Sights in Hanoi

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Hanoi sights reflect the rich history of Vietnam. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. It is situated on the bank of the Red River. In Hanoi there is a fusion between old and new creating a vibrant city that charms its visitors. There are many historical sights as well as all the modern conveniences necessary to ensure that visitors have a comfortable stay.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open in the morning from Monday until Friday. Visitors to the mausoleum should behave respectfully and dress conservatively. Photos are prohibited inside the mausoleum. The mausoleum is closed for a few months every year so check opening times before visiting.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum is located near Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The building was built in 1990 and is modeled from the form of a white lotus. Educational displays illustrate Vietnam and Hanoi's history. There are photos and letters on display. Exhibits offer more information on Ho Chi Minh's life. Guides who speak a variety of languages are available. There is an admission fee.

One Pillar Pagoda

The One Pillar Pagoda is located in the west of Hanoi. The name of the pagoda is Dien Huu which translates to "long lasting happiness." The pagoda was constructed from wood in 1049 when King Ly Thai Tong was in power. The pillar was ruined by the French in 1954 but has since been reconstructed.

Art Museum

The art museum displays beautiful art that reflects Vietnamese culture. There are exhibitions of a variety of mediums of art including paintings and sculptures. Items from various hill tribes offer insight into the tribal way of life. Displays of war items give more information of the wars fought in the surrounding areas. Exhibitions are explained in English for the benefit of tourists.

Sword Restored Lake


Sword Restored Lake is located at the city center. Legend has it that the lake was named after King Le Thai To's Sword. The sword helped him fight successfully in many battles. When the wars were over King Le Thai To was on a boat on the lake and a huge turtle rose from the sea and took his sword. According to the legend he believed that the sword was given to him by a genie to help him win the wars and when the battles were finished the genie had returned to reclaim the sword.

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Location: Temple of Literature is located on Van Mieu Street, 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Characteristic: Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is a famous historical and cultural relic consisting of the Temple of Literature and Vietnam’s first university. The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in honour of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

Quoc Tu Giam, or Vietnam's first university, was built in 1076. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this more..

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Hoan Kiem Lake ( Lake of the Restored Sword ) is located right in the  center of Hanoi and is the city's top attraction for foreign and Vietnamese tourists.

The lake holds a significant importance to the Vietnamese people. Legend has it that the lake is now home to the “Magic” Sword owned by King Le Thai To which was instrumental in defeating the Chinese.

There is also a temple ( Ngoc Son ) on the small island in the middle of the lake which offers a unique view of the area surrounding the lake. You can also catch some local people playing traditional more..

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Fine Arts Museum

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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When Ho Chi Minh President died in 1969, he was embalmed. He is now on display to the public, lying in a glass box in a simple khaki uniform, and looking a little yellow around the chops. Visitors are not allowed to carry anything while viewing the body. Arrive early to avoid the long lines as people deposit and retrieve their belongings.

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Tues.–Thurs. 7:30.–10:30 a.m.

Sat. and Sun. 7:30–11 a.m.

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Ngoc Son Temple

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Built on a small island in the Hoan Kiem lake

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Hoan Kiem Lake

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Hoan Kiem Lake ( Lake of the Restored Sword ) is located right in the  center of Hanoi and is the city's top attraction for foreign and Vietnamese tourists.

The lake holds a significant importance to the Vietnamese people. Legend has it that the lake is home to the “Magic” Sword owned by King Le Thai To which was instrumental in defeating the Chinese.

There is also a temple ( Ngoc Son ) on a small island in the middle of the lake which offers a unique view of the area surrounding it. You can also catch some local people more..

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House of Ho Chi Minh

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