Hanoi is one of the oldest cities in Vietnam. Many years ago, they were colonized by the French. And now you can see Hanoi with many cultural heritages, temples, pagodas, and mouth-watering food influenced by the French and Chinese. Here are the 10 Best Tourist Spots in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Hanoi’s 10 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions
1. Hạ Long Bay
Ha Long Bay should be in every traveller’s bucket list when they visit Vietnam. This place was recognised as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Ha Long Bay has about 2,000 large and small limestone bedrocks found on the surface of the calm sea. Make sure to visit Thien Cung Cave, one of the unique caves in Ha Long Bay.
2. Núi Trầm Shenshan
Shenshan is one of Hanoi’s 2020 most popular tourist attractions. Many young locals come here for outings, picnics, or camping. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Shenshan by taking pictures in front of the white limestone peaks. You can also pay respect in Shen Temple, Hang Temple, and Wuwei Temple for an opportunity to see Vietnam’s religious culture.
3. Hồ Hoàn Kiếm Hoan Kiem Lake
If you are into beautiful landscapes, then you must visit the Hoan Kiem Lake District. There are many legends in Hoan Kiem Lake. But one of them is the ancient Vietnamese emperor who used to sink his sword at the bottom of the lake to win a battle and then return it to the turtle god. Watching the sunset on the red bridge by the lake is the best way to end your day.
4. Hanoi Confucian Temple-Guozijian
Hanoi Confucian Temple-Guozijian is the 3rd most important cultural relic in Vietnam. It is located on the west side of Hoan Kiem Lake. It is the oldest university in Vietnam and a high-level institution dedicated to cultivating national management talents.
The Hanoi Confucian Temple is divided into five courtyards, representing the five elements of “gold, wood, water, fire, and earth” and the five virtues “benevolence, justice, etiquette, wisdom, and faith”. If you are interested in the traditional Chinese Confucianism influence in Vietnam, then this is the place you want to go.
Address: 58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Timings: Daily, 8am to 6pm
5. Hoàng thành Thăng Long
The Imperial City of Thang Long is one of the most important places in the history of Vietnam. The Imperial City of Thang Long was also included in the World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO.
During ancient times, Emperor Li Gongyun (ie Li Taizu) moved the capital from Hualu in Ninh Binh Province to Daluo City and rebuilt Thang Long City on the basis of the original Daluo City. Shenglong City is divided into three layers: the outer city is called Luocheng or Jingcheng and the middle city is called the Imperial City.
Address: 19C Hoàng Diệu, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm
6. Chùa Trấn Quốc
The West Lake Zhen Guo Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi. It is located in Goldfish Island on the southeast bank of West Lake.
Zhenguo Temple was the capital of Buddhism during the Li-Chen period. It was built in accordance with Buddhist principles. The Zhenguo Temple card stands proudly in front of the temple. Channel your inner peace in this temple and see how the locals worship Buddha.
Address: Đ. Thanh Niên, Yên Phụ, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Timings: Daily, 8am to 4pm
7. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is the place to enjoy Vietnamese traditional and classic cultural performances. The water puppet show stage is built on a pool, and the performers use bamboo poles and long lines to manipulate the puppets in the background. The shows are based on the deeds of their national heroes, folk tales, and common people. During the performance, water, firecrackers, and smoke are used to create special effects, together with an orchestra accompaniment that includes drums, flutes, guzheng, violin, and many more.
Buy your tickets here.
Address: 57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Another place where you can enjoy Vietnam’s culture and entertainment is the Hanoi Opera House. The Opera House was built in the early 20th century, a typical architectural monument from the French colonial period. The Grand Theater is designed with a combination of Romanesque and French architectural styles.
Address: 01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
9. Đồng Xuân Market Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi is the best shopping place for tourists to buy souvenirs. This is also the largest market in Hanoi, with a total of three floors and more than 100 stalls. Here, you can also buy daily necessities, clothes, bags, shoes, dry goods, sweets, etc.
Address: 15 Cầu Đông, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Business hours: Daily, 6am to 6pm
10. Hỏa Lò Prison Museum
The Hỏa Lò Prison Museum was used to hold prisoners during the Vietnam War. You will find instruments of torture, guillotines, and more here. There are also displays showing a cruel act to prisoners who were tied up.
Address: 1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam.
Timings: Daily, 8am to 5pm
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