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Thien Quang Lake

Once upon a time, in the heart of Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi, lies the charming Thien Quang Lake, affectionately known as Lake Ha-le or, during the French colonial era, the posh-sounding Lake Halais (courtesy of Nguyen Du street, or rue Halais for the Francophiles). 

This aquatic gem is surrounded by streets adorned with green trees and shade—Nguyen Du, Tran Binh Trong, Tran Nhan Tong, and Quang Trung where Nguyen Du Street takes the prize for its rows of milk flower trees, releasing a sweet scent that could rival a Parisian perfume boutique in fall.

Lakeside Leisure at Thong Nhat Park

Right at the doorstep of Thong Nhat Park (formerly Lenin Park), Thien Quang Lake becomes the VIP lounge for Hanoians seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle. 

It’s the spot where you can kick back, relax, and savor the cool Hanoi air—a perfect setting for contemplating life, love, and perhaps your next bowl of pho.

Illuminating Origins: The Light Path of Thien Quang Lake

The name Thien Quang, meaning “light path” or the light of Zen, has its roots in the village of Thien Quang. 

It’s like the universe decided to give Hanoi its celestial runway, and we’re here for it!

Hanoi’s Aquatic Evolution: From Lien Thuy to Light Path

Back in 1831, the lake had a different moniker—Lien Thuy. Picture a larger-than-life water wonderland stretching from Yet Kieu to Nguyen Binh Khiem streets. 

Fast forward to the 20th century, and Thien Quang Lake went through its fair share of changes, including a stint as a gathering spot for nocturnal activities. 

Thankfully, Hanoi’s Department of Transport and Public Works worked its magic in 2003, turning the lakeside into a haven with flower gardens, restrooms, and stone benches.

Temples and Tales on Tran Binh Trong Street

Tran Binh Trong Street, formerly De-loc-mo rue Delorme (because who doesn’t love a French twist?), boasts a trio of temples—Thien Quang, Quang Hoa, and Phap Hoa. History buffs, take note!

The Quirky Chronicles of Nguyen Du Street

Nguyen Du Street is no stranger to makeovers, with sections named Ri-kie Street, Hale Street, and Rue Defourcq at different times. 

It’s the street that couldn’t make up its mind but looks fabulous nonetheless.

Thien Quang Street: Filled, Flattened, and Fabulous

Once a part of the lake, Thien Quang Street got a makeover in the 1920s courtesy of the French, who filled it in and named it Crevot Street (rue Crévost). 

Talk about a glow-up!

Swan Serenade: An Unexpected Touch of Elegance

In a plot twist worthy of a Hanoi fairy tale, Thien Quang Lake became the proud host to six pairs of swans on February 5, 2018. 

Hanoi Drainage Company took on the role of royal caretakers, turning this urban oasis into the only place in Vietnam where you can enjoy the graceful presence of these feathered celebrities. 

Take a stroll and revel in the charm because, in Hanoi, even the lakes have a touch of elegance.

Thien Quang Lake
LocationHai Ba Trung district, Hanoi
Surrounding StreetsNguyen Du, Tran Binh Trong, Tran Nhan Tong, Quang Trung
Notable FeaturesRows of milk flower trees, serene atmosphere
Adjacent toThong Nhat Park (formerly Lenin Park)
Meaning of Name“Lightpath,” inspired by the Zen philosophy
Historical EvolutionOriginally called Lien Thuy in 1831, it changed during the French colonial period and revitalized in 2003
Special FeatureHosted six pairs of swans brought from Hoan Kiem Lake in 2018



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