||West Lake is the
biggest lake in central Hanoi, covering 500 ha in Tay Ho
district. It is one of the main attractions of Hanoi City.
the ancient times, this place used to be a famous resort
reserved for kings and mandarins. Many beautiful palaces and
monuments were built on the bank of the lake, among them are
Thuy Hoa Palace, Tu Hoa Palace, Ham Nguyen Sanctuary, Kim Lien
pagoda and Ngoc Dam Palace.
The 14-km path around the lake leads to different places of
interest such as Nghi Tam and Tay Ho flower villages, the peach
gardens of Nhat Tan and the famous Tay Ho Temple. Situated on an island in the West Lake is the Tran Quoc pagoda,
the oldest pagoda of Vietnam built in 541. Its ancient towers
mirror in the lake water.