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Dec, 2019

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Top 10 tourist attractions in Hanoi for  your first trip

Top 10 tourist attractions in Hanoi for your first trip

By Kim Clara

To visit Hanoi, is to see true Vietnam with rich culture and long history. Let us guide you what are places to visit in your first time Hanoi visit


Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with so many hightlights that tourists are lured by its own natural beauty with normal life of Hanoian. Here are the top 10 tourist attractions in Hanoi you should not  miss.


1. Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake or the lake of returned sword marks the historical center of ancient Hanoi. It is attractive to tourists by its legend and the Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the Jade Island leading through the red-painted Morning Sunlight Bridge. Nowadays, it is the first place that every tourists should come first when coming to Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem Lake TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


2. Hanoi’s Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is the combination of the old and new as ancient narrow streets snake between old brick buildings. There are many motorbikes and street vendors walking along Hanoi streets, selling fresh fruits  and gifts of Hanoi. Walking along streets here to enjoy Hanoi streetfood and experience the lifestyle of people living here. 


At weekends, tourists have chance to enjoy the night market,  see some walking streets with entertainments and beverages of Hanoi. Especially, sitting in the beer corner, drinking “Bia hoi” and watching people around you are some of interesting activities for most tourists here.


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3. Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature is the holy place for education. This is also the temple of Confucius and is the first national university of Vietnam built in the 11th  century. This is also the symbol of Hanoi with very special pavilion and 82 Stelae of Doctor.


Temple of Literature TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


4. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam is actually a coagulation of 54 different ethnic groups. The Museum of Ethnology strives to give a better understanding of each region with their own custom and religious belief. It is widely believed to be the best of all the modern museums in Vietnam. Displays include a combination of art, everyday objects, and historic artifacts to better tell the story of each unique culture for both indoor and outdoor exhibition.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


5. Hoa Lo prison

The Hoa Lo Prison or the Maison Central was originally built by the French to house Vietnamese political prisoners in 1896. This prison detained both Vietnamese political and economic prisioners. After 1954, the North Vietnamese Army later used the prison to house for American pilots. Well known figures such as Senator John McCain, James Stockdale and Bud Day were just a few of the many prisoners of war that spent time in this prison. Two thirds of the prison was torn down to make way for the Hanoi Towers; the rest was turned into a museum and is now a popular tourist attraction in Hanoi.


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6. Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace

The Presidential palace was built for the French Governor of the Indochina colony in the early 1900’s. After 1954, the government of Vietnam took over this place and asked the President Ho Chi Minh to live there but Ho Chi Minh refused to live there as it was so luxurious. Nowadays, it is the place for high-ranking level meeting of the government. The house is designed in a well-tended garden  with the impressive colour of its outside architecture.


Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


7. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

It is the final resting place of Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh in Ba Dinh Square, where he read the nation’s declaration of independence in 1945. It is opened to public for free every morning except for Monday and Friday. Every a lot of Vietnamese people and tourists come and queue for a long time to see his body.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


8. Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

This theater celebrates a peasant art form that began in the rice paddies over a thousand years ago. Puppets were simply carved and puppeteers would stand on the surface of water in a paddies field. Traditional Vietnamese instruments perform an opera that narrates the puppets ‘actions. Musicians will interact with puppets showing funny stories of Vietnamese farmer’s life  and their entertainment activities.


Thang Long Water Puppet Theater TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


9. West lake

West Lake is the biggest fresh water lake in Hanoi. It is the place that has the high-end homes of Hanoi’s wealthy live and contains a large number of hotels, restaurants and luxury shops as well. It has been a popular location for residents here for thousands of years. It is also the  place  of the oldest pagoda of Hanoi, which was built in the 6th century.



10. One Pillar Pagoda

This eleventh century temple was built by the emperor in gratitude for finally being blessed by a son. The temple was meant to look like a lotus flower blossoming from a single pillar in the pond, similar to the prophetic dream of the king.

One Pillar Pagoda TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HANOISource: Internet


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