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Thap Rua Tower

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The ancient of the Tortoise Tower

It seem very lonely and special. It was built after the king Le Loi returned the fairy sword back... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mysteriously Haunting

Also known as the Turtle Tower, it lies on a small island in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It seem very lonely and special. It was built after the king Le Loi returned the fairy sword back to the turttle Genie (based on the legend).

Thank buiducquan101
Reviewed 1 week ago

Also known as the Turtle Tower, it lies on a small island in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake. The tower in inaccessible & is in need of restoration. It is a good site for photo opportunity at night as there will be neon...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ithink the best way to see it is to walk all way along the banks of the Lake.It is lovely and you can take the photos from different angels.

Thank 477elizabeth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed an hour of wandering around the lake and taking pictures of this tower from different angles.

Thank mbetowler
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice place to see in the middle of the lake in Hanoi. It is also a popular photo spot and is especially good to experience at night when it is lit up along with the nearby red bridge. A must see!

Thank rhthomas1980
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Thap Rua Tower, also known as Turtle Tower, commemorates local folk hero Le Loi. Its not accessible to the public and thankfully has not been restored by the looks of things so maintains its old world charm.

Thank fluffymonkey
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Thap Rua or Turtle Tower is a small tower in the middle of Sword Lake. In the evenings it is lighted and the tower looks mysterious illuminated in the peaceful lake.

Thank nellielim
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

In the center of Hoan Kiem Lake, Turtle Tower has their own feature. Do you know there is a French person having built to hide the tomb?

Thank ducpham27
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We saw this when walking around the lake, it was still daylight and it looked fine, but then once it was dark and the tower was illuminated it had a different presence. Nice relaxing setting, especially when the traffic has been banned from around the...More

Thank KPR1955
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

You can see the tower clearly when walking around the lake. It’s also lit up during the night so it makes a nice scene when it’s dark.

Thank Håvard O
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Zack R
February 11, 2015|
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Response from GuruB0b | Reviewed this property |
The tower is in the middle of a large lake and not that easy to see. I didn't see any turtles when I was in Hanoi.