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Ho Tay (or West Lake) is the largest natural lake in Hanoi, located in Tay Ho district. West Lake also formerly known as: Xac Cao Lake, Kim Nguu Lake, Lake Dam Dam…... West Lake has an area of about 500 ha and running path around the lake for about 18 km. According to historical geography, the West Lake is exogenous, formed by a condensation the old Red River after changing river flow

History of the West Lake is mentioned for the first time in “Linh Nam Chich Quai” by Vu Quynh and Kieu Phu compose around 1492. Here, the author tells the story background of Ho Tay lake. Accordingly, in the lake has a nine tailed fox very ferocious. So, Long Quan and many civilians are together kill it.. Therefore, the lake is called “ Xac Cao” lake.

Around the lake there are many famous places, associated with the names of many famous people:  Nghi Tam village, the birth place of Ba Huyen Thanh Quan. Kim Lien Pagoda with unique architecture, the village of Nhat Tan peach flowers are well known.

Then Tao Xuan village with Soc Temple...Quan Thanh Temple at the corner of Thanh Nien and Quan Thanh street, north of the town of Thang Long Citadel.

Tran Quoc Pagoda in southern West Lake is a beautiful temple, famous in Hanoi. People who come here not only to enjoy the beauty of the architecture, but also come to pay respect to the deities... especially in the full moon day, the first of the lunar month and holidays.

On these days, the roads are filled with people dressed in colorful attire heading to the narrow road leading to the temple.  Besides the West Lake is Truc Bach lake, between the two lakes is the Youth ( Thanh Nien) dreaming. Previously, the road is called Co Ngu.

West Lake is the place to relax of people in Hanoi and it is also an ideal place of foreigners who are living and working in city with hundreds of villas. Phu Tay Ho is one of the more popular shrines on the shore of West Lake. It is also famous for the Bun Oc (Escargot Vermicelli soup) and Banh Tom ( shrimp cakes) sold in stalls along the way. 

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