In the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake is a structure that was built around 1886 by a Vietnamese mandarin who secretly wanted to bury his father in this auspicious location. Unfortunately for him, others found out and his father’s body was removed.
In the days of the French rule, on top of Turtle Tower stood the French version of ‘the Statue of Liberty’. That statue was happily destroyed in 1945 when Hanoi and Vietnam was finally returned to its rightful owners.
Just the shell of Turtle Tower remains today and is a symbol of peace and patriotism; plus honors the magical turtle that guards Le Loi’s sword forever more.
The land around the tower is the nesting ground for turtles and a nice safe haven for them to bask in the sun.