West Lake The Hanoi’s Lung

West Lake is one famous palace of Hanoi . Since Thang Long was selected as the capital of Dai Viet, the West Lake region has actively participated in the process of Thang Long cultural establishment.

West Lake The Hanoi s Lung

West Lake is an ancient land,a specific cultural space of Hanoi capital. West Lake was created from a curved part of Red River and appeared in several Vietnamese legends. One legend suggests that West Lake was shaped after the battle between Lac Long Quan and a night-tail fox spirit, that’s why the lake was once called “Fox Corpse Swamp” (Vietnamese: Đầm Xác Cáo). Another folk story claimed that original name of the lake is “Golden Buffalo Lake” (Vietnamese: Hồ Trâu Vàng, or Han Viet: Hồ Kim Ngưu) .

West Lake The Hanoi s Lung

West Lake The Hanoi s Lung

The most popular is the legend of the golden buffalo. As the story goes, there once was a medicine man who was a giant. He is well known in Vietnam for his medicine practice and the king often used him to treat the royal family. His fame reached China and he was invited to China to treat the king. He was successful where others have failed so the king was going to reward him with great wealth. He refused offerings of gold and only requested that the king give him all the black copper in the king’s vault. The king agreed and the giant left for Vietnam with vast amounts of black copper. In Vietnam the giant molded a giant bell of black copper. The giant rang the bell and the sound resonated all the way to China. In the king’s vault there was a golden buffalo. Upon hearing the sound of the bell, the buffalo came to life (because he thought that his mother was calling him) and charged southward. Upon reaching Ha Noi, the buffalo trampled the land in the area near Red river. Over the years, this area filled with water and became Ho Tay or West Lake .

 

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