Attractions

Quan Thanh Temple

God of the North While there are a plethora of temples in Hanoi, Quan Thanh is one of the most famous. Situated across from West…

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Temple of Literature

A Temple and a School Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature continues to provide a peaceful repose in the…

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Train Street

All Aboard The traffic in Vietnamese cities is famously harrowing, motorbikes zooming perilously between cars. There is one street in Hanoi where traffic is not a…

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Tran Quoc Pagoda

Ancient Place of Worship Built during the 6th century, Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Vietnam. But it wasn’t originally…

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Presidential Palace

A Palace That’s Better on the Outside Because the building is still used for official government business, visitors aren’t allowed to go inside Hanoi’s Presidential…

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Old Quarter

Heart of Hanoi While some of Hanoi’s major attractions are elsewhere, most of them are centered in the Old Quarter. This district of the city…

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Hanoi Citadel

Seat of an Empire Originally founded by the Ly Dynasty in the early 1000s, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long served as the center of…

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Preserved for Posterity Like Vladimir Lenin before him and Mao Zedong after him, Ho Chi Minh did not want his body to be preserved after…

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Hua Lo Prison

A Fearsome History Built by the French in the late 1800s, Hua Lo Prison served as a jail well into the 20th century. While the French…

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Hanoi Botanical Garden

Green Hanoi Like most cities, Hanoi is filled with tall buildings that block out the sun and non-stop traffic. The Hanoi Botanical Garden, also known…

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