This was such a calm, pretty lake in the middle of the insanity that is Hanoi. Legend has it that a 400 year old tortoise lives here. He was last taken out for medical treatment in 2011. We wanted to catch a glimpse of him, so we searched for about an hour but had no luck.
His grandson died and was stuffed (preserved?). He remains on display in a special, temperature controlled glass case in a beautiful pagoda.