, this is probably the most photographed site in Hanoi. It has a tragic history behind and it is a very elaborate building which fits very well with the lake and the surrounding and enhance it.

Thank marcopolo111
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tower is a landmark in Hanoi, you won't miss it when you visit Hoan Kiem lake. Great photo opportunity. Take a walk around the lake and enjoy the peaceful scenery. The area around the lake is cordoned off to traffic during weekends, so its great time to visit. Lots of locals and tourists and local sights to see along... More 

Thank moonlotus18
Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 810 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tower stands in the middle of a lake in the very heart of Hanoi. Not being there, it would be just an ordinary body of water. With it, it's the most beautiful site in Hanoi, shown on every magazine and TV and probably the most photographed one. You cannot access it. Best pics are at night when it's lit... More 

1 Thank B1714D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While you can't actually go to the tower, it's the center piece of the most iconic view of Hanoi. Plan your visit at night as it's a sight to behold with the lighting and crisp atmosphere around the lake.

Thank Charles T
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tower "makes" the lake giving it a focal point, especially for phtographers. The tower is visible from all points on the walkways that ring the lake..

Thank gdown64
Western Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This historic/ancient tower is situated on a small island in Hoan Kiem Lake, but is inaccessible. However, it's a pleasant photo opportunity, and Hoan Kiem Lake is a great place to walk around and soak up Hanoi atmosphere (mingle with the locals) or a visit to Ngoc Son Temple over the Red Bridge. So overall a worthwhile experience and good... More 

1 Thank DJEargasm
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This wonderful piece of history is set on a small island in the centre of the lake in the Old city area of Hanoi. Very very nice

Thank 368stephenn

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