Oct 11, 2020 / 10:24

Hanoi’s iconic lake gets facelift

The Hanoitimes - Hoan Kiem, Hanoi’s iconic lake still retains its signature characteristics after the renovation.

After five months of construction, the 1,500-meter embankment around Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi's landmark, has been completed, giving it a makeover that earned the recognition as the work in celebration of 1,010th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, Kinh Te & Do Thi reported.

The inauguration ceremony took place on October 10 with the attendance of Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue and other city leaders. Mr. Hue unveiled a plaque certifying the embankment as the work in celebration of the 1,010th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi and the 17th Congress of the city Party (2020-2025 tenure).

Hoan Kiem lake has been given a new facelift with sidewalks paved with high quality stones. The paths around the lake have also been renovated.

Mr. Pham Tuan Long, chairman of the People's Committee of Hoan Kiem district, said that upgrading the revetments around Hoan Kiem lake is the most important item in the project of construction, renovation and embellishment for the area around the lake.

The lake still retains its signature characteristics after the renovation, Mr. Long said, adding that in the time ahead, his district will continue to implement projects to preserve the architectural space around Hoan Kiem lake, including Hoa Phong tower, Ba Kieu temple, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square, Thuy Ta restaurant, among others.

On April 21, after 10 years of researching and three rounds of consultation with experts and citizens about the embankment, the project to renovate and embellish the area around Hoan Kiem lake kicked start to prevent erosion.

The concrete revetments used on the embankment are made of new materials which can resist corrosive agents. Trinh Hoang Tung, the representative of the Hoan Kiem district’s construction investment project management board, said the embankment could last from 50 to 70 years.

The 11.5-hectare lake is named after a legend which has it that a golden turtle emerged from the lake to take back the sword it had given King Le Loi in the 15th century to help him defeat the Chinese Ming invaders.

The followings are some photos of the ceremony on October 10:

 Officials at the ceremony of unveiling the plaque certifying the embankment around Hoan Kiem lake as the work to celebrate the 1,010th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi.

 Delegates at the inauguration ceremony.

 Hanoi leaders visit the work of embankment around Hoan Kiem lake.

 Hanoi leaders talk to local residents.
 Hanoi leaders talk to local residents.

 Hoan Kiem lake has been given a facelift with sidewalks paved with stones.