Chuyên mục: Hanoi’s Attractions

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days – A complete guide for what to do in Hanoi for 4 days for first-time visitors.

Hanoi capital does not only have the history of one thousand year of culture and civilization, the Hanoi Old Quarter and historical landmarks but it also allures tourists from all over the world by a variety of unique entertaining activities. The modern pace of life harmonious with the ancient charm makes this city more alluring.

Below is Hanoi Itinerary 4 days that tourists should consult for your preparation to Hanoi.

Hanoi itinerary 4 days - Hoan Kiem
Hoan Kiem Lake – The symbol of Hanoi

Day 1 – Hanoi Itinerary 4 days

Ba Dinh Square – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The trip to Hanoi would be a pity without a visit to the political center of Vietnam with Presidential Palace, Parliament House, historical Ba Dinh Square, in which Uncle. Ho read the Declaration of Independence building the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the place where places and preserves the body of President Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum opens 5 days per week in the morning of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It is compulsory for visitors to follow regulations, namely wearing neatly, not bringing self-recording devices and keeping silent when being in the mausoleum.

  • Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: Summer (From April 1st to October 31th): Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:30- 10:30; Saturday, Sunday and occasions: 7:30- 11:00. Winter (From November 1st to March 31th): 8:00-11:00

Presidential Palace

Behind Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a simple stilt house, in which President Ho Chi Minh used to live in the 1960s. The stilt house is modeled after a traditional rural house. In this house, there are also a lush garden and a carp pond.

This historical relics also have Presidential Palace which was built for French governor during the colonial period in the early 1900s. This building now is to welcome important international guests and it is not open for the public to visit.

  • Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

One-pillar Pagoda

This pagoda with a history of hundreds years was constructed in the 16th century during the King Ly Nam De period. With the shape of a blossom lotus, One-pillar pagoda is always a top destination of tourists in all parts of the world.

  • Address: Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Temple of Literature – The first university of Vietnam

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Temple of literature – the first university of Vietnam

Temple of Literature does not only have a temple to worship Confucius but a place of to put Stelae of Doctors and to honor high-ranking students and scholars throughout the nation.

  • Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Opening hour: 08:00-18:00
  • Ticket price: 30.000 VND/ticket

Ta Hien Beer Street

At every night, Ta Hien Street seems to get more and more crowded mainly because many students, workers and tourists from all parts of the world visit it.

This street sells many types of beer, especially grass beer- the most delicious and famous one. Besides, the cuisine of Ta Hien Street is relatively diverse with mouthwatering dishes such as pancakes, mixed vermicelli and grilled quails. These dishes will be more tasteful when being eaten with beer.

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Day 2 – Hanoi Itinerary 4 days

Phung Hung Fresco Street

Phung Hung Fresco Street, also known as a new place of interest of Hanoi is opened on February 2nd, 2018. In the former times, this destination was just used to be a parking and trading area of locals. Afterwards, the Hanoi government renovated and turned it into such a special and superb fresco street.

There are 17 works reappearing Hanoi’s history of one thousand years of civilization in the total of 127 arches. Nowadays, Phung Hung Fresco Street attracts a huge number of local inhabitants and foreign tourists.

  • Address: 27B Phung Hung, Ma Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Long Bien Bridge

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days - Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge in the sunset

Long Bien Bridge is the first ironic bridge across Red River, relating Hoan Kiem District with Long Bien District. French colonialists built Long Bien Bride in the period of 1898 and 1902.

To Hanoians, Long Bien Bridge is not only a bridge that connects two banks of Red River but an indispensable witness of the capital in all 20th century.

The architecture of Long Bien Bridge is a harmonious match of the modern and ancient charm, which creates a special beauty for visitors as well as the young keen on photography. This bridge is an endless source of creativity for those who love and relate to beautiful Hanoi.

West Lake

Next for our Hanoi Itinerary 4 days in day 2 is West lake. Located near the center of Hanoi city, West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. Travelers can rent a water bike or take a boat around West Lake. The best time to visit West Lake is the sunset.

Beside West Lake is Nghi Tam ancient village, in which stills maintains an elegant hobby of Hanoians, which is bonsai hobby. Nghi Tam is known as a flower village. When the spring comes, this village is brimful of colorful blossoms.

Near West Lake is Ngu Xa village with the tradition of copper casting and Yen Phu village famous for making incense. All of these villages are must-see places when visiting Hanoi.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

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Tran Quoc Pagoda

With its architecture like a blossoming lotus, Tran Quoc Pagoda is located in the peninsula of West Lake, Hanoi. The pagoda was built in the period of King Ly Nam De. It nowadays preserves a lot of items with high value of culture and history, namely worshipping statues in Thuong Palace, especially Nirvana statue. Tran Quoc Pagoda is an intriguing destination, which allures plenty of pilgrims and tourists to visit.

  • Address: Thanh Nien Street, Yen Phu, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
  • Opening hour: 8:00-16:00

Quan Thanh Temple

Tran Vu Temple, also called Quan Thanh Temple is originally Tran Bac, belonging to the Four Scared Temples of Thang Long, Hanoi capital. Quan Thanh Pagoda is the place to be dedicated to Tran Vu, Deity of the North in Taoism. The temple is located at the crossroad of Thanh Nien and Quan Thanh Road and near West Lake.

Day 3: A day wandering Hanoi Old Quarter

Hoan Kiem Lake

On the third day of our Hanoi Itinerary 4 days, let’s begin with Hoan Kiem lake. A special thing of Hanoi geography is that the city has many lakes and rivers that surrounds around Hanoi. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of the capital with the ancient Turtle Tower situated in a small peninsula of the lake.

Around Hoan Kiem Lake’s perimeter are a lots of impressive architectural sites and precious relics of Hanoi city such as Pen Tower, The Huc Bridge leading to Bac Nguyet Tower (Moon Light Tower) and Tran Quoc temple on the way to Ngoc Son Temple.

Saint Joseph’s Cathedral Hanoi

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St.Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Joseph’s Cathedral is an outstanding construction with French architectural style in the middle of Hanoi. If you are a Christian believer, you can come here to join the prayers as well as capture some “so deep” photos in the cathedral. Surrounding S. Joseph’s Cathedral Hanoi are iced tea stalls, in which you can stop by and enjoy the festive and bustling atmosphere of the last days of the year.

  • Address: 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Ma May Ancient House

87 Ma May Ancient House is one of the houses that are under the preservation and protection of Hanoi City. This place of interest is used to be a tourist destination and exhibition that provides some useful information on Hanoi history.

Nowadays, Ma May Ancient House has become a place to inform and introduce to locals and foreign tourists about a Vietnamese traditional house of Hanoi Old Quarter. Tourists are likely to visit Ma May Ancient House and explore more the lifestyle of ancient Hanoians.

  • Opening hour: 8:00-20:00
  • Ticket price: 10.000 VND/person

Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market, one of the largest markets in Hanoi, is a huge building with hundreds of stores and vendors along the narrow alleys. With the history since Nguyen dynasty, market houses sell a variety of goods from clothes, sandals, home accessories to food. Dong Xuan Market was built in the late 19th century by Frencn government. Most tourists come here for the purpose of visiting instead of shopping.

Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days
Hanoi Opera House

As a small version of Opéra Garnier in Paris, Hanoi Opera House is located at 1 Trang Tien Street, the street in the center of Hanoi. Hanoi Opera House is the place to hold many important events of the country.

Hanoi Old Quarter

The highlights of Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 streets are ancient house and alleys that still preserve their original beauty since 19th century. You can wander around the ancient streets of Hanoi Old Quarter all the day and discover many tranquil and simple places of Hanoi. A visit to Hanoi Old Quarter will help you to see the beauty of Hanoians: friendliness and hospitality.

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Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison, also called Maison Centrale takes an indispensable role in the development of exploiting the colonies of French colonials in Vietnam. Many political prisoners of Vietnam were tortured and slaughtered in this prison. Afterwards, in the war against America, people of the North of Vietnam used Hoa Lo Prison as a place to detain American soldiers.

  • Address: 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Price ticket: 30. 000 VND/person
  • Opening hour: 08:00- 17:00

Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Bat Trang Ceramic Village has existed along Imperial Citadel of Thang Long with a role as a trade village whose history is more than 500 years.

This village is not only noted for its sophisticated pottery products with high quality but it is nowadays a tourist attraction of Hanoi, which appeals a lot of tourists to participate in interesting activitie.

The center of Ba Trang Ceramic Village has a pottery market with the area of about 6.000 square kilometers. The pottery market is divided into many booths displaying a variety of pottery handicrafts from affordable and luxurious booths of dishes and decorations to small and nicely souvenirs.

Another special feature of Bat Trang Ceramic Village is the pottery manufacturing facilities. Tourists can experience the feelings of becoming a pottery maker with a reasonable price, improving creativity and playing with clays in a ceramic table.

If you can make a favorite product, you can burn and bring your products to home with the price ranging from 40.000 VND to 60.000 VND. That was all of our Hanoi Itinerary 4 days. We think that you might in need of some suggestions for Hanoi cuisine. Here we go:

Can’t-miss food when visiting Hanoi

Pho (Noodles)

Pho is a dish that tourists can’t miss in your journey to Hanoi. Hang Trong pho stall is a small one in the pavement. The stall has no table but small plastic seats for tourists to enjoy pho. The most famous of beef pho store in Hanoi is Pho Ly Quoc Su.

If you want to eat chicken pho, you can visit the stall on Quan Thanh Street. Or you can try mixed pho with the sour and sweet taste on Pho Hanh, Lan Ong Street or the pho store on Luong Van Can Street. If you visit Hanoi without tasting pho, it means that you have never come this city.

Hanoi Itinerary 4 days
Pho Hanoi

Cha ca La Vong

Fish is fried in a small pan. Every table has a small coal stove and a fish pan. Fish is eaten with dry pancake, noodles, along with fried bean, herbs, onions and shrimp paste. Shrimp taste is made of squeezed lemon, chili, oil, wine and a little sugar. Cha ca La Vong has a unique flavor of sweetness and fatness.

  • Address: 14 Cha Ca, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Bun (Noodle)

A slice of meat is grilled with the taste of spice and eaten with a delicious sauce of garlic, chili, pepper and small slices of green papaya. One thing that can’t miss in bun is gently vermicelli and other fresh vegetables, especially perilla in bun cha.

Some addresses that tourists can’t miss:

  • Huong Lien bun cha; 24 Le Van Huu, Ha Ba Trung, Hanoi
  • Dac Kim bun cha: 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Cua Dong bun cha: 41 Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hanoi Bun Oc (Snail noodle soup)

A bowl of bun oc is very colorful with the color of tomatoes, fatty snails, bananas and soya curb. The taste of bun oc is a harmonious combination between the pure but fatty sauce and the sour flavor of lemon and vinegar. When eating, tourists can accompany bun dau with slices of bananas and fresh herbs, which brings you a full taste of a bowl of bun oc.

Some places that tourists should try: Ba Beo store on Hoe Nhai Street, ba Luong Store on Khuong Thuong Street and other stores at 530 alley Thuy Khe, Cao Dat Street, Dong Xuan Market and Tay Ho Palace.

Ice cream

Trang Tien, Thuy Ta, West Lake, Tran Quoc Toan and Lo Duc are some popular places meeting the hobby of ice cream of Hanoians. Tourists can enjoy a variety of ice cream such as fresh ice cream, lemon ice cream and vanilla with the price ranging from 6.000 VND to 45.000 VND. Moreover, you can experience the feeling of enjoy ice cream in Trang Tien ice cream company or walking around Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake enjoying Trang Tien ice cream.

To explore Hanoi Old Quarter area: Ta Hien street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Quan Chuong, etc. which places would you choose? Find out about Hanoi Vietnam points of interests for you short trip to the Old Quarter with us!

A poetic Hanoi through art - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

A poetic Hanoi through art.

1000 year-of-culture Hanoi has always been the first Vietnam point of interests for foreigners to come. Hanoi goes into literature with “36 Pho Phuong” (Thach Lam) or into art with tranquil brush strokes of Bui Xuan Phai. Traveling to Hanoi, you must visit the Old Quarter to see the contradictory but harmonious beauty of this city.

Take your time, take a look on some Hanoi Itinerary to find yourself which places you would like to visit.

Below are some Hanoi points of interest we highly recommend

  1. Ta Hien street

Those who love food must know the name of Ta Hien beerstreet. It is one of Hanoi Vietnam points of interests. It is located in a corner of the Old Quarter and has both exciting but peaceful atmosphere. The opening hour is when people get off from work. The street vendors are open with one famous Hanoi food beverage: beer. These vendors are not luxurious but rather cheap one on street side. They gather to form a long street of selling beer as a point of interest in Hanoi.

Nightlife in Ta Hien street starts - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

Nightlife in Ta Hien street starts.

People who come to Ta Hien Street vary from university students to foreigners. They gather in a group of 3-5 members sitting on the walking site. Side dishes often are boiled peanuts, grilled quail, chicken pickled with citronella, etc. Although Ta Hien Street is exciting area for tourists at night, it is as peaceful as the other streets of Hanoi Old Quarter in the morning.

  1. Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market is one of the biggest markets of Hanoi and is considered to be one of Hanoi Vietnam points of interests. The market location is inside Hanoi Old Quarter. Since the Nguyen dynasty, Dong Xuan market has existed for hundred years. Tourists can find lots of Hanoi traditional things here such as Hanoi famous food, clothing, crafts and so on. Because it is a large-scale market, the price is lowered if you buy in a large number. The street side of Dong Xuan market is for Hanoi night market with many interesting colors: attractive color of food; brilliant colors of souvenirs and familiar color of other necessities. Travelers can explore this Hanoi Vietnam point of interests in any days of the week.

Ancient Dong Xuan Market in modern days - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

Ancient Dong Xuan Market in modern days

  1. Bach Ma Temple

You should come to Bach Ma Temple to visit Hanoi Vietnam point of interests

Known as one of four famous attractions from the ancient Thang Long, Bach Ma Temple was built in 9th century. It is Hanoi Vietnam points of interests because of being the oldest temple of Hanoi. This temple of Hanoi is designed sophisticatedly with big ironwood pillars, delicately sculpted with Nguyen dynasty sculpture style. In the temple, they reserve lots of historical memorials like headstone, palanquin, wooden flamingos, etc. With these historical relics, Bach Ma temple is Hanoi Vietnam points of interest, famous Hanoi attraction, rare resource for knowing insightfully about Thang Long – Hanoi.

Bach Ma Temple - The Sacred temple in Hanoi - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

Bach Ma Temple – The Sacred temple in Hanoi

Bach Ma Temple is crowded at festival times. People from all around the country come to wish for a flourish year of luck and happiness, which makes it hard for commuting in rush hour. It is recommended that you should visit this point of interest on normal days.

  1. Hoan Kiem Lake

It is said that Le Loi King found in Hoan Kiem Lake the magical sword that helped to defeat the Minh dynasty invaders. After the win of conflict, there was a huge turtle swimming up from this lake asking for the sword to be returned. This is the reason why the lake is named “Hoan Kiem Lake” (the lake of returning sword, in Vietnamese).

The lake is the heart of Hanoi, of of Hanoi Vietnam famous points of interests. To experience all interesting and appealing activities here, you should come at weekends because at the weekend, transportation is banned, you can slowly walk while enjoying traditional games on the street and musical performance everywhere. Also, you can visit The Huc Bridge leading to ancient Ngoc Son Temple with the statue of Golden Turtle. It is great for tourists as point of interests in Hanoi.

A colorful Hoan Kiem lake at night - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

A colorful Hoan Kiem Lake at night

Hanoi famous food at Hoan Kiem Lake is ice cream. It is both delicious and cheap and is sold everywhere around the lake. If you visit Hanoi points of interests, don’t forget to drop by Hoan Kiem Lake and buy some ice cream popsicles for yourself!

  1. O Quan Chuong Gate

O Quan Chuong Gate is the only remaining gate of Thang Long Citadel as well as the historical relic and Hanoi Vietnam point of interests. Built from 1749 to 1817, O Quan Chuong Gate consists of 2 floors in typical gazebo style from Nguyen Dynasty. O Quan Chuong gate is located in the street that has the same name. This place is selling place for lots of items. O Quan Chuong Gate is Hanoi attraction, one of unforgettable historical places in Hanoi, is a memorial for persistence spirit of Vietnamese in War time.

O Quan Chuong in these old days - Hanoi Vietnam Points of Interests

O Quan Chuong in these old days

Though Hanoi Old Quarter is well-known for other famous points of interests, O Quan Chuong is still a great Hanoi attraction. If your trip lasts for few days, we have recommended some best places in Hanoi for visiting. Let’s book a trip to Hanoi, spend time exploring Hanoi Old Quarter and ancient yet modern beauty of this city, Hanoi Vietnam. It surely will leave you memorable feeling about this trip with these points of interests.

The Opera house Hanoi was built between 1901 and 1911 by two architects Harlay and Broyer,  which bears many historical marks and located in the heart of Hanoi capital is the venue of the major art performances of many famous musicians and artists in Vietnam. In here, you can contemplate the magnificent architecture of the Hanoi Opera House or buy a ticket to enjoy the most frequently performed shows to see the magnificent view of the theatre with our own eyes.

Opera house Hanoi - Vietnam

Opera house Hanoi – Vietnam

1. The Process of Construction of Opera house Hanoi

The Opera House Hanoi was based on the model of the Paris Opera architecture, but smaller, the materials used were changed to be able to suitable for local economic and climatic conditions, and in many colors, The architecture of the Theater in Southern France. The layout of the room, the architectural horseshoe for the large room, the entrance, the main staircase and the arrangement of theatrical spaces of Opera House Hanoi are like the theatres in Europe at the beginning of the century XX.

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The architect’s design of Opera house Hanoi – Vietnam 01.

The former Grand Building land was a marsh belonging to the two villages “Thach Tan and Tay Luong”, Tho Xuong District. In 1899 the city council held a meeting Under the orders of the chairmanship of Richard ( the Hanoi Ambassador proposed to build the theatre). The designer of the building’s architecture was Harlay and Broyer. This design had to be modified by many architects’ ideas. The project was started on June 7, 1901, under the technical supervision of urban inspector Harlay – one of the two designers.

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The architect’s design of Opera house Hanoi – Vietnam 02.

Leveling was very hard. Every day there were 300 workers, 35,000 bamboo piles were set with 90 cm thick concrete blocks. The project must use more than 12000m3 of material, nearly 600 tons of cast iron. The building occupies an area of 2600m2, the length of the building is 87m, the width is 30m, the highest point of the building compared to the road surface is 34m.

the front of Opera house Hanoi - Vietnam in The Past.

The Front of Opera house Hanoi – Vietnam in The Past.

The front of the building is very magnificent, there are many steps overlooking the large square (Now called Revolution Square in August), The steps are in front of the Opera House used to welcome the cars of the colonial officials to come and see.

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2. The Architecture of Opera House Hanoi.

Designers searched the ancient Greek architecture of Coranhtơ, which combined with the castle architecture of Tuylory and the Paris Opera to create a unique architecture.

The Architecture of Opera House Hanoi

The Architecture of Opera House Hanoi.

Inside the building was a large stage and a main auditorium with an area of 24x24m, that day accommodated 870 seats, leather seats and some velvet seats.Inside the building was a large stage and a main auditorium with an area of 24x24m, that day accommodated 870 seats, leather seats and some velvet seats. The middle floor has many small rooms for the spectators with their own tickets. The staircase to the second floor is a large main hall. Extra steps and corridors on both sides.

inside the opera house hanoi in the past

Inside The Opera House Hanoi in The Past.

Behind the building is a management room, there are 18 chambers for makeup artists, two practice rooms, a library and meeting rooms. The front of the second floor is a very beautiful mirror room. The cost of building construction at that time was 2,000,000 francs. The building was used as a place to perform traditional forms such as opera, chamber music, drama … for the French upper class and a few wealthy Vietnamese. The schedule had four times on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday each week at that time.

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3. The Historical Significance of Opera House Hanoi.

Hanoi Opera House has a great value in terms of history, architecture and value use. It is a historical witness of the cultural and social development of Hanoi and Vietnam during the French colonial period, a relic of a period of architectural development in Vietnam at the end of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Hanoi Opera House and its square were the places of great historical events associated with the August Revolution and the early years of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The Golden Week event in 1945

The Golden Week event in 1945.

– On August 17, 1945, the Viet Minh Front took place a march at the Hanoi Opera house Square.

– On August 29, 1945, the Viet Bac Liberation Army arrived in Hanoi introduce at the Hanoi Opera House Square.

– On September 16, 1945, The Golden Week event took place at the building’s square.

– On Early October 1945, the day of Vietnamese southern resistance was held at the building’s square.

– On March 5, 1945, the National Congress of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was taken place for the first time at the Hanoi Opera House.

– On September 2, 1946, the first year anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was celebrated and it was also the day when Ho Chi Minh first set foot in the Hanoi Opera House.

Hanoi Opera House has witnessed the first moments of peace in Vietnam, and it is a witness to the revolution of Hanoi Capital. Since then the Opera House Hanoi has always been the centre of important meetings, conferences, and high artistic performances by national and international art groups.

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Opera house Hanoi.

Over 80 years of use, the building has been downgraded a lot. The indoor space: such as decor, materials, colours, facilities to the important technical equipment for the building are increasingly old and become old-fashioned, no longer suitable to the standards of the International performance.

Outside of the building, there are more and more works appear that unsuitable with the architecture of the Opera house Hanoi. therefor in 1994, the Hanoi Opera House was approved by the Vietnamese government for the restoration and upgrading. Renovation work was started in 1995 and completed in 1997. After Renovation, The building has been upgraded and renovated to be wider and more adequate and become more worthy as a cultural centre not only in Hanoi and the whole country but also in Southeast Asia.

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The government guest house in Hanoi which is located in 10 Le Thach, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi was where the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam worked from the August Revolution until the Vietnamese national resistance.

Government Guest House In Hanoi - hanoi Free tours by foot

Government Guest House In Hanoi.

Located at No. 12 Ngo Quyen Street( far from the Hanoi old quarter about 500 m) , This building is an important historical relic of Hanoi capital, especially here is associated with the National Day of Resistance Of Vietnam (Dec. 19, 1946).This building was built in 1918-1919 to be the governor of Tonkin – the headquarters of the French colonial government in North Vietnam when the North of Vietnam was still under the domination of French colonist. The building represents the neoclassical architecture of the French colonial period with the layout of the front facing, the façade with strong classical columns and Sculpture of Baroque details of the Renaissance.

Hanoi Government Guest House in The past.

Hanoi Government Guest House in The past.

After Japanese carried out a coup and defeat French on March 9, 1945, the building was renamed the Tonkin Imperial Government and controlled by the Tran Trong Kim government. After the August Revolution Of North Vietnam ( the day of the general uprising in Hanoi on August 19, 1945 ) the Viet Minh forces and the Hanoians attacked and occupied the building, after that Ho Chi Minh and the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam worked here until the national resistance of Vietnam

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The building's inauguration of Hanoi Goverment Guest House

The building’s inauguration memorized in the corner.

During this time, the building was renamed the Northern Government House and serving as the first headquarters of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. In the beginning of the Resistance War, on December 20, 1946, a battle broke out between a National Guards protecting the building and French troops with supporting tanks.

This was the most fierce and longest battle in the early days of the Indochina war. After 6 failed attacks, 122 casualties, 4 tanks and 3 armoured vehicles were broken, the French occupied the building. The number of Vietnamese soldiers killed was 45 people. The Battle near the building had become a typical battle of the spirit of “Sacrifice for the country’s life.” of the army and the people of Hanoi in the early days of resistance.

a bullet holes is still on the fence. -Government Guest House In Hanoi

a bullet hole is still on the fence.

After the liberation of Hanoi capital (10/10/1954), the building was repaired and became the guest house of the Government of Vietnam. Today, the building is used to welcome to important delegations from all over the world.

The Function of The Government Guest House In Hanoi.

After Establishing at the end of 1954, the Guest House immediately took care of serving the needs of daily life and activities of high-level delegations of the Parties and Governments who visit Vietnam such as the Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Prime Minister, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly, Politburo Member of the Party Central Committee upward.In 1969, the numbers of the room were increased to welcome the head of states. After that in 1975, The building builds additional stories and the numbers of the room were increased more than 10-fold.

Goverment Guests House Hanoi Throughout all time

Government Guests House in Hanoi Throughout all time.

Since Vietnam accessed to the WTO (November 7, 2006), foreign affairs have been taken place more frequently, with more and more diverse guests, the building also has the opportunity to undertake more foreign affairs. The services also become more diversified: Such as serving, hospitality, talkshows, signing workshop.

Up to now, The Government guest house in Hanoi is still beautiful and peaceful as the first day in 1919. There is only one thing is deferent, as a national government guest house, the building takes on important responsibilities for Vietnam and the building is also a historic witness of many great events of The country.

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If you have a chance to visit Vietnam, you will not be stuck for things to do in Hanoi ( the capital of Vietnam), where ancient and proudly preserved Vietnamese culture is felt most keenly by tourist and progress wrestles with tradition in different areas of the city.  Hanoi is a city with more than 1000 years old so the wealth of its history is mind boggling: ancient citadels, temples, unique theater, and stunning wilderness just outside the city all offer fun-filled days in Vietnam’s capital. These are a plenty of attractions where you can visit in Hanoi because they all offer beauty, entertainment, and education at different turns. Enjoy our list of Top 10 following things to see in Hanoi.

  1. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The Thang Long Imperial Citadel is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and signifying its cultural and historical importance, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The central flag tower which stands 40 meters high is the most recognizable feature of the Imperial Citadel and is usually used as a symbol of Hanoi. This was the center of ancient Hanoi and served as the political center for eight centuries. Being in Ba Dinh, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is close to many other tourist attractions. It is opened daily 8:00 – 12:30  and 13:30 – 19:30. It is an interesting place that you should go one time.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

  1. Water puppet theater

Water puppet theater which is an ancient art form of entertainment has a long association with Hanoi. There are lots of theaters where traveler can enjoy this uniquely Vietnamese take on Asia’s puppet tradition. The original theater in town is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre. Water puppet means that puppets dance and slide elegantly over the liquid stage, controlled by a whole troupe of puppet masters who hide behind a screen. Most shows also feature the famous legend of the Restored Sword of King Le telling the tale of Hoan Kiem Lake and the giant tortoise. It is opened daily 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 and 20:00 at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Water puppet theater - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Water puppet theater – Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

  1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh left an indelible mark on Vietnamese history and he is revered in Hanoi as the country’s greatest leader. Uncle Ho’s preserved body is now laid to rest in a glass case in Ba Dinh district of Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is more than a tourist attraction, it’s a part of living history and a visit here stays long in the memory. The somber building was modeled after Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow. The Mausoleum is opened from Tuesday to Thursday from 07:30 to 10:30, Saturday and Sunday from 07:30 to 11:00.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

  1. The Perfume Pagoda

This Pagoda is a dramatic temple complex which was first built in the 15th century. These ancient Buddhist temples were built in a green mountain range in a maze of alleyways which are carved into the rock with rich forests and flowing streams all around as well. Located about 60km to the South of Hanoi in the Son Mountains, the journey here is an experience for you. However, you must take a 2-hour journey by car or bus before traveling by boat to the foot of the mountains. The Perfume Pagoda is opened daily from 06:30 to 17:00.

The Perfume Pagoda - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

The Perfume Pagoda.

  1. Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple

Hoan Kiem Lake, Turtle Lake or Sword Lake is a central feature of Hanoi and a popular hangout spot throughout the day with locals and visitors. Ngoc Son Temple which is on a small island in the center of the lake and linked by a The Huc Bridge makes a beautiful background for a few photos. Around sunrise and sunset, this area becomes very busy with joggers, couples enjoying the relaxing views of the lake and line dancing. Hoan Kiem Lake is completely  free of charge, but there is a fee of VND 30,000 (about $1.2) for a ticket to visit Ngoc Son Temple, which sits on a small island in the center of the lake.

Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.

  1. Dong Xuan Market

This market is the largest one in Hanoi and is one of the most places that you should go if you have chances to visit Hanoi. Within four-storey Soviet-style building, this sprawling complex offers an extensive collection of apparel, fashion, and souvenirs at some of the best prices in the city. Even if you are not interested in printed T-shirts or cheap sunglasses, it is still fascinating because you will have chances to see the comings and goings of the local traders. There is a wet market on the ground floor where the sights and smells of exotic produce assault the senses. Dong Xuan Market is opened daily from 06:00 to 19:00. That is a good choice for you when you go to Hanoi.

Dong Xuan Market - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Dong Xuan Market – Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

  1. Hanoi Old Quarter

This is one of the most attracting areas of Hanoi where visitors can enjoy a plenty of fine examples of colonial architecture packed along narrow streets. Endless packs of scooters, , motorbikes, bicycles and cars weave around traders which sells fruit and souvenirs or even narrow shop houses sell delicious Vietnamese food for pennies. Hanoi Old Quarter brings to life what a lot of people imagine Hanoi to be. Exploring this area on foot is also highly recommended for all visitors to Vietnam’s capital city.

Hanoi Old Quarter - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Hanoi Old Quarter – Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

  1. Ba Vi National Park

This is a nature reserve of stunning beauty which is around two hours ( about 48 kilometers) from downtown Hanoi. Ba Vi National park is famous for its three-peaked mountain that juts steeply up into the sky and is always topped by cloud. This national Park has dramatic scenery and a diverse range of jungle animals and plants. At the summit of the tallest mountain is an 11th-century temple which offers expansive views of the surrounding countryside and on the forest floor are natural hot springs.

Ba Vi National Park - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Ba Vi National Park 

  1. Hanoi Opera House

This famous place is in the heart of the French Quarter and arguably one of the most elegant buildings in Hanoi. Built in 1911 and modeled after the Paris Opera House, Hanoi Opera House exudes Parisian charm from its ivory-toned columns, ornate balustrades, and Gothic domes. Visitors coming here will have a lot of chances to enjoy classical performances ranging from Vietnamese opera and music concerts by world-renowned artists and dance performances to sketches. It is at 1 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi and you can easily to find it.

Hanoi Opera House - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Hanoi Opera House – Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

  1. The Temple of Literature

It is a charming and famous temple complex in the center of Hanoi which was originally built to be a center of learning dedicated to the Chinese sage and scholar Confucius. Over 1000 years of proceeding, a lot of buildings have been added and beautified and now this large area is filled with ornate pavilions,  a rich garden and shrines. The Temple of Literature has become a rite of passage for graduating doctors to visit. The whole place is also steeped in Vietnamese history. The Temple of Literature is opened from Tuesday to Sunday at 8:30 – 11:30 in the morning and 13:30 – 16:30 in the afternoon.

The Temple of Literature - Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

The Temple of Literature – Top 10 things to see in Hanoi.

Thay Pagoda

Well situated in the shadows of Sai Son MountainThay Pagoda lies in a tranquil and beautiful village, which is only around 40km west of Hanoi. The festival, officially held annually on the seventh day of the third lunar month and lasting for at least a week, pays homage to folk hero Tu Dao Hanh. The festival begins with Buddha worshipping and platform running, a religious performance accompanied by traditional music in a solemn atmosphere. Numerous traditional games are played during the festival, the best-known of all the activities is the traditional water puppet show given on Long Tri pond, in front of the Thuy Dinh Temple. After ceremonies for Buddha, you can take a hiking trip through the picturesque countryside which characterizes the region. Moreover, this is the time for you to enjoy hearing many famous legends that enrich the traditional value of this beautiful region.

Thay Pagoda Festival (3)

Thay Pagoda 

The legend behind… Thay pagoda

The festival takes place in the elaborate pagoda said to be built on the ashes of a Vietnamese folk hero and is especially famous for the performances of traditional water puppetry. It is said that Tu Dao Hanh was a Buddhist monk during the rule of the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225 A.D). Leading a religious life and dying in this very pagoda, he had outstanding merits to the religion popularization, illness treatment, and water puppetry creation. According to the legend, what makes him mysteriously sainted is that at the end of his life, the Buddhist monk sat in meditation for several months without food and drink and died in that posture. Thereafter, the people put his withered corpse in the building of the Genius for the purpose of worship.

Let’s enjoy the festival!

Several days prior to the festival, Buddhist followers and pilgrims here and there flock to the pagoda, further adding to the boisterous atmosphere of the festival. The Pagoda is cleaned with scented incenses, glistening lighted candles, bringing about a charming scene. Many cultural games and art performances are held during the festival, including Tu Dao Hanh’s statue bathing, incense sticks presenting, tablets escorting procession, Cheo (popular opera) performance, chess games, water puppet shows, a recital of the feats of Tu Dao Hanh and so on. In particular, you have a great chance to enjoy a water puppetry show portraying the tales of Thach Sanh and Tam Cam, cultural activities and features of rural life such as farm work, duck tending, and wrestling.

Thay Pagoda Festival (2)

Thay Pagoda Festival

         The Thay Pagoda festival is actually a joint festival of four villages (Thuy Khe, Da Phuc, Khanh Tan and Sai Khe). Although this area has numerous pagodas, the festival is held mainly in Thay Pagoda, which comprises three buildings: ante-chamber, Buddha’s Building and Building of the Genius. The statue bathing ritual takes place before the opening of the festival. Buddhist monks and the people participate in the ritual. Pieces of red cloth are used to clean the statues. Those who stand around solemnly hold their hands in front of their chests, whispering Buddhist sutras. When the ritual ends, the holy water the Buddha bestows will be scattered all over the pagoda to wish for bumper crops and prosperous life. The cloths are also torn into smaller pieces to grant attendants as they are thought to have the power of warding off the evils.

The two most noteworthy events and distinctive features of the festival are the procession of the tablets and the water puppet show. The procession of Tu Dao Hanh’s worshipping tablet takes place on the 7th day of the third lunar month. The local population believes that Tu Dao Hanh first learned supernatural powers and became a genius, and later on, embraced Buddhism. Therefore, at the start of the procession, his tablets must be wrapped in a piece of yellow cloth (the color of the robes worn by priests endowed with supernatural powers) and, on the return trip, the same tablets should be wrapped in the brown frock of a Buddhist monk. During the procession, Buddhist nuns take a walk recounting the feats of Tu Dao Hanh, first in learning supernatural magic and then in leading a religious Buddhist life. Noteworthy is that in the procession the tablet and white horse of Da Phuc must go ahead those of the Thuy Khue. Normally the procession comes to the pagoda at twilight. This timing is considered as propitious as it is the time when night takes over from day, when darkness and night come into contact with each other.

Thay Pagoda Festival

The Beauty of Thay Pagoda Festival

Among fascinating games in Thay Pagoda Festival, water puppetry seems to be the most outstanding. The game is the second noteworthy item, a traditional cultural activity related to wet paddy cultivation in the Red River Delta. It is performed in front of the pagoda, on a pond called Long Tri. Tu Dao Hanh is said to be the founder of this artistic performance. This item comprises two basic components: puppets and water. The puppets are products of traditional popular wood sculptures and lacquer painting. The place for the puppet performance is a lake or a part of the river. With its fluid nature and reflections, water can mirror efficiently the numerous changes in the colour of the sky, the mountains, trees and leaves and give a mythical air to the performance. The artists must usually stay inside the water and direct the movement of the puppet through sticks and strings connected. The water puppet shows reflect productive activities – paddy cultivation, duck breeding, fishing, cloth weaving, etc. The shows also draw from folk or classical theatrical plays. Apart from the water puppetry, you’ll catch firework spectaculars (mostly bangers), folk singers crooning into microphones and sporting events such as mountain-climbing and rowing.

         The Thay Pagoda festival is attractive to many visitors because of the myth surrounding Monk Tu Dao Hanh and his feats, the beautiful scenery and the water puppet shows. They fill the spectators with surprise and pleasure, who also pride in the rich imagination and dexterity of the performers who create in this art. Going to Thay Pagoda Festival is really worth, pilgrims will have an opportunity to revere the relics imbued with the imprints of outstanding monks and men of the past.

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Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi Old Quarter, Metropole Hotel Hanoi brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another area. Surrounding yourself in the old feelings, you will feel stately corridors and explore a dramatic past.

Metropole Hotel Hanoi

Metropole Hotel Hanoi nowadays

Opened in 1901, Metropole Hotel is one of the old colonial ones in South East Asia.The hotel has seen a lot of celebrities and head of states, for example, Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin celebrated the most memorial moments with the at this hotel in his honeymoon in 1936.

Later, this hotel was renamed as Thong Nhat Hotel which means Reunification because of independence period in Vietnam during the 1950s. Moreover, the hotel included a bomb shelter, harboring guests in a safe space during air strikes.

Metropole Hotel Hanoi nowadays

Behind the classical green shutters, white façade, stately wood panels and original wrought iron details reside over a century of stories, far from resting on its laurels, the Metropole Hotel has managed to move with the times and retain the grandeur of the hotel now. If you have chances to come here, you will be admired because the structure architect will bring you back to the feeling of the colonial time, meanwhile modernity with old school glamor, in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Inside Metropole Hotel Hanoi

Inside Metropole Hotel

There are several restaurants and bars, including a Vietnamese restaurant, an Italian steakhouse, a fine French restaurant Le Beaulieu which was where Noël Coward was once partial to the coq au vin. Moreover, the less formal Le Club, which hosts live jazz nightly.

Sofitel Metropole Hotel Hanoi is known not only for its delicious food but also for its modern and convenient equipments, elegance, classy and professional services of its staffs. In particular, Sofitel Metropole is one of the hotels that focus on the beautiful and luxurious facade by the system of high-end stores, with the most famous brands around the world: Hermes, Louis Vuiton, Cartier, Ferregamo , Jaeger Le Coultre … satisfied the needs of the customers preferred brand.

Restaurant of Metropole Hotel Hanoi

Restaurant of Metropole Hotel.

Sofitel Metropole has been selected consistently as one of the leading hotels in Hanoi, throughout Vietnam and Asia, once associated with the names of many celebrities and international politicians. who has been Stayed here

Situated in the heart of Hanoi and close to many famous destinations of Hanoi such as Hoan Kiem Lake, the magnificent Opera House, the Old Quarter and the commercial administrative center of the city, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is always considered as the first choice of many entrepreneurs and tourists.

The awards that Sofitel Metropole Hotel Hanoi have been achieved

The title of “Best hotel in Hanoi” voted by Asia Money magazine

One of the world’s leading hotels, voted by famous international travel  Condé Nast magazine.

One of the “Best Hotels in the World” voted  by Travel & Leisure magazine

The title of “Best Business Hotel in Hanoi” voted by Business Traveler Asia Pacific magazine

The title of “Best hotel in Hanoi” voted by Hong Kong Destin Asian magazine.

The title of “the most luxurious hotel in Hanoi” by the Vietnam Economic Times newspaper.

Top Ten Award granted by Vietnam Tourism Association.

The hotel has 364 luxuriously and elegantly decorated rooms, following elegantly designed style and fully equipped with International standard, providing customers with convenience and comfort by two-way air-conditioning. satellite television, local and international telephone, wireless internet, voice mail, safe box, mini-bar, music system and loudspeaker, fire alarm, bathtub, shower, Shaving, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities …

The hotel is divided into two areas: the Old Metropole and the New Opera and rooms

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Restaurants and bars of Sofitel Metropole Hotel Hanoi

Le Beaulieu French Restaurant: Bring a classic and sophisticated atmosphere. You can enjoy excellent French cuisine in the restaurant. Le Beaulieu French has been famous for its Brunch for a long time in Sunday and dinner parties.

Spices Garden Vietnamese Restaurant: beautifully decorated, serving traditional and modern Vietnamese cuisine. From the restaurant, you can contemplate the beautiful garden of the hotel.

Angelina Restaurant – Italian Steak House: a modern space that combines restaurants and bars with unique Italian flavors and famous wines of many countries in the world to service the diverse needs of customers

A little bar of Metropole Hotel Hanoi

A little bar of Metropole Hotel.

Poolside Bamboo Bar: Located near the pool, Bamboo Bar is a quiet resting place. The furniture has ancient style through rattan chairs and ceiling fans. In addition, you can also enjoy snacks and cocktails here.

Le Club Bar: Here you will not only enjoy the drinks, cocktails but also has an opportunity to enjoy the garden of the hotel.You can also enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, Chocolate buffet, and dinner here in the wonderful live music space.

Met ‘Pub: is a favorite place for live music, tasty food and a wide selection of beers, wines, and whiskeys.

Other facilities and services

Clark Hatch Health Center: equipped with internationally standard exercise machines and exercise equipment. At the center, you also get the support of fitness experts, massage experts. In addition, the center also has a sauna, jacuzzi and an outdoor swimming pool.

Business Center: Located between the Metropole Hotel and Opera House. here Full of photocopy, fax, scan, secretarial services, telephone, broadband internet, conference rooms equipped with high-speed internet.  Broadband infrastructure. Facilities for conferences provide all the needs of holding large, small conferences and parties (cocktail parties, celebrations …)

Conferences – workshops: There are many rooms of different scale and sizes (Dong Do, Ha Long, Executive, La Veranda, SaPa, Thang Long Hall …), capacity from 6 to 250 seats. Business Center with workplace,  high-tech equipment, Internet connection, fax, telephone, scanner, photocopier, LCD…

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Why do people call Water Puppet instead of Land Puppet or Air Puppet?

Back to the 10th century, at the gap between 2 main crops each year, the fields usually covered with water. Besides, the northern villages have a plenty of ponds and lakes. Therefore, by rice-growing, farmers made water puppets as a way to celebrate the end of the harvest, religious festivals, and even at some other important occasions.
Nowadays, the artisan group usually comes from the countryside where Water Puppetry has been invented since thousands of years ago. It is a unique folk art, nevertheless, only few people are continuing this art.

water puppets

Water Puppets

A puppet artist can have spent half of his life to make countless numbers of Water Puppets like a frog, a dragon or Chu Teu. The frog can snatch bait, meanwhile, the dragon can spurt water and fire. One of the unique character puppets is Chu Teu. He could join in his hands, shoulders, elbows, and wrists so that he can catch fish and raise a flock of ducks.Moreover, costume designers and specialists in light and sound have added razzle-dazzle to the play through accessories, clothes and interior designs.

Puppet technique

Artisans are always very good at carving and have an excellent sound knowledge of the complicated movements of water puppets. The most important thing to create a puppet is how to bring the cultural features of the Vietnamese village to them. Water Puppets are hand-carved from wood and given layers of vivid lacquer paint to protect it from the water. The artists give each puppet at least 10 layers of paint. It usually takes 3 days to finish a wooden puppet but we need 15 days to make a water puppet.

Hanoi water puppets

Technique Of Water Puppets

The topic for a puppet show is usually about the legends, working action or production. People love the fairy tales in the puppet showcase because of their humanity. Although the stories aren’t only for young readers, their depth is also meaningful.
A Water Puppet performance usually costs between VND 300,000 ($13) and VND 1.8 million ($78), while a puppet for display is about from VND150,000 to VND300,000.


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During your supposed time in Hanoi, it will be interesting if you have chances to visit the beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda which is the oldest one among others in Hanoi. This place is considered as one of Vietnam popular destinations.

Tran quoc pagoda in the past

Tran Quoc Pagoda In The Past

Location

Tran QuocPagoda is located beside the dazzling West Lake, on Thanh Nien Road. Individually, it is seated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between the 2 most romantic lakes of Hanoi: Truc Bach Lake and West Lake.

History

The construction of Tran Quoc Pagoda started in 541 and was completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De under its original name of Khai Quoc which means National Founder in Vietnam. It was originally built on the bank of the Red River.

Until the early seventeenth century, under the reign of King Le Kinh Tong, this famous pagoda was moved to the Kim Ngu Islet due to the river bank crumbling and it was renamed Tran Quoc (National Defence).

A cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism

Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered to be a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism partly for it is the oldest pagoda and situated in the center of the capital of Vietnam. Unlike other ordinary pagodas, it was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, the belfry and ten shrines. Inside the pagoda, there are a plenty of valuable statues, such as the red lac statue trimmed with the gold of Sakyamouni Buddha’s Parinirvana and lots of ancient stelae, one of which was made in 1639 by Doctoral Lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh, recording the Pagoda’s history.

inside tran quoc pagoda

Inside Tran Quoc Pagoda

People who have visited this significant pagoda of Hanoi always take interest in its special and intricate style of architecture centuries ago.

A nice tranquil backdrop

The island and Tran Quoc pagoda provide a beautiful backdrop for the West Lake and Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam as well, individually at sunset. Standing at one end of Thanh Nien Road, you can see the towers of the pagoda rising above the lake’s surface. In the pagoda’s garden, there is a Bodhi tree standing, which is attached to a past story. The story tells that in 1959, on Indian Prime Minister RazendiaPrasat’s visit to Vietnam, he offered the Tran Quoc Pagoda a Bodhi tree as a gift. This plant was grafted from the holy Bodhi tree where Sakyamuni sat in meditation position and achieved enlightenment in India 25 centuries ago. Nowadays, the Bodhi tree is easily recognizable from its heart with its shaped leaves, taken from a cutting of its original tree. The tree has still been and luxuriant and it is shading over part of the pagoda’s yard.

tran quoc pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda

These days, Tran Quoc Pagoda which is a religious relic with spectacular surrounding scenery is a favorite stop-over of numerous foreign visitors and pilgrims. You should remember that the pagoda is open daily and visitors who go there must be decently attired and long trousers are required for men. It is commonly restricted to any religious Vietnamese popular destinations. Hope you have a fantastic tour in Vietnam particularly in Tran Quoc Pagoda.


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West Lake – Ho Tay ( Hanoi ) which is Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake has a circumference of 17 kilometers and houses many of the city’s historic places of interest around its perimeters such as Vietnam’s oldest pagoda and one of Vietnamese 4 sacred temples. The West Lake attracts a plenty of locals and tourists seeking respite from Hanoi-the busy city, providing a sanctuary of great natural beauty with numerous quiet spots in the sizeable lush gardens surrounding the lake.

West lake - Ho tay ( Hanoi )

West lake – Ho tay ( Hanoi )

Known locally as Tay Ho Lake, there is a host of stunning architectural gems surrounding this lake in addition to some entertainment venues and a smattering of high-end hotels. The actual creation of West Lake still remains a mystery though one legend claims that it was formed when the Dragon King Lac Long Quan drowned a wicked fox spirit with nine tails in his lair. In addition, an alternative folklore source claims that a large Chinese buffalo mistakenly confused a pagoda temple bell with its mother’s call and ran so fiercely into a small hollow, that is the reason why the lake was made.

Nighttime West lake - Ho tay ( Hanoi )

West lake – Tay Ho at Night

West Lake in Hanoi is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon, there are some boats for hire and lunch on a floating restaurant makes a novel dining option. One of the interesting points of interest at West Lake is Tran Quoc Pagoda which is Vietnam’s oldest temple was built in the sixth century. The Pagoda resides on a small island which was built by King Ly Nam De as a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. Tran Quoc Pagoda is especially stunning when viewed early evening at sunset. The other attraction which located at the West Lake crossroads of Thanh Nien Street and Quan Thanh Street is Quan Thanh Temple. Being one of Vietnam’s ancient four sacred temples which were built in 1010 to 1028 during the reign of King Ly Thai To; the temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, flowers and trees in its structure. Quan Thanh Temple is opened for people to enter with sightseers encouraged to pray for luck, health, and happiness in their life. The lake used to be a part of the Red River when it was a retreat reserved for the relaxation of kings and mandarins. Nowadays, the lake offers so much to enjoy with a unique fusion of nature and a plenty of historic cultural sights in the whole of Vietnam.


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