The West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. It is a popular recreational destination for the capital city. On its banks are some gardens, temples, pagodas, hotels and restaurants. The lake was originally formed from a bent arm of the Red River. Its shore length is 17 kilometers. There are also some legends and stories about his origins.
The Tran Quoc Pagoda and the Quan Thanh Temple are certainly the two most important sights along the lake. The Tran Quoc pagoda on a small island on the shore of the lake was already founded in the 6th century, but the present buildings date back to the 15th century.