Located next to the West Lake
area, about three kilometres to the northwest of Hoan Kiem lake
, Truc Bach Lake
is one of the most attractive destinations in Hanoi
The name “Truc Bach” means "small creamy white bamboo". West Lake was formerly a very large area. In 1620 the residents of Truc Yen, Truc Quang, and part of Yen Phu nowadays, built a dyke across this lake, which was called Co Ngu dyke ( Co Ngu means "reinforcement"). This dyke later is named Thanh Nien Street. This lake was then divided into two separate lakes. The western part of the lake is West Lake and the eastern side is Truc Bach Lake. The origin of Truc Bach Lake
was named in the reign of King Le and Lord Trinh (17th and 18th centuries). Since there were plenty of small ivory bamboo planted around the lake.
Today, Truc Bach Lake, West Lake and Thanh Nien Road shaded by flamboyant and lagerstroemia trees constitute a harmonious complex of beauty spots that fascinate anyone to Hanoi.
Truc Bach Lake has a very special topography. In the middle of the lake there was a pearl-shaped knoll called Chau Long, a whirlpool, and a dragon conjuring gems. Nearby are famous historical monuments including Quan Thanh Temple
to the southwest of the lake, Chau Long Pagoda to the east and Cau Nhi temple on a small hill near the northern corner of the lake.
In 2000, Truc Bach Lake was planned and upgraded with the circle of streets called Truc Bach and Tran Vu Streets, linking the two ends of Thanh Nien Road. The lake’s banks were paved with stone and surrounded pavements were paved with tiles. Additionally, small flower gardens with roses, daisies and grass were built around the lake. The rows of willow and bamboo trees also make the lake look more beautiful.
Visiting Truc Bach Lake, the visitors can enjoy a cup of Trung Nguyen coffee at nearby restaurants, or row on the lake to behold the landscape.