Timings : Lighting Hours: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Thap Rua Tower, also known as the Turtle Tower, one of Hanoi's most iconic attraction was built to commemorate Le Loi who gave Vietnam freedom from the Chinese in 1425. Constructed on a small piece of land in the Hoan Kiem Lake, this tower is inaccesible to the public, however, you can admire its glory from the edge of the lake.
The Thap Rua Tower was built in the 19th century and displays distinct qualities of both French and Vietnamese architecture. It can be viewed from nearly every point at the lake, standing proudly at its centre. The little island it stands on, lovingly called "Turtle Islet", has a small population of turtles that can be spotted swimming in the lake's waters. Unfortunately, this attraction is not accessible to the public.
You'll have to settle for enjoying it from a distance, walking around the lake which lights up at night time. In fact, this entire area comes alive post-sunset when the restaurants and rooftop bars are full of life.
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