Vietnamese Mythology Series┋[1/3] Locations┋Hồ Hoàn Kiếm
Similar to King Arthur and his sword, Excalibur, Vietnamese EmperorLê Lợi possessed a magical sword of his own. When the Ming warriors from China invaded Vietnam, Lê Lợi formed a rebel army to fight off the invaders. A local deity, Long Vương (Dragon King), heard of this and decided to lend Lê Lợi his sword named Thuận Thiên (Heaven’s will) to aid in the revolt. According to legend, the sword had the ability to allow its wielder to grow in size and possess the strength of a thousand men. With this sword, Lê Lợi was able to fight off the Ming and put an end to a ten year battle.
Lê Lợi took the throne after China recognized Vietnam as an independent state. When he went out boating a demi-deity named Kim Quy (Golden Turtle) came and took the sword back to his master the Dragon King. After the large turtle returned to the depths of the lake, Lê Lợi came to terms that the sword was gone, then renamed the lake to Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Lake of the returned sword).