Hanoi is Vietnam captital and country’s center of economy, politics, culture, and society. It is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Vietnam for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, Hanoi still holds many well-preserved French colonial buildings, ancient oriental pagodas, historic temples, unique museums, peaceful lakes and a lot of other amazing spots. Hanoi is a perfect place to explore on foot, walk through small streets, immerse in the vibrant nightlife and communicate with the locals.
Sight - seeing
Hanoi boasts many scenes of beauty. First of all is the first university of the capital and also the nation Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam “the literature temple” . Besides its foremost meaning, Van Mieu is also the place to worship Confucius, setting doctor steles. Youngsters and youth always come here to pray for success by touching the rock tortoises’ head before any examinations, cause it is believed to be very sacred.
The second is One pillar pagoda. The temple had a very special shape, its whole construction was supported by a pillar. It was similar to a lotus emerging out of the water
Historical places that worth to pay a visit cannot be without Ba Dinh Square, the political area where President Ho Chi Minh read the Independent Declaration on the September 2nd, 1945. As famous as this is the House of Parliament, Presidential Palace, President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, etc.
Old Quarter is considered as the unique part of Hanoi. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shophouses is also known as “The 36 Streets”. Each street is named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. Almost all tourists traveling to Hanoi will come and stay here. This is a paradise for handicraft lovers and a perfect place to explore local life.
Hoan kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple also a worth to vissit. Related to the Lake, Vietnam has a classic story telling about King Le Loi after winning over Minh invader, returned the magic Sword to the Tortoise down in the Lake. Since then, the Lake was named “Hoan Kiem”.
Besides, Hanoi has many historical places to visit. Come to visit Hanoi to have a huge detailed picture of this antique and beautiful historical city.
West lake is one of Hanoi’s most beautiful sites. Its many historical and cultural relics reflect the development history of the capital city. There are numerous religious sites around West Lake: Trấn Quốc pagoda, Quán Thánh temple, and Tây Hồ pagoda, all are popular venues for local prayers during Tet holidays and the first and 15th days of a lunar month
Thang Long citadel: is a complex of relics related to the history of Thang Long – Hanoi capital which started from Dinh – Tien Le dynasties, devoped prosperously under Ly, Tran and Le dynasties and was renamed as Hanoi in Nguyen dynasty. Thang Long Citadel includes the monumental architectural constructions built in different stages of history and has become one of the most important relics in the system of historical relics in Vietnam. Recognized as the world’s cultural heritage, Thang Long Citadel officially becomes the world assest which is in need of well protection and exploitation.
Hanoians are proud of their cultures. They are a series of traditional handicraft villages, such as Bat Trang ceramic and pottery village, Hang Bac silver-making street, Ngu Xa bronze-making, Phu Do noodle-making, Yen Phu incense, and Ngoc Ha flower, and Dong Ho picture villages. Hanoians are extremely good at making and tasting food. They have so many delicacies, for example, Banh cuon (steamed rice roll), Cha ca La Vong (La Vong grilled fish), Pho (noodle) with chicken or beef, Nem (spring roll), and so on
Adding more to Hanoi's culture, kinds of arts play very impotant role. Hanoi’s famous culture also lies in Folk performances, which are Water Puppet, Cheo, Tuong and A Dao… (a traditional kind of music performances).