Hanoi Attractions

Hanoi Attractions

The gem of Vietnam is the capital city of Hanoi. Busy, with a metro population of more than 6 million people, frenetic Hanoi has a host of highlights to take in. Here are our summarized must-see attractions in the city that you may not want to miss while being here.

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1. Hoan Kiem Lake: If you are about to visit Hanoi for a few days, it is very likely that you will reside somewhere near Hoan Kiem Lake.The lake is considered the center of Hanoi, not only physically but also symbolically. In fact, the more you spend time learning about the lake, the more special it becomes.
2. 36 old streets: One of the reasons that Hanoi- the capital city of Vietnam, has attracted so many tourists over the years is its Old Quarter (36 old streets and guilds). It is an area well-known for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount and diversity of products and even the everyday life of its residents.
  3. Temple of literature: The Temple of Literature is about 10 minutes away from Hoan Kiem lake. It was constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university of Vietnam
  4. The One-pillar pagoda: the One-pillar pagoda or Dien Huu pagoda, has one of the most special architectures in Vietnam. The pagoda is situated next to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, right in the center of Hanoi.
  5. Ly Quoc Su Pagoda: Located at 50 Ly Quoc Su Street in the Old Quarter, only 50m from St Joseph’s Cathedral, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is one of the oldest ones of its kind in Hanoi. Built in 1131, Ly Quoc Su Pagoda has been renovated several times, especially in 1954 when it was destroyed during the French colonial period. Nonetheless, this nearly-900-year-old Vietnamese-styled temple has preserved many precious antiques like Buddha statue or the precious bell of Tu Chung, as well as the meticulous architecture of unique carving patterns.
  6. Saint Joseph Cathedral: Located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago.
  7. Hanoi Opera House: Amid the flow of Hanoi’s history of 1000 years old, Hanoi Opera House proudly stands at the heart of central Hanoi as one of its most famous architectural, cultural and political symbol.
  8. Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street: Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house at 87 Ma May street which was built at the late of the twentieth century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses on Hanoi street.
  9. Hanoi Flag Tower: Hanoi Flag Tower at the age of nearly 200 years is renowned as one of the symbols of Hanoi. The construction began in 1805 and completed in 1812, the 11th year of Gia Long time, Nguyen dynasty, five years after construction time of Flag Tower in Hue.
  10. Long Bien Bridge: If Hoan Kiem Lake with special green water and the red wooden bridge named The Huc is the symbol of an elegant and charming ancient city; Red river and Long Bien bridge may be seen as the symbol of courageous capital in wars
  11. Thang Long Citadel: A host of treasures hidden underneath and left on the ground over 1,300 years has earned the core of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel UNESCO recognition as a world cultural heritage site.
  12. Hoa Lo Prison – Hanoi Hilton: Just 10-15 minutes away from the Hanoi Meracus Hotel, Hoa Lo Prison is well worth a visit. The French colonialists use Hoa Lo to imprison many patriots and communist prisoners. After 1954, this site was use by the Vietnamese government as a jail for criminal prisoners. In 1996, Hoa Lo Prison was moved to the suburbs of Hanoi and a 26-floor tower used for hotel and offices was built in this area. One building at the front and the gate of the prison were kept as a museum
  13. West Lake – Tran Quoc Pagoda – Quan Thanh Temple: Covering a broad area north and west of central Hanoi, West Lake is home to lots of recent housing developments. In fact, the east shore of West Lake is more or less the “Beverly Hills” of Hanoi, where the best and brightest young Hanoians and expats call home. The lake is also steeped in legend and is bordered by several significant pagodas.
1. Vietnam War Memorial:
Across from the Ba Dinh Square from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Building and in between Ho Chi Minh complex and Thang Long ancient city is Vietnam War Memorial. Built in 1993, the Memorial commemorates men and women who have sacrificed themselves to protect national independence and freedom. The main
monument is situated in a well-balanced area of trees, yards and ponds, following the traditional architecture arrangement of Vietnam.
2. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Modeled after the Mausoleum of Lenin in Russia, Ho ChiMinh Mausoleum is one-of-its kind in the world. The building is dedicated to house Ho Chi Minh’s preserved body and a place where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the national hero while. It is popularly known among Vietnamese as Uncles’ Mausoleum, for the intimate and familiar atmosphere Ho Chi Minh always created when he was alive
3. Ba Dinh square: The square adjacent to the Ho Chi Minh complex is called Ba Dinh square, where many important national historical events in modern history took place. The square was originally developed by French colony and known as Round Point Pugininer. On September 2nd, 1945 – now Vietnam National Day- Ho Chi Minh has read the Vietnam Independence Declaration
4. Vietnam History Museum: The oldest of its kind in Vietnam, Vietnam History Museum lies silently on the back of the renowned Hanoi Opera House. It was built in 1926 under the name Louis Finot Museum by the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient and finish in 1932. After being taken over by Vietnamese Government, the museum changed its official name to Museum of Vietnam History and opened to the public on 3 September 1958.
5. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: This is the most recent yet probably the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting museums in Hanoi and Vietnam. The Museum comes out of the recognition that Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country and that more attention should be paid to promote socio-cultural diversity. Despite being out of the way compared with other museums in Hanoi, VietnamMuseum of Ethnology is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multiculturality of Vietnam and for those who would appreciate some green space.
6. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum: Just across the street from the Temple of Literature, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum can be found spotted easily from afar. Like many other buildings that house museums in Hanoi, it was built in the 1930s as a Girl School for Indochina high-ranked officers. In 1966, it officially became Vietnam Fine Arts Museum where store many of Vietnamese artistic essences.
7. Vietnam Museum of Revolution: If you are touring along Tran Quang Khai road or Tong Dan street, chances are that you will be stopped out of curiosity and admiration by the unique French style architecture of Vietnam Museum of Revolution. Built in 1917 by the French colony, the place is now dedicated to displaying artifacts, documentaries and sporadic exhibitions about Vietnamese’s struggle in modern history
8. Museum of History of Vietnamese Military: Also popularly known as Military Museum, this is one of the oldest museums in Hanoi. It is particularly interesting to see and important for those wishing to learn about Vietnam, because most of the country’s history is about war and fighting for independence. There are both indoors and outdoors sections with display of military-related artifacts
9. Ho Chi Minh Museum: One of the most resourceful museums in Hanoi and undoubtedly in the country, Ho Chi Minh museum is conveniently located in the Ho Chi Minh complex. It can be combined in your day trip to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-pillar Pagoda, Ba Dinh square, the War Memorial and the Military Museum. The whole museum is a elaborate description of Ho Chi Minh’s life, with 8 chronological topics.
10. Vietnam Women’s Museum: Despite being a patriarchal society, Viet Nam still reserves a special, if not sacred, place to honour Vietnamese women. The museum displays rather recent history of women, such as women and ethnicity; women and the national struggle; Vietnam women association and the feminism; women and traditional costumes; and women’s cultural traits expressed through handicrafts.
1. Bat Trang Pottery Village: Bat Trang, traditional porcelain and pottery village with history of seven centuries, is an interesting attraction in Hanoi that tourists should not ignore.
2. Van Phuc Silk Village: situated on the bank of Nhue River, about 10km southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Van Phuc silk village is renowned for its traditional weaving and premium quality silk products. At the age of more than 1,200 years, Van Phuc is proud to be the most ancient silk village which provides the best silk in Vietnam
1. Hanoi Water Puppet Theatre: Located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang street, nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet shows and discovery the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art.
2. Dong Xuan Market: Dong Xuan market is at the West end of Hanoi Old quarter, surrounded by Dong Xuan street Hang Khoai street and Cau Dong street. Although located in the Old Quarters, the market is fairly young compared with the surrounding streets. It used to be an empty lot in front of Huyen Thien pagoda. Old Hanoi residents gradually developed trade activities here because of its proximity to the river, which made it convenient for transportation of
goods.
3. Hanoi Night Market: Hanoi night market, also known as Dong Xuan night market, is weekly held on weekend evenings in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. It’s a very interesting place that all visitors should not miss if they have chance to travel to Hanoi.
1. Bach Thao (Botanic Garden) Park: Bach Thao means “hundreds of plants” and like its name, the park is one of the few green areas in the increasingly industrialized city of Hanoi.
2. Thong Nhat Park:Thong Nhat Park is located next to Hanoi Circus, about 15 minutes by bike to the Old Quarter.

(Source: www.vietnamonline.com)

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