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West Lake is one of the famous scenic spots of Hanoi capital, this is considered a "giant stage reflecting the clouds, sky and city landscape". The scenery along the West Lake is very poetic and dreamy. Surrounding the lake are tall, straight rows of green trees, flower beds, and green grass growing around, creating a special scene for West Lake. What makes West Lake special, distinguishing it from other lakes in Hanoi is not only the scenery but also the color of the water. The color of the water in each season changes magically and spectacularly according to the weather, sometimes blue, sometimes gray, sometimes bright, sometimes dark... And the scenery of West Lake becomes most brilliant and sublimated perhaps at that moment. At the end of the day - when the sunset falls covering the landscape, with the blur of the street lights on the water, creating an extremely fanciful and romantic scene.West Lake is located in the northwest of Hanoi, in Tay Ho district, about 11km from the center of the capital. This is the largest natural lake in Hanoi with an area of up to 500 hectares and a circumference of about 14.8 km. Around West Lake is a green route, about 18km long. Previously, this place was part of the Red River, but after changing its stream, it stopped and became a large freshwater lake like today.
West Lake has existed since the time of Hung Vuong, at that time it was called Lam Ap wharf - a wharf bordering the Red River. By the Ly and Tran dynasties, West Lake had become a scenic spot only for kings and lords to vacation. Around the lake, there are many palaces and architectural works such as Thuy Hoa Palace of Ly Dynasty (now becoming the area of Tran Quoc Pagoda), Tu Hoa Palace of Ly Dynasty (now Kim Lien Pagoda) and Thuy Chuong Palace of Le Dynasty (now known as Thuy Chuong Palace of Le Dynasty). currently Chu Van An school). Currently, West Lake is one of the famous and popular tourist destinations in Hanoi.
Through many periods and historical periods, West Lake has many different names, related to legends and folk stories. Some other names of West Lake can be mentioned such as: Sac Cao lagoon, Kim Nguu lake, Lang Bac, Dam Dam, Tay Ho, Doai Ho ...