Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, located on the banks of the Red River in the northern region of the country. Vietnam’s second largest city is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, which is now rapidly developing. In Hanoi you can find a nice combination of Sino-Vietnamese and French influences as the city boasts spiritual ancient pagodas and well-preserved colonial buildings.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is an important historical attraction as it is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, revolutionary leader who has led Vietnam to independence and reunification. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square. Mausoleum is open to the public and the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh can be seen there.
Flag Tower of Hanoi
Flag Tower of Hanoi is one of the symbols of Vietnam’s capital built more than 200 years ago. Located in the center of the city, the 33 meter high Flag Tower is a historic attraction you shouldn’t miss while visiting Hanoi.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi. Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on a small island in West Lake of Hanoi. The temple complex is surrounded by greenery making it a very scenic place. The 15 meters high main pagoda made up of eleven levels is the highlight of Tran Quoc Pagoda.
Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple
Hoan Kiem Lake is the lake in the center of Hanoi which is considered to be a symbol of Vietnam’s capital. Centrally located lake is a perfect place to get away from the noise of the bustling city. There’s a small island in Hoan Kiem Lake where Ngoc Son Temple is situated since the 18th century.
Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature in Hanoi is a Temple of Confucius built in 1070 and hosting the first university of Vietnam. The Temple of Literature is one of the most picturesque tourist attractions in Hanoi as the temple is very well preserved and is a superb example of traditional Vietnamese architecture.
Presidential Palace Hanoi
Presidential Palace Hanoi was built at the beginning of 20th century and housed the French Governor of Indochina. The palace is built in colonial French architectural style with nice gardens and pond surrounding it. Only surroundings of Presidential Palace Hanoi can be visited as the main building is still used for governmental purposes.
Saint Joseph Cathedral of Hanoi
St. Joseph's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Hanoi. It was built in late 19th century and is the oldest church in Hanoi.