West Lake (Ho Tay) - Hanoi

This week was full of drizzle and rain. Yesterday I have been out with a group of photographers catching some images for a self given assignment and it poured down on us for some time.

As I awoke today – what a difference.

No rain today, not harsh direct sunlight in the beginning and not so humid as in the weeks before. A good time to explore some other part of Hanoi.

Ho Tay, the West lake, which is in the northern part of Hanoi City.

This lake is the largest in Hanoi with a shore length of around 13 to 17km depending if you stick to the shore or not.  It is a popular place for recreation with many surrounding hotels and villas and gardens.

Several legends surround the origins of West Lake (Ho Tay). One legend suggests that the lake was shaped after a battle between Lac Long Quan and a night-tail fox spirit, another goes into the creation by a buffalo. You surely can find out something about this on the Internet if you are interested.

West Lake is bordered with many significant places in history of Hanoi and Vietnam. Tran Quoc Pagoda, oldest pagoda in Vietnam, on a small island in the middle of the lake. There is as well the Quan Thanh Temple, one of the Four Sacred Temples of ancient Hanoi.

Walking around the lake I found that catching was one of the main things to do here. Some catch fish, some photos, some try to catch a girlfriend and the every time helpful and for customer looking bike drivers and taxis.

Here are some expressions I painted with my light device.