As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is home of a large number of must-see attractions. Anywhere is beautiful. If you have a plan to visit Hanoi, spend at least 2 days to explore the city. With your limited time, we will highly recommend some places that you should not miss as visiting and discovering the ancient land in the north of Vietnam:
Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Located in a crowded city in the middle of Hanoi, Hanoi Old Quarter with its ancient style and narrow streets, but full of motorbikes, food street vendors and shop, has an attractive beauty inside the dynamic atmosphere of the modern city. Hanoi Old Quarter is famous with 36 small streets – a bustling area where merchants and artisans gathered to sell their products, each street bears the name of goods that was specifically traded such as Hang Ma (Paper Product), Hang Bac (Silver Product), etc.
Tran Quoc pagoda
Located on a small penisula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. The architecture of this Buddhist center is a subtle combination between the solemn and beautiful landscape on the peaceful and quiet ambiance of West Lake’s surface. Thanks to these historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda attracts many tourists to pay a visit, both inside and outside of Vietnam.
Hoan Kiem lake
It is a small lake, with its banks turned into a lovely park. The name is origined from an ancient legend under the Le Dynasty: the emperor Le Loi returned a magic sword to the Golden Turtle God who resided in the lake. Today, the lake holds a small pagoda in its centre known as Turtle Tower (or Thap Rua) in honour of the sword’s return.
In a bustling city like Hanoi, Hoan Kiem lake is a peaceful place to walk around, even when you are there on a dull day. From here, visitors can cross a bright red wooden bridge, called The Huc bridge and reach the Jade Mountain Temple (or Ngoc Son Temple).
The One-pillar pagoda
The pagoda is situated next to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, right in the center of Hanoi. It’s one of the most unique architectures in Vietnam. The pagoda was built under Ly’s dynasty based on one pillar. The pagoda now became one of the most meaningful symbols of Hanoi.
Temple of Literature & National University
Not far from Hoan Kiem lake, it was constructed under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university of Vietnam. With ancient beauty, Temple of literature has one of the most typical architecture style for centuries in Vietnam, composed of wood and tiles. Along the pass way is hundred-year-old trees that have witnessed ups and downs of history.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
This is an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh. Visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the common father/uncle of Vietnamese who has led the country to independence and reunification. It is popularly known among Vietnamese as Uncles’ Mausoleum, for the intimate and familiar atmosphere Ho Chi Minh always created when he was alive.
(Source: Internet, Tripadvisor)