01 Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

A beautiful basket of flowers inside Hanoi, a mirror-like green lake, a place of love, etc. are converged in Hoan Kiem Lake – the core of Hanoi!
02 West Lake

West Lake

Ho Tay is the largest of all the lakes in Ha Noi. The lake is on the northwest part of the city. Long ago, the lake was a branch of the Red river but later, as the river changed course, the lake remained a body of water just west of the river. There are many legends associated with West Lake. The most popular is the legend of the golden...
03 Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature

Built in the latter part of the ninth century, Van Mieu is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its original purpose was the worship of the sages and saints of Confucianism, but six years later, a National College was established on the site. Initially, it admitted only princes, but soon expanded to admit bright students...
04 One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

Rivaling Cot Co as one of Hanoi’s most prominent icons, the Chua Mot Cot or the One Pillar Pagoda was constructed by Emperor Ly Thai Tong in AD 1049. Situated within the tiny Dien Huu Pagoda, also dating from the 11th century, this wooden pagoda was built, as the name suggests, on a single stone pillar, standing in an elegant lotus...
05 Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House

Location: The Hanoi Opera House is situated on Le Thanh Tong St., Hanoi; near the Red River and several hundreds meters east of Hoan Kiem Lake. Characteristics: It is an old theatre with French architecture and typical Gothic and Mosaic characters reflected on the door domes and the glassed room respectively. For a long time, the Hanoi...
06 Bat Trang Pottery Village

Bat Trang Pottery Village

Situated on the left bank of the Red River, about 10km away from the center of Hanoi is the pottery village of Bat Trang. Bat Trang village, the most ancient and famous pottery village of Vietnam, continues to work today and is constantly developing.It is said that, the village took its first name from Bach Thu guild (a guild of Kaolin...
07 Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison

Euphemistically called by the French, the Maison Centrale, this is another infamous hostelry, known to American GIs as the “Hà Nội Hilton”. Hoa Lo Prison was designed by Auguste-Henri Vildieu and built by the French in 1899.Originally much larger and planned to hold 450 prisoners, records show that at one time in the...
08 Army Museum

Army Museum

Hanoi, situated in the delta of the Red River and enveloped by various lakes is the, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The word Hanoi means river interior and established in 1010 A.D, Hanoi for many centuries served as the capital of various Vietnamese dynasties. Hanoi consisting of eight inner districts and five outer...
09 Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple

Location:  Ngoc Son Temple is on Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Characteristic: Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are...
10 Water puppet show

Water puppet show

Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. "puppets that dance on water") is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century CE when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. The puppets...
11 Museum of History

Museum of History

Location: 1 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hà Nội, Việt NamOriginally established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot and housed in a building which typifies the hybrid ‘Indochinese style’ of architecture, this museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people from the earliest times to...
12 Old Quarter

Old Quarter

As the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, Hanoi's Old Quarter has a history that spans 2,000 years and represents the eternal soul of the city. Located between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, the Old Quarter started as a snake and alligator-infested swamp. It...
13 Duong Lam Village

Duong Lam Village

This village has been known as a museum of laterite with ancient houses aged up to 400 years old. It is also the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from. After the recognition of Hoi An ancient town and Hanoi old quarter, Duong Lam was recognized as a national relic in 2005.In Duong Lam Commune, visitors can see famous relics such as...
14 Thong Nhat Park

Thong Nhat Park

Thong Nhat Park is surrounded by Tran Nhan Tong, Le Duan, Dai Co Viet, and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets in Hanoi. Thong Nhat Park covers an area of more than 50ha. It is an elegant place in Hanoi.The park was built in 1958 and inaugurated in 1960. At that time, the country was divided into two parts with two different political regimes; the park...
15 Thu Le Park (Thu Le Zoo)

Thu Le Park (Thu Le Zoo)

Thu Le Park is located at Nguyen Van Ngoc street, Ngoc Khanh street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi. It is both an entertainment place and spacious green trees.The Thu Le Park was constructed since 1975 and completed in 1996. It covers 29 hectares, including 6 hectares for lakes, 5 exhibition areas and 40 animal houses with 600 animals of more than...
16 Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

In his will, the President stated his wish to be cremated, and to have his ash buried on the hills of the North, the Center, and the South of Vietnam. Yet, in honor of his huge dedication for the country and for the love of all Vietnamese for him, the successor Communist Government decided to keep his body so that he can see the whole...
17 Ba Dinh Square

Ba Dinh Square

 Ba Dinh square, where Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum lies, is a historical site where President Ho Chi Minh read the Independence Declaration of Vietnam on September 2nd, 1945. It was originally the western gate of the ancient Hanoi citadel. Under the French colony, the wall was destroyed to build a small flower garden named Pugininer, and...
18 Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace

Now walking a few steps, visitors will pass by the Presidential Palace, right  next to the mausoleum. From 1901-1906, the palace was built by the French colonialists, as a palace of the General Indochina Governor. It has a special typical French structure and architecture. Since 1954, the Vietnamese Government took over this Palace to house...
19 Ho Chi Minh’s Residence

Ho Chi Minh’s Residence

Refusing to live in the Presidential palace, President Ho Chi Minh lived in a normal electrician’s house nearby. The Government had a simple and nature-oriented environment constructed for him to live and work. Walking around, visitors can feel his simple and pure lifestyle in an wooden tiled house on stilt (of the Ethnic minority...
20 Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum

The museum is located on an area of the historical Ba Dinh square, the last spot in Ho Chi Minh complex. It was commenced in August 1985 and inaugurated on May 19th 1990 right on the birth centenary anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh.The museum was built in the shape of a white lotus flower, which is nearly 20m high, including 3 floors. In the...
21 Bao Son Paradise Park

Bao Son Paradise Park

The newly-open Bao Son Paradise Park in Hoai Duc District of Hanoi is the biggest entertainment and tourism complex in the North. Opened to the public in early September of 2008, the park help to quench local people’s thirst for entertainment and relaxation.The 20ha entertainment and tourism complex, built at a total cost of US$50 million...
22 Vietnam Women's Museum

Vietnam Women's Museum

The Việt Nam Women's Museum was inaugurated on 20 October 1995, the 65th anniversary of the Việt Nam Women's Association (Hội Liên hiệp Phụ nữ Việt Nam), in recognition of  the great contributions and sacrifices of Vietnamese women to national defence and construction. It was extensively renovated in 2001. The...
23 Bat Trang Ceramic

Bat Trang Ceramic

Bat Trang Ceramic Village is on the left bank of Hong river and about 10 km from Hanoi in East (in Gia Lam District, Hanoi), there situated a pottery village, which is the most famous and long-standing pottery village in Vietnam for its name of Bat Trang. Up to present, Ba Trang Pottery Village has still been operating and developing...
24 Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum

Housed in a large colonial building which functioned prior to 1945 as a boarding school for the children of French Indochinese officials, the Việt Nam Fine Art Museum began life in 1962 as an exhibition hall for Vietnamese artworks and became fully operational as a museum in 1966. Since the refurbishment and expansion of the museum in 1995 its...
25 St. Joseph's Cathedra

St. Joseph's Cathedra

St Joseph's Cathedral, or Nha Tha Lon, is the oldest church in Hanoi. It is located on Pho Nha Chung, or Nha Chung Street, a short distance from the Ho Hoan Kiem, the Lake of the Returned Sword.St Joseph's Cathedral was known simply as the "Big Church" among the Vietnamese of Hanoi. It was consecrated on the night of Christmas in 1886....
26 Hanoi Flag Tower

Hanoi Flag Tower

Location: Flag Tower is on Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi; near Ba Dinh Square. Characteristic: Hanoi Flag Tower, also called Cot Co, is one of the rare architectural works in Hanoi that was fortunate enough to not be destroyed by the French administration between 1894 and 1897.It was used by French troops as an observation...
27 Vietnam National Tuong Theatre

Vietnam National Tuong Theatre

Tuong (Classical drama) was formed in the 12th century, and in the 17th century it was very much in vogue. A Tuong play consists of dances, songs and music which are highly stylized, conventional and imbued with symbolism. In chronological order and by their contents, the Tuong plays are divided into traditional plays, royal plays, social plays...
28 Museum of the Revolution

Museum of the Revolution

Established in January 1959, the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution is housed in an elegant two-storey building formerly used by the Trade Department. It has been renovated and redesigned into 30 exhibition rooms which contain more than 80,000 historical artefacts. The first room presents Việt Nam and the Vietnamese. The exhibition continues...
29 Lenin statue

Lenin statue

There is a statue to Lenin in Hanoi. It is located in a triangle-shaped playground on Duong Dien Bien Phu Street, overlooking the Army Museum. I visited this larger-than life statue when documenting the sights in Hanoi for AsiaExplorers. Most of the Vietnamese people in the park appeared to ignore the statue, as I made my way to its front and...
30 Ly Thai To Statue

Ly Thai To Statue

About Ly Thai To Statue:Ly Thai To Statue is a statue standing at the center of Indira Gandhi Park. It commemorates the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty, which rulted the land known today as Vietnam for more than two hundred years, from 1009 to 1225AD. The dynasty was founded by Ly Cong Uan, who changed his name to Ly Thai To when he...
31 Cultural Friendship Palace

Cultural Friendship Palace

Hanoi spreads over 2,000 square kilometers, but most important sites lie in compact areas. Touring the major landmarks of Hanoi can be interesting. You can also try a trip around West Lake that takes in the rural suburbs. Cultural Friendship Palace (Cung Van Hoa Huu Nghi) in Hanoi is such a place where you can visit during your tour to...
32 Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

The term 'Botanical Gardens' generally applies to gardens which has a large number of plants carefully sorted out and documented for conducting scientific studies. Even if all are not publicly accessible the one in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam is definitely an exception. The Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao) in Hanoi is a small...
33 Ho Tay Water Park

Ho Tay Water Park

Location: Ho Tay Water Park is located in Tay Ho District, Hanoi. Characteristic: Ho Tay Water Park covers an area of 35,560m², comprising five entertainment sections. The first phase of its construction was completed on 19 May 2000, putting into operation several entertainment amenities. Among them are seven sliding lanes with...
34 Lang Pagoda

Lang Pagoda

Lang Pagoda, also called Chieu Thien Pagoda, is located on the land of the old Lang Village (present-day Lang Thuong Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi ), 6km west of the city centre. The Pagoda was built in the 12 th century under King Ly Anh Tong’s Dynasty (1138-1175) to worship Buddha, King Ly Than Tong (who reigned from 1128 to 1138) and...
35 Quan Chuong Gate

Quan Chuong Gate

Quan Chuong city gate is officially named Dong Ha City Gate (Dong Ha Mon) or Thanh Ha City Gate (Thanh Ha Mon). Dong Ha and Thanh Ha were names of the village and the precinct in which located the City Gate. From the downtown of Hanoi, following the streets of Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong, one can find Hang Chieu Street on the right hand....
36 Perfume Pagoda

Perfume Pagoda

The Perfume Pagoda or Perfume Temple (Vietnamese: Chùa Hương) is a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. It is the site of a religious festival which draws large numbers of pilgrims from across Vietnam.The centre of the Perfume Temple...
37 Bach Ma Temple

Bach Ma Temple

Bach Ma (White Horse) Temple is located at number 76 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. From 200 B.C. to 939 A.D, Vietnam was dominated by Chinese feudalism and in 866, the Tang Dynasty mandarin, Cao Pian, ordered the Đai La Citadel (now known as Hanoi) to be built bordered by the Red, To Lich, and Kim Nguu rivers.According to the...
38 Hang Gai Street (Hemp St.)

Hang Gai Street (Hemp St.)

Known as the street of silk, Hang Gai has been famous for a long time as one of the most bustling and boisterous streets in the capital city. With silk shops lined up side by side, the always crowded street is a “don’t miss area” for visitors to Hanoi. Located in Hang Gai Ward, Hoan Kiem District, the 250m-long street has 120...
39 Thanh Chuong Viet Palace

Thanh Chuong Viet Palace

Situated at a 10,000-square meter area at Day Dieu slope, Hiền Ninh commune, Soc Son district, painter Thanh Chuong began building Viet Phu (Palace) late 2001 and finished it in 2003. The palace preserves and honors Vietnamese spiritual and special art valuesThanh Chuong Viet Palace has 25 cultural works which combine...
40 Botanical Garden ( Bach Thao Park)

Botanical Garden ( Bach Thao Park)

Bach Thao Park or Hanoi Botanical Garden that is located behind Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum has been known as the green lung of the capital for more  than 100 years.The Botanical Garden of Hanoi was created in 1890 by French landscape architects. At that time it stretched over an area of 33 hectares. Although today it has shrunk to about two...
41 Ly Quoc Su Pagoda

Ly Quoc Su Pagoda

Ly Quoc Su Pagoda that is situated at  50 Ly Quoc Su street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, worships a Buddhist Monk of the Ly Dynasty (the 10th - 12th centuries). This Monk, whose full name was Nguyen Chi Thanh, was born on 1066 in Dien Xa Village, Gia Vien District in Ninh Binh province in the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong.
42 Thien Son Suoi Nga Resort

Thien Son Suoi Nga Resort

Thien Son-Suoi Nga is located between the valley of natural forest with a cool climate throughout the year. There are many rare animals such as weasel, squirrels, deer, pythons, monkeys and some special birds such as parrots, flutes and phoenix. This is a preciously natural resources to build a ideal Thien Son-Suoi Nga resort.Thien Son- Suoi Nga...
43 Dai Lai Lake

Dai Lai Lake

 Dai Lai Lake is about 50km away from the center of Hanoi. This has become an ideal attraction for a long times with the blue vast lake and the majestic Tam Dao mountain range in the distance.Dai Lai Lake is a large artificial lake. Formerly, the lake is a fertile valley lying between a mountain range Lizard, one side of the hills gradually...
44 Co Loa Festival

Co Loa Festival

Time: From the 6th to the 16th day of the first lunar month, the main festival day is on the 6th day of the first lunar month.Location: Co Loa Commune, Dong Anh District, Hanoi. Objects of worship: King An Duong Vuong. Activities: The procession of 12 hamlets and 7 villages, the procession of “alive” king in Nhoi...
45 Saint Giong Festival

Saint Giong Festival

The Saint Giong Festival is a unique tradition in Vietnam, held annually from the 6th-12th of the fourth lunar month at Phu Dong Temple (in Gia Lam District) and Soc Temple (Soc Son District) in Hanoi. The festival commemorates the legendary folk hero who grew from a three-year-old child into a giant overnight to help drive out invaders from the...
46 Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park

 Visiting to Ba Vi National Park, visitors will be immersed in the natural scenery of majestic mountains nd take the chance to be back with the legendary of Son Tinh - Thuy Tinh being sacred and poetic.Located 50km away from the center of the capital in the west, with fresh alpine climate, Ba Vi National Park has long become an ideal...