Famous tourist attractions of Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the pride of the nation with the history of thousand years of civilization associated with the ancient relics and peaceful life. When you travel to this special city, you may like to visit Hanoi attractions which cover the natural landscapes, and the historical-cultural relics of the old capital. Here are famous places to list in your itinerary to visit Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the place where President Ho Chi Minh’s remains are conserved. The construction was begun on September 2, 1973, at the location of the old stadium on Ba Dinh Square, where Uncle Ho read the independent declaration of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. When coming to this area, tourists can visit Uncle Ho inside the mausoleum and explore a complex of beautiful historical-cultural buildings surrounding his tomb. At night, at Ba Dinh Square, many local people also come to enjoy the fresh air with their family.

One Pillar Pagoda

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One Pillar Temple. ©Sinh Dang/Pixabay

One Pillar Pagoda is a unique architectural complex consisting of a temple and a dais in the middle of the lake, inside the area of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Although this pagoda is really small, it becomes one of the symbols of Hanoi. The pagoda was built on a single pillar, so the local people call it Chua Mot Cot (it means One-Pillar Pagoda). This site should not miss when you visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh museum

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

The museum is built on the aspirations of the Vietnamese people to express gratitude and memorial to the great work and determination of President Ho Chi Minh – the great leader of Vietnam. The artifacts displayed here are divided into three parts: Life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh and how Vietnamese people implementing his will, the struggle and victory of Vietnamese people, and sections of a number of historical events in the world that affected the revolutionary life of President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese revolution.

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Hoan Kiem Lake

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Hanoi Sword Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Ho Guom, is a natural freshwater lake of Hanoi. This place is associated with the legend of  “Golden Turtle and the Magic Sword” and is considered the pearl of Hanoi. Here visitors can enjoy a colorful and poetic painting, with purple lace trees around the banks interbedded with red flowers and yellow celtis.

Temple of Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son temple)

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The bridge goes into Ngoc Son Temple.

Located on Ngoc Son Island in Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of Jade Mountain) is also a must-see destination when visiting Hanoi. Together with Hoan Kiem Lake, The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple has formed a complete ancient beautiful complex that evokes the feeling of harmony between people and nature. Let’s take a walk on the The Huc Bridge to Ngoc Son Temple, and enjoy the life around the Hoan Kiem Lake to help you love more Hanoi City.

Hanoi Temple of Literature

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Literature of Temple in Hanoi

Hanoi Temple of Literature (Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam) is a famous place for tourists and the local people. It is because this site has a typical value of history and culture in the life of Hanoians and the Vietnamese people. Especially, this construction used to be the first university in the nation, so it becomes a big spirit of education of the Vietnamese. When visiting this temple, visitors can find the motivation to overcome the difficulties in education, so they can achieve their target in real life. Besides the educational spirit, the Temple of Literature also has beautiful architecture. That is great to visit here to take some pictures to remember the time in Hanoi City.

Long Bien bridge

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Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi

Long Bien Bridge is the first steel bridge built by the French across the Red River that connects two districts: Hoan Kiem and Long Bien. Long Bien Bridge, a witness of history, is an integral part of Hanoi. It was associated with two great wars in Vietnam. Visit the Long Bien Bridge at the sunset is the best time to have lovely pictures with a classic style. Take a walk on the walking side of the bridge is great to feel the historical time still living at the present.

Hanoi Opera House

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Hanoi Opera House

This is one of the famous destinations of Hanoi. It is wonderful to sit in front of the theatre listening to music while enjoying Trang Tien ice cream and watching life gone. This building is the old architecture of Fench influence, so the Opera House of Hanoi also shows the connection between the French and Vietnamese style, and between the historical time and modern life. A photo at this house will give you a perfect memory when you visit Hanoi Capital of Vietnam.

Ho Tay – West Lake

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It’s beautiful sunset in West Lake. ©Ha Ha/Pixabay

The West Lake is the biggest lake in downtown Hanoi. It is 500 hectares (1235 acres) in the area. Associated with many legends, it has taken many names: Dam Dam, Lang Bac, Xac Cao. Its present name is based on its position west of the city Hanoi. Early in the morning or at sunset the West Lake is the best time to come to this place.

The West Lake is the most romantic corner in multi-colored paintings of Hanoi. It is a world of pure breeze, the breadth and lyrical. Until now, it remains the source of inspiration for poets, writers, and artists. There are many songs, poems written about West Lake. It strongly comes and lives in the hearts of Hanoi and many people coming here once.

With the above-mentioned attractions in Hanoi, we hope you feel easier to select your list of destinations when traveling to Hanoi. Have a nice and memorable trip to the beautifully diverse city!

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