Ha Noi is the capital of Vietnam with more than 1000 years of history, It has many cultural and historic sites that attract a lot of tourists in and outside the country . Below are 10 must – visit tourist attractions in Hanoi.
1. Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest ones in Vietnam on the eastern shore of West Lake .The current structures are very impressive and date back to 1842. The pagoda is just off the road that divides West Lake and Truc Bach Lake. Tran Quoc Pagoda is the foremost symbol of Buddhism in the country. The landmark is beautiful offering good ambience and nice photos.
2. West Lake
In the north of the old quarter is the massive Ho Tay. This is the largest lake in Hanoi with a shore length of around 18 km and is a popular place to relax with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas.
3. Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison was a prison of French colonialists in Vietnam for political prisoners and then North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when called by prisoners of war “Hilton Hanoi”. The prison was destroyed in the 1990s, although the gate was still a museum.
4. National Museum of Fine Arts
For a glimpse of Vietnamese culture, the National Museum of Fine Arts is the best place to visit. The Museum displays Vietnamese art from all periods of history. This facility contains a large collection of art, sculpture, crafts and artifacts from all periods of Vietnamese history.
5. Presidential Palace
Although President Ho Chi Minh passed away, the Presidential Palace in Hanoi is a remarkable highlight. The palace was built between 1900 and 1906 as the President of Indochina. The Presidential Palace complex is open daily from 7:30 am to 4 pm, with lunch from 11am to 1:30 pm.
6. Hoan Kiem Lake
Hanoi is a city of lakes and Hoan Kiem is one of the most popular places with visitors. Beautiful and tranquil, the lake offers a soft turtle habitat and contains many picturesque temples and small bridges.
7. One Pillar Pagoda
The One Pillar Pagoda is almost peerless in Vietnam, with a history of a full thousand years. The iconic landmark was heavily damaged by the French in 1954 but was rebuilt decades later.
8. President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
One of the most visible tombs in the world, the great memory of the most famous leaders in Vietnam provided to Hanoi with a milestone equal to that of Lenin’s tomb in Moscow. Opened in 1975, the tomb also has a museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
9. Opera House
Hanoi Opera House is located on the Revolution Square in August, the center of Hanoi, near the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Museum of Vietnamese History. The theater, designed and supervised by the French, was built in 1901 and was completed in 1911. It marked an important period in the history of architectural development in Vietnam under the French last 19th century to early twentieth century. It is a historical witness of the Hanoi Revolution.
Hanoi Opera House is not only a venue for performing arts but also a place for tourists to enjoy a historic architecture nearly 100 years old.
10. Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is located on Van Mieu Street, 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake. Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is a famous historical and cultural monument, including the Temple of Literature and Vietnam as the first university. The temple was built in 1070 to honor Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral character in Vietnamese education.