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Today we would like to introduce to you the TOP 7 places to visit in Hanoi, the Vietnam’s Capital. GoAsiaDayTrip is a Vietnamese travel agency offering tours, cruises and airport transfers in South-East Asia. We will provide you many tips to visit South-East Asia in a lovely way thanks to our experience.
7. Hanoi Opera House
Located in the heart of Hanoi, the Hanoi Opera House is a very prestigious building that you must see during your visit. It is located on 1Trang Tien Street near the Hoan Kiem Lake. As you can see on the picture below, it reflects the French Architecture. Indeed, the monument was built between 1901 and 1911 by the French architects Harley and Broyer. They were inspired by the Palais Garnier opera house of Paris. It was renovated during the Francophonie Summit in 1997. It attracts a lot of visitors every year from its 34 meters of height. Because of its prestigious architecture, many locals consider it as the most beautiful building from the French Architecture of the Capital.
Explore Hanoi Opera House with Hanoi One Day Tour.
6. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Spiritual place of TOP 7 Places to visit in Hanoi
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located on the Ba Dinh Square on the North-West of Hanoi. It was inaugurated on August 29, 1975 and is the resting place of Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh is considered as a Hero in Vietnam as he was the leader of the movement called “Viet Minh” which led the country to the independence. This building was inspired of the Lenin’s Mausoleum located in Moscow. It is considered as a pilgrimage site. Thereby, do not forget when you will go there, to wear an appropriate outfit covering arms and legs. Moreover, you should adopt a blameless behaviour in order to avoid trouble with military guards.
Opening Time: Tuesday 8AM – 4:30PM, Wednesday & Thursday 8AM – 11:30 AM and Saturday & Sunday 8AM – 11:30 AM.
5. Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is located on the West side of Hanoi. It’s a Confucian Temple that was serving, on the beginning, as an Imperial Academy. It was built in 1070. Nowadays, it is considered as one of the most important Temple of Confucius of the country. Because of its Traditional Vietnamese Architecture, it attracts many tourists every year. This Temple is divided in 5 indoor courtyards. It is a tranquil and calm place where you could appreciate its Traditional Vietnamese Architecture as well as the nature all around.
You can visit it from Tuesday to Sunday between 8:30 – 11:30 AM and 1:30 – 4:30 PM. The entrance fee costs 10 000 VND or $1.
4. Vietnamese Women’s Museum
The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is located on the heart of Hanoi near the Hoan Kiem Lake. Opened since 1987, it’s the result of the project led by the Vietnam Women’s Union. Thereby, its mission is to show the role played by women in the History across a lot of artworks (about 28,000). Over there you will find traditional outfits, paintings, etc. It will be interesting for you because of its history. It summarizes many historical times of Vietnam. It’s opened everyday from 8AM to 4:30 PM, except on Monday.
Understanding what’s women in Vietnam do everyday with Hanoi Cooking Class.
3. French Quarter – Western corner of TOP 7 Places to visit in Hanoi
The French Quarter is located on the South-East of Hoan Kiem Lake. As indicated by its name, it embodies the French presence of the colonial time. Indeed, during their presence in Hanoi, French destroyed many Asian buildings to build new one. That’s why they destroyed Bao Thien Pagoda and replaced it by the St. Joseph’s Cathedral for example. This cathedral was built in 1886 and inspired by Notre Dame de Paris. Because of the French influence, we find in this area many buildings with French architecture as well as restaurants and shops.
Tasting foods around French Corner with Hanoi Food Tour around Old Quarter.
2. Old Quarter
The Old Quarter is one of the most famous places of Hanoi that you must visit during your trip to the capital! You will find many buildings from the colonial time such as temples and pagodas. It’s also known as being the area with 36 streets because we find street with particular activities such as silk street, cotton street or sugar street. It’s located in the heart of the city and is very attractive. If you like nightlife you can go to the junction of Ma May and Ta Hien Streets where you will find many bars and Street Food places.
1. Hoan Kiem Lake – Must-visit of TOP 7 Places to visit in Hanoi.
To conclude: the Hoan Kiem Lake also known as “Lake of the Returned Sword” is a must-see place during your Hanoi trip. Located in the heart of Hanoi, it is calm, relaxing and attractive. The traffic is closed for motorbikes and cars from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Children used to play there, teenagers to dance, couples to walk around and elderly to practice aerobic when the sun goes down. Ngoc Temple and Turtle Tower are unmissable buildings! This place is even more beautiful at sunset!