Best places to visit in Hanoi (Internet)
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam has enough distinction for foreign tourists not to confuse with any other urban centers in Asia. Discover best places to visit in Hanoi under the recommendation of travellingtovietnam.net to see how special this city is:
In the center of Hanoi
10. One Pillar Pagoda
Located in the heart of Hanoi, One Pillar Pagoda is an overall extremely unique architecture of Vietnam, also known as Lien Hoa Dai or Dien Huu pagoda (long lasting happiness and luck). This temple was built in 1049 to reappear a strange dream of King Ly Thai Tong. It was built in the center of the lake and shaped like a lotus flower blossoming in the lake. The pagoda was damaged heavily in the war. In 1955, it was reconstructed based on old architecture and has existed till today.
One Pillar Pagoda (Internet)
Located not far from the city center, West Lake is the largest lake of Hanoi and in the list of Hanoi Vietnam points of interest not only for locals but also for many international tourists. The most appropriate time to West Lake is at sunset. At this time, you can participate in fun activities such as boating, biking, shopping, etc. Specially, you also have the opportunity to visit Tran Quoc pagoda - one of the four sacred ancient pagodas in Hanoi.
8. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, right near Hoan Kiem Lake is in Hanoi points of interest that many tourists cannot ignore. Puppets are performed on the water and controlled by artists behind the curtain. Stories in performances clearly express Vietnamese life and culture and are loved by many foreign tourists.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre (Internet)
7. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Uncle Mausoleum) is the resting place of the great leader of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh. The mausoleum was officially started on 2nd Sept, 1973 at the former platform in Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence. This place is in top tourist attractions in Hanoi and one of Vietnam destinations as well. It opens 5 days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Visitors must comply with requirements of correct clothing, not bring filming devices and keep order in the mausoleum.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Internet)
6. Presidential Palace Historical Site
Behind Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a modest stilt house where Ho Chi Minh President lived in the 1960s. The house is in the style of a traditional countryside house with lush gardens and a carp pond. The historical complex also includes Presidential Palace built for French governor in the colonial period of the early 1900s. This building is now used for welcoming international delegations and it doesn’t open for the public.
Presidential Palace Historical Site (Internet)
5. Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison located on Hoa Lo Street, Hoan Kiem district was built by French colonialists in 1896 with a total area of over 12,000 m². The prison was built with the purpose of detention of prisoners and political crimes. It also is one of the largest and solidest prisons of Indochinese time and in the list of top 10 most notorious prisons in the world. Today, Hoa Lo has only a small corner for tourists to visit.
Hoa Lo Prison (Internet)
4. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Tourists are welcome to visit and study about ethnology from religious events to symbolic rituals of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology - best place to visit in Hanoi. The museum currently has 3 main areas: One area includes galleries, offices and research facilities, libraries; the second one is an outdoor exhibition area; and the third one is to introduce the culture of abroad ethnic groups, mainly in Southeast Asia nations.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Internet)
3. Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature is dedicated to Confucius, the first national university of Vietnam and put stelae of doctors. This is the competition place to choose talents all over the country. There is also the teaching area, and stelae mounted on stone turtles wrote scholars’ and doctors’ names throughout ancient dynasties. Today, the Temple of Literature becomes a popular destination of tourists in Hanoi, especially contestants often come here for luck before each exam.
Temple of Literature (Internet)
2. Hanoi’s Old Quarter
One of top Hanoi points of interest is old quarter with 36 streets where have old houses and streets still retaining their look from the 19th century. You can wander ancient streets all day without boredom and explore peaceful and simple places of Hanoi capital. Let’s come there to feel the beauty of the people of Hanoi - close and homely.
Hanoi’s Old Quarter (Internet)
1. Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Returned Sword)
The unique geographical feature of Hanoi is that there are many lakes in the heart of the city and surrounding it is large rivers. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi where people usually go there to escape the noisy life. Moreover, near Hoan Kiem Lake, there are many impressive architecture and precious heritages such as Pen tower (Thap But), Ink Slab (Dai Nghien), The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Internet)
In the suburbs of Hanoi
1. Bat Trang pottery village
Among best places to visit in Hanoi, Vietnam, Bat Trang pottery village is the place you should visit in the suburbs of Hanoi. It is 20km from the city center, close to the left of the Red River. You can come there by motorcycle or bus. Bat Trang has been the famous and high quality pottery production of Vietnam for ages.
Bat Trang pottery village (Internet)
You can go around the village to see ceramic workshops, unique walls full of dried coals or rustic old houses. If you come here, you can walk to the riverside to discover Bat Trang by an unique mean called "cattle car" (xe trâu).
Specially, in small pottery workshops, you can manually create your own ceramic products or paint cups, ceramic souvenirs as gifts for friends and relatives. The price of these products is around 30,000 VNĐ (1.5 USD).
2. Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park is a nature reserve with poetic and grandeur beauty of mountain range covered by the forest. It is one of beautiful places in Hanoi, about 48km from the center of the capital, and it takes about 2 hours to come there.
Ba Vi National Park (Internet)
Ba Vi is famous for mountain peaks covered with clouds all year. You will discover beautiful natural landscapes and diverse plant and animal species. On the highest mountain, there is a sacred temple from the 11th century really worth visiting. Apart from peaceful and pristine rural scenery, natural hot springs are also one thing surely attracting you to visit Ba Vi.