Hanoi Attractions

If you want multiple tour activities, Vietnam delivers. With such a long coastline and numerous mountains as well as green rice fields, Vietnam can offer you astonishing natural beauties, incredible heritages, amazing pagodas and temples and lovely beaches.

Here are several overviews of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Hanoi capital of Vietnam for you to prefer.

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum

1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most visited attractions in Hanoi. There rests the most popular Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh. The inspiration to build this mausoleum is come from the Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow added with Vietnamese style. The mausoleum will close for about two months each year from October when his embalmed body will transported to Russia for maintenance to ensure he will “live forever”.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday and weekends from 08:00 – 11:00 (Closed on Monday and Friday )

2.One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most iconic historical sites, rising from a pillar in the lake. The Pagoda is situated in the park behind the museum near Ba Dinh Square at Ong Ich Kiem Street in the Ba Dinh District.

Opening Hours: Entrance is free and the pagoda is open daily from 08:00-17:00

3.Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter at night
Hanoi Old Quarter at night

Old Quarter is one of the city’s top tourists hot spots offering charming French colonial architecture, Buddhist Temples and pagodas. As the major commercial district in Hanoi, the streets are always packed with motorbikes, bicycles and cars running around the pedestrians as well as sidewalk vendors selling fruits and local specialties.

4. Temple of Literature

About 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university is often regarded as the most beautiful tourists sites. It is a well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture in Hanoi and founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong dedicated to Confucius.

Opening Hours: From 08:00 – 17:00 from November until March and 07:30 – 18:00 for the rest of the year. Closed on a Monday

5. Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House

The beautiful yellow Hanoi Opera House was built in 1911 when during the French Colonization. It is a classic French-style architecture blending with Gothic style which share some similarity with Palais Garnier in Paris.

6. Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake in Autumn
Hoan Kiem Lake in Autumn

It is located in the center of the city with a area of 12 hectare. Surrounded by green trees, Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword lake) is an ideal place to escape from the noise city center. The lake is full of tortoise which is considered a sacred animal in Vietnam’s culture.

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