Tortoise tower ~ Hanoi, Vietnam
Nov 30 2001

After one thousand years of subjugation to the Chinese, heaven gave Emperor Le Loi a magical sword to drive them out and free the Vietnamese people. Some time later, while enjoying independence by boating on the lake, a huge tortoise emerged from the water, grabbed the heavenly sword and disappeared. To this day the lake is known as Ho Hoan Kiem, or 'Lake of the Restored Sword'. This little tower is built on a tiny island in the lake to honor the tortoise who returned the sword to the gods.

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nigel & julie snow