Hanoi is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam that you should not skip when coming here. This capital is a perfect combination of modern and ancient features with unique beauty. There are so many attractive things here such as relics, sights, cuisine... And below are 10 best destinationsin Hanoi we recommend you to visit.
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1. Night market and The Old Quarter of Hanoi
Night market usually opens from 7 p.m at the weekends, alongthe walking street in the Old Quarter. This market has everything from traditional ornaments to clothing that you can buy with low price.
The Old Quarter of Hanoi
European tourists consider the Old Quarter of Hanoi as originality place. With total area of about 100 ha, the Old Quarter of Hanoi is located in the heart of the capital, near Hoan Kiem lake. In the past, this destination included streets and relics. The name of each street represented the merchandise sold there. Currently, some streets sell their traditional goods but some don’t any more. In this district, history, culture and religious intermingle well together, creating an unique attraction for Hanoi. The activities of the inhabitants such as producing, trading, organizing festivals have also created the vitality of this Old Quarter.
2. Hoan Kiem Lake
Located in the centre of city, within easy walking distance from anywhere in the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem lake is the locals' favorite leisure spot and a great place to do morningexercise everyday. Hoan Kiem means "returning sword" and the name comes from a famous legend about King Le Loi, who was given a magical sword by the gods, he used it against the Chinese invading.
After taking victory, while boating on the lake, he encountered a giant turtle. The turtle grabbed the sword and carried it down to the lake, returning to the gods from whom it had come. In rumor, the giant turtle still inhabit the lake, and there is a mummified specimen on display at the Ngoc Son Temple.
3. Ho Tay - West Lake
West Lake, the mirror of Hanoi expands over an area of 500 ha. West Lake is the widest lake in the capital, near the city center.It is considered as a residential hub of the well-to-do. Hotel Intercontinental and Hanoi Sheraton are on this lakefront. The shores areoccupied by numerous fishmen, you can go fishing here with them. This is also a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. It is good idea to go to this lake at the end of the afternoon to do exercise or go shopping. Particularly, you can visit Tran Quoc Pagoda - one of Hanoi's 4 most sacred pagodas.
4. Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is the ensemble of important architectural works that have been built for several years under a lot of dynasties. It is known as the most important in the system of historical relics of Vietnam. With an area of 20 ha, The Imperial Citadel includes the archaeological zone at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and cultural remains of the ancient citadel of Hanoi such as Bac Mon and Doan Mon gates, the palace Hau Lau, the Tower of the flag of Hanoi...
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is surrounded by four streets: Phan Dinh Phung Street to the north, Dien Bien Phu Street to the south, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street to the east and Hoang Dieu Street to the west.
5. Prison Hoa Lo
This prison was built by the French at the turn of the 20th century, in classical French prison design. This is place where the French imprisoned and executed many Vietnamese revolutionaries. The museum exhibits a lotsartifacts about the brutal French colonial regime and the struggle of the Vietnamese people against the imperialism. The prison was also known as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War because it held American POW's shot down.
6. Lang Toi - My Village at Hanoi Opera House
Lang Toi - My Village is a 60-minute journey to discover Vietnamese culture. The show recreates poetic Vietnamese village life with breathtaking cirque techniques, stunning acrobatics, graceful contortion, metaphoric juggling performed by skilled artists. The music is uniquely composed from 20 exotic folk instruments and performed live by seasoned musical artists. Lang Toi is performed regularly at Hanoi Opera House. Schedule & ticket at the Opera House box office opens from 9am - 6pm.
7. The temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature established in 1070 is considered as Vietnam’s first university. The courtyard hasa lot of stone tablets, each on the back of a tortoise, with the names of graduates over the centuries.
8. The Ho Chi Minh President's Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh) is the final resting place of Revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where Uncle Ho (President of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969) read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. It is also known as Ba Dinh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Ba Đình) and is open to the public. There is a stilt house lying behind this mausoleum, where the President Ho Chi Minh lived in 1960s. The house is in the middle of the garden and there is a fish pond in front of this house. The Presidential Palace was built in the early 1900s. Currently, the palace is reserved to important foreign delegations.
9. The Hanoi Museum
Beingone of the world's most beautiful museums, the Hanoi Museum (Hanoi, Vietnam) was built in the form of an inverted pyramid, with a spiral staircase inside to take visitors to the exhibition spaces.
10. The suburbans of Hanoi
Cu Da old village, located between Ha Dong and Thanh Tridistrict, is a special-beside-river village. Particularly, this village still retains an ancient architectural construction of the Red River Delta such as Linh Minh Pagoda, Thuong temple, Trung temple....Every year, on the 14th of the first lunar month, people in Cu Da village celebrate the festival of the Great Era; The Great Feast is held every five years.
Bat Trang Pottery villageis a very famous place for pottery. It is located in Bat Trang commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi, only one hour by bus from Hanoi. Here you can visit the Eco park and try some handmade ceramics under the guidance of the artisans.