Things To Do In Hanoi
Capital of vietnam and second largest city after Ho Chi Minh City is a very popular destination in the north of Vietnam. This city rich in culture is an amazing destination to visit and the gateway to the popular Ha Long Bay.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial to the famous chairman of the communist party of vietnam. Constructed in 1975. The mausoleum was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow but incorporates distinct Vietnamese architectural designs. Visiting the Mausoleum is free of charge but has strict security rules, no cameras allowed inside. Make sure you check what time the mausoleum opens to the public if you want to take a quick peek at Uncle Ho as the locals call him. If you are lucky you can also get to see the change of guards.
One Pillar Pagoda
The One Pillar Pagoda is a historic tiny buddhist temple. This famous Pagoda is said to represent a lotus flower growing up out of the water.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum dedicated to the beloved Vietnamese leader is a complete representation of his life and his legacy. From gifts given to him by various countries to communist propaganda, this is one interesting museum to learn about vietnamese history.
The Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 was first built to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. This is one of the best places to visit in all of hanoi, its traditional architecture and rich history makes it a popular attraction for tourists.
The presidential palace
The presidential palace of vietnam was built in 1900 to house the French Governor of Indochina. When Vietnam achieved independence in 1954, Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the luxurious palace for symbolic reasons and eventually built a traditional Vietnamese stilt house for his personal use.
Ho Chi Minh Stilt House
For most of his tenure as President of North Vietnam,Ho Chi Minh lived in this modest stilt house behind the luxurious Presidential Palace.
The Trấn Quốc Pagoda
The Trấn Quốc Pagoda in Hanoi is the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century. This pagoda is a little out of the city center but still a very special place to visit as it is surrounded by a beautiful lake.
Ha Long Bay
Most tourist visiting Hanoi are there to get to the beautiful Ha Long Bay. This is a magical place and one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Finally I leave you with a little piece from the famous water puppet show.