West Lake of Hanoi
West Lake (Hồ Tây) is considered as one of the most beautiful places to while away an afternoon. There are a plenty of boats for hire and lunch on a floating restaurant will make a novel dining option. Notable points of interest at West Lake may include Tran Quoc Pagoda, which was built in the 6th century and becomes the oldest temple in Vietnam.
The pagoda which resides on a small island was built by King Ly Nam De as a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. The pagoda is individually stunning when viewed early evening at sunset. The other main attraction of West Lake may be Quan Thanh Temple which located at the West Lake crossroads of Quan Thanh Street and Thanh Nien Street. One of ancient Four Sacred Temples of Vietnam, built during the reign of King Ly Thai To from 1010 to 1028. Quan Thanh Temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, flowers and trees in its structure. The temple is open for all of the visitors to enter with sightseers encouraged to pray for luck, happiness and health during their visit.
West Lake used to be a part of the Red River when it used to be a retreat reserved for the relaxation of kings and mandarins. Nowadays, Hồ Tây offers too much to enjoy with some of the most historic cultural sights and a unique fusion of nature at her best in the whole of Vietnam.