As the capital of Vietnam, with more than 1,000 years of history, Hanoi has many attractive cultural and historical sites that attract a lot of domestic and international tourists. Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the ancient houses in Hanoi with quaint streets of job characteristics, along with outstanding monuments such as Temple of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam), draw numerous visitors.
The Grand Opera House and the One Pillar Pagoda are the two famous tourist attractions that should not miss when traveling in Hanoi.
There are many monuments and other attractions in Hanoi, including the Presidential Palace, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, West Lake, and some famous museums such as the Ethnology Museum, Vietnam History Museum, and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
- Here are 10 famous destinations you should go when visiting Hanoi
Here are 10 famous destinations you should go when visiting Hanoi
1. Hoan Kiem Lake
The Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the central position of the city, with an ancient turtle tower lying a small peninsula between the lake. The Hoan Kiem Lake is surrounded by impressive buildings and precious heritages of the city, such as Pen Tower Pen, The Huc Bridge, and Ngoc Son Temple.
Tourists to Hanoi should visit Sword Lake because it is the symbol and treasure of the capital. The legend of the Sword Lake, where thousand-year-old tortoise, solemn Turtle Tower, and sacred Ngoc Son Temple, will be gathered by various foreign tourists.
2. Ba Dinh Square – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Tourists arriving in Hanoi can not ignore the political center of Vietnam with the Parliament, the Presidential Palace, historic Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum housed and kept the President’s corpse.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opens five days a week, on Tuesday morning, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors must comply with the requirements as dressed up, not bring electrical equipment that could record, and keep order in the mausoleum.
3. Pillar Pagoda
The Buddhist One Pillar Pagoda is almost peerless in Vietnam, with a history that dates back a full millennium. The iconic landmark was badly defaced by French troops in 1954 but was rebuilt decades later.
Hanoi city has also Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest ancient temple, was built in the reign of King Ly Nam De (6th century).
4. Temple of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam):
Temple of Literature is the first university of Vietnam, the feudal university only that exists in the country. The temple is located on Van Mieu Street, 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is a famous historical and cultural relic consisting of the Temple of Literature.
The temple was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.
5. Thang Long Imperial 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.
At the No. 18 Hoang Dieu archaeological site, scientists found imprints typical of the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties that revealed much about the origin of Thang Long Imperial Citadel more than 1,300 years ago.
Covering a land area of 47,700 sq. m, the site is enclosed by Hoang Van Thu road to the north, Bac Son road to the south, Hoang Dieu road to the east and Doc Lap road to the west.
Situated on Hoang Dieu Street, Thang Long Imperial Citadel with the Temple of Literature in Hanoi places tourists usually love. With spacious, airy space with a green grass shelf before historical relics of Hanoi is a beautiful setting for you to record beautiful moments in Hanoi.
6. The old quarters in Hanoi
Hanoi has an old quarter of 36 streets with thousands of roofed houses that have existed since the initial establishment of the city, creating a unique beauty.
The old houses reflect the cultural development of Hanoi. You can wander all day on the ancient streets and explore the peaceful place in the capital of Hanoi. You are going to a new place where you feel the beauty of the people of Hanoi, close and familiar.
7. Hanoi Cathedral
Hanoi Cathedral is located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. Hanoi Cathedral was built on the site of the former Bao Thien Tower, which was famous in the ancient capital of Thang Long under the Ly Dynasty (the 11th and 12th centuries).
Hanoi Cathedral, also known as Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, was inaugurated on Christmas Day 1886, two years after its construction. Its design is similar to the architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
8. West Lake
To the north of the old quarter is the enormous Ho Tay. This lake is the largest in Hanoi with a shore length of around 17km (10.6 miles) and is a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels, and villas.
West Lake is located not far from the city’s center; West Lake is the largest lake in the town. You can rent a bike or a boat to trip around West Lake. West Lake is next to Nghi Tam old village, where also retains the hobby of ancient Hanoians. Nghi Tam Street is also called the flower village; every spring is the holiday to the town that is filled in the colors of fresh flowers.
9. Long Bien Bridge
The bridge is not only a historical witness, connecting the two banks of the Red River, a bridge between the simple and peaceful lives of residents living in the central beach of Red River to the noise and bustle of urban place.
10. Central Beach of Red River
The beach place in the center of Red River that runs through Hanoi is a familiar name alluvial fertile strip of land. It is a beautiful photography in Hanoi that the young people love. From looking down on the Long Bien bridge in Hanoi will see a completely different landscape of the hustle and bustle of urban.
It is blessed for sandy beaches stretching along with white cotton fields of reeds, swaying in the gentle wind, the green bananas on the sidelines, making a peaceful, natural, and fresh feeling.