Hanoi Attractions

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  • One Pillar Pagoda

    One Pillar Pagoda

    Rising from one pillar in the centre of an elegantly square shaped lotus pond, The One Pillar Pagoda is said to represent a lotus flower growing up out of the water. Read More...

  • Temple of Literature

    Temple of Literature

    The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars Read More...

  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural Read More...

  • Vietnam Women’s Museum

    Vietnam Women’s Museum

    The Vietnam Women’s Museum delivers a beautifully presented tribute to the women of Vietnam. There are plenty of historical contexts alongside a wealth of Read More...

  • Water Puppet Theatre

    Water Puppet Theatre

    The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. This tradition is unique to North Vietnam. Read More...

  • West Lake

    West Lake

    Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, West Lake has a circumference of 17km and houses many of the city’s historic places of interest around its perimeter – Read More...

Other Attractions in Hanoi

Art Museum

A compact collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and hill tribe articles. Military Museum Displays and memorabilia of the wars against France and the USA.

There is an interesting model of the President's house at the time of the fall of Saigon. Adequate explanations in English. 

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Handicraft Villages

There are several handicraft villages worth visiting around Hanoi, including the silk weaving village of Van Phuc, the ceramic centre at Bat Trang, and the furniture making village of Dong Ky. Of culinary interest is the snake-breeding village of Le Mat, with several restaurants cooking the serpents to order. 

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History Museum

Houses articles dating from prehistoric periods up to 1945. The Imperial days of the Nguyen Dynasty are particularly well represented. 

Museum of Ho Chi Minh

Built in 1990 to commemorate his 100th birthday, the museum is dedicated to Ho Chi Minh's life and legacy.

Exhibits are not always easy to understand, and a tour with a competent guide is recommended. 

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Revolutionary Museum

Documents the wars against French and American forces. Small, but with many original and interesting exhibits. 

The Tran Quoc Pagoda

This attractive pagoda is one of the oldest in Vietnam and sits on an island in the West Lake. King Ly Nam De commissioned the construction of this pagoda on the river bank 1,400 years ago. During the reign of King Le Kinh Tong (1600-1618), the pagoda was moved to its current location. Next to the pagoda there are some bars and restaurants. There is a walkway affording access. 

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