West Lake is the largest lake in the centre of Hanoi with the area of 500 ha. Located in the Northwest of the city, West Lake was created from a curved part of Red River and appeared in several Vietnamese legends, accordingly, it’s called in many different names such as: Fox Corpse Lake (“hồ Xác Cáo”), Golden Buffalo lake (“hồ Kim Ngưu”). In the period of Ly Tran Dynasty, people named it Foggy Lake (“Đầm Đàm”), and its name was changed to West Lake in The Ly Dynasty (the 15 century)
West Lake is the landmark of the capital which had long been used as resorts for Kings and mardarins of many dynasties. There were many palaces built around the lake such as Thuy Hoa Palace in the Ly Dynasty, Ham Nguyen Palace in the Tran Dynasty (which is Tran Quoc Pagoda now), Tu Hoa Palace in the Ly Dynasty (which is Kim Lien Pagoda in Nghi Tam village at the moment), Ngoc Dam Palace in the Tran Dynasty…
The road covers around the lake is about 12 km which leads to the flower village of Nghi Tam, Tay Ho, the peach blossoom garden of Nhat Tan, and there are many famous commue house of village,temples and pagodas along the road
West Lake is now abundant with many gardens, hotels, restaurants and other entertainment centers.