Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Visiting Hanoi I knew I had to go to Hoan Kiem Lake early morning. I had read that on the internet while I was preparing for the trip.  A lot of people, young and old, would be there to do some exercise like yoga or tai chi.Ireally wanted to experience that…maybe join…

So on the second day of my visit I got up early and went to Hoan Kiem Lake.  My hotel, Rainbow Hotel, was not that far from the lake so it took me 5 minutes walking to get there.

Voor de Nederlandse versie van Tai Chi bij het Hoan Kiem Meer, Hanoi -Vietnam

Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

I was so surprised to immediately see people standing on the sidewalk, doing some work out, stretching and doing some kind of Tai Chi. I even heard some music and when I walked there I saw many people dancing. It was real nice to see those early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake.

Before I got here I intented to do some exersize myself but now…standing here.. I didn’t dance myself, and I was glad nobody asked me 🙂  Although the music was everything from classic to poprock. And as you can see on the pics lots of people were dancing alone. It was mostly for exercising and next to it it seemed to be relaxing and fun for them!!

Healthy Lifestyle @ Hanoi – Vietnam

Immediately I saw people standing on the sidewalk, doing some work out. I even heard some music and when I walked there I saw many people dancing. It was real nice to see. I didn't dance myself, and I was glad nobody asked me :) Although the music was everything from classic to poprock.

Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake

Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

I saw birds hanging in the trees, people brought them with them! There were a lot of birdboxes hanging in the trees like this. You see that more in Asian countries where people have birds and take them everywhere…take them out in the streets for the day and in the evening back home 🙂

 People brought their birds with them, there were a lot of birdboxes hanging in the trees like this.

 Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake

I saw this statue of Ly Thai To in a street near Hoan Kiem Lake, there was probably some festivity the day before because there were a lots of flowers at the foot of the statue.

On the picture below you see the parc behind the statue.  The next day I saw a wedding taking place there.  The chapel in the middle was used for the ceremony. How very nice for a wedding location?

Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Walking on I came to the other side of the Hoan Kiem Lake and saw again lots of people working out. In the centre of Hoan Kiem lake you’ve got  Turtle Tower (Tháp Rùa) I believe there is nothing in there anymore but it used to be the fishing site of the former king Le Thanh Tong.

Nice place for that activity ofcourse!! 

 Turtle Tower (Tháp Rùa) in the center of the lake You see the Turtle tower behind me. You see the Turtle Tower behind me?

Walking on I finally saw what I was hoping to see. A man working on his Tai Chi!! This is the image I imagened when I went here. And there it was!! I sat down for a while and watched his slow Tai Chi form. I loved every move he made. It was contolled and it seemed so peaceful. He wasn’t looking up and I don’t know if he knew that I wasn’t the only one looking…Early Morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

Early Morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

He was doing great!! Don’t you think?

Early Morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

Early Morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

Early Morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

 I sat here for a while. And loved every minute of it. It was exactly how I thought it would be. Isn’t that great? That things turn out the way you hoped them to be? I felt so happy to be on my first solo travel for a longer time!!

Early Morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

When I walked back, into the busy Hanoi traffic, to my hotel I really felt like the happiest person on the entire earth!!

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Early morning activities at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

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