Vietnam, Water and Puppets

The turtle tower in Hanoi

At the northen end of Hoan Kiem Lake is an islet on which stands a small tower. Called Thap Rùa (Turtle Tower), this structure honors the magic turtle that still guards the sword of Lê Lợi.

On the top of Turtle Tower there used to stand a version of the Statue of Liberty, placed there by the French. The statue was destroyed when the Trần Trọng Kim government took over the city from the French administration in 1945.

Turtle Tower has become an important symbol of peace and patriotism to the people of Hanoi. The revolutionary flag was often hoisted here during the era of resistence to French rule.

The green area around the tower is where the turtles bask in the sun and lay their eggs.

Source for the text and more informations from: Vietnam Plus

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