Hanoi the capital of Vietnam, lies on the banks of the Red River. It is cosy with boulevards, tree-lines, parks, lakes, elegant squares, the old quarter and French colonial buildings, etcs.
Being the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is the Vietnamese centre of culture, where dynasties have left behind their imprint. Even though some relics haven’t survived through wars and time, the city still has a lot of interesting cultural and historic monuments for residents alike and visitor both inside and outside of the country.
The architecture of Hanoi
For starters, concrete architectural design trends which swept through much of the world in the 1970s and 1980s mostly skipped right over Hanoi. As a result, nowadays, Hanoi still maintains a charming blend of French colonial architecture which is mixed in with traditional Vietnamese designs, and now with western-looking skyscrapers.
Hanoi Old Quarter may be one of the first places you would like to visit in Hanoi if you love looking at old buildings. It is in this popular tourist spot that you will find the famous Temple of Literature and historical places.
A plenty of French buildings from the 19th and early 20th remain in Hanoi, such as the the Presidential Palace, Grand Opera House, St. Joseph Cathedral, and the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The outsides of these buildings harken back to a previous chapter in Vietnam’s history, and their insides are filled with relics of Vietnam’s history and culture. For example, inside the National Museum of Vietnamese History, you will find antiques and displays which document the thousand years between the 10th and 20th century.
Lakes in Hanoi
Besides its buildings, Hanoi is very well-known for its lakes. In fact, there are a plenty of lakes in Hanoi that it is sometimes referred to by its nickname “the lung of city”. The most famous lake is probably the West Lake. With its banks dotted by Buddhist temples, the West Lake is a great place that you should go.
Hoan Kiem Lake is another popular lake among tourists. With a curious pagoda in the centre of the lake known as the Turtle Tower, and its legendary history which involves an emperor and a magic sword, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most famous places in Hanoi that takes visitors back many times.
Shopping and Dining in Hanoi
If history and urban green spaces are not your sort of thing, you could be pleased to know that Hanoi is also home to a plenty of modern shopping centres. You could still find a traditional, open-air market in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, but nowadays the young and hip in Hanoi visit places like the Trang Tien Plaza and the Vincom City Towers as well.
At the end of a long day of walking, touring, and shopping, you would be ready to relax in one of Hanoi’s restaurants. If you like Vietnamese food, you will be sure to be delighted by the variety of food available in Hanoi. Try them and your visit to Hanoi will be very interesting.