Thap Rua Tower Overview

One of the most iconic places to visit in Hanoi is the Tháp RùaTower that built for commemorating Lê Lợi. Lê Lợi created an insurgent army and help Vietnam gain freedom from the Ming Chinese in 1400s. It was built in the 19th century on a tiny island in the lake of Hồ Hoàn Kiếm. People lovingly call this island the “Turtle Islet”. Public cannot access this attraction but view it from a distance while walking around the lake. 

Thap Rua Tower, also known as the Turtle Tower, is a symbolic and iconic landmark situated on a small island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam. This elegant structure is a significant part of Hanoi's cultural and historical landscape, attracting tourists from all over the world as part of Vietnam tour packages. The tower's name, "Thap Rua," translates to "Turtle Tower" in English, and it is inspired by the legend of the Golden Turtle God, a mythical creature believed to dwell in the lake.

The tower's design reflects traditional Vietnamese architecture, with a three-story octagonal structure topped by a red roof adorned with intricate decorations. Visitors can admire the beauty of Thap Rua Tower from the lakeside promenades or take a leisurely stroll across the iconic red bridge that connects it to the shore. The tower's serene setting amidst the tranquil waters of Hoan Kiem Lake makes it a picturesque spot for photography and a must-visit attraction in Hanoi.

Location: Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

Timings: Sun-Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Highlights: Post sunset the area of the Turtle Tower comes alive when lights are up with the open restaurants and the rooftop bars. It is a great place for photographers and tourists.

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