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Ranked #1 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Flea/ Street Markets; Cultural
Owner description: Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for... more » Owner description: Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or service. « less
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Ranked #2 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Focused on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture, this museum highlights their roles in Vietnam's many... more » Owner description: Focused on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture, this museum highlights their roles in Vietnam's many military conflicts as well as in commerce, including features on female street vendors, women's role in the family, and more recently, single mothers in Vietnam. « less
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Ranked #3 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) is a unit under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. VME is both a research centre and a... more » Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) is a unit under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. VME is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation's different ethnic groups. « less
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Ranked #4 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Category: Religious Sites; Educational Sites; History Museums; Cultural
Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial... more » Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám, 國子監), Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The Temple is located to the south of Thang Long Citadel. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote. Just before the Vietnamese New Year celebration Tết, calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Hán characters. The art works are given as gifts or are used as home decorations for special occasions. « less
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Ranked #5 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic... more » Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter. « less
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Owner description: Local music in a historical setting at ancient houseCa Tru Thang Long Guild is a voluntary, non-profit group of ca tru... more » Owner description: Local music in a historical setting at ancient houseCa Tru Thang Long Guild is a voluntary, non-profit group of ca tru musicians founded in 2006. "This is a very small concert for about 40 persons held in an ancient house in the old quarter of Hanoi. It is a World Heritage Intangible experience that is striving to keep this ancient musical performance from dying. It is about an hour show. They are quite good about explaining the instruments and the history of the music. They even let you come try out the instruments. The hot tea and little cake is a nice touch at intermission"-visited wrote"The singers had such dear, expressive faces and sang with such intensity. The instruments were unique and had a real otherworldly quality to them and the presentation and overall performance were of a very high quality. I felt delighted, entertained and educated. Well worth going to see."-Visited wrote « less
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Ranked #8 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors
Owner description: This birthplace of two Vietnamese kings 60 kilometers west of Hanoi features preserved architecture and relics of a 1200 year... more » Owner description: This birthplace of two Vietnamese kings 60 kilometers west of Hanoi features preserved architecture and relics of a 1200 year old Vietnamese Village. Duong Lam features a preserved communal house, and hundreds of statues and relics in a picturesque rural area.A journey to Duong Lam village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam's culture and Vietnam's traditions. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses. « less
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Ranked #9 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Ranked #10 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: This museum was opened in 1966. Though in need of updating, some interesting artifacts are on display in its three floors... more » Owner description: This museum was opened in 1966. Though in need of updating, some interesting artifacts are on display in its three floors organized chronologically. « less
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Ranked #11 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Bridges; Landmarks
Owner description: The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the... more » Owner description: The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the bridge sustained significant damage during the Vietnam War. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape, but a rebuilding project supported by the French government is currently in progress to restore the bridge to its original appearance. « less
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West Lake
Ranked #12 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded by many shops, restaurants, gardens, and hotels. It... more » Owner description: The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded by many shops, restaurants, gardens, and hotels. It features the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, Vietnamese for "Stabilizing the Nation." « less
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Ranked #13 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Museums

This recommendation to travelers to Hanoi is a new book published by Yale University Southeast Asia Studies called Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton Stories.   The author is Nguyen Chi Thien... more »

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Ranked #14 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre.
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Ranked #15 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Ho Chi Minh opted to live in this modest wooden house rather than the opulent Presidential Palace.
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Ranked #16 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Silks, silver and souvenirs draw tourists to this popular street market.
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Ranked #17 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the historic place where Respected Uncle Ho read the Vietnam Manifesto on September 2nd, 1945. There are always two guardmen dressed in white uniforms... more »

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Ranked #18 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #19 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Parks; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Architectural Buildings; Theaters & Stadiums
This leading performance hall is famous for being an architectural mimic of the grand Paris Opera.
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Ranked #22 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #23 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
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Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: This repository of Vietnam's military history includes rooms full of war propganda, photographs and documents from wars... more » Owner description: This repository of Vietnam's military history includes rooms full of war propganda, photographs and documents from wars against China, France, and the United States. The grounds feature several captured aircraft as well as a central structure build from the wreckage of French and American planes. Visitors may climb the flag tower, with great views from the top. « less
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Ranked #24 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: This museum costs about $10 U.S. round trip there and back from the Old Quarter and is located on the southern outskirts of... more » Owner description: This museum costs about $10 U.S. round trip there and back from the Old Quarter and is located on the southern outskirts of the city. It's run by the Vietnamese military. Inside is a front section of a jet fighter where one can climb in and have a friend take his photo. Outside are numerous pieces of military equipment. There's an abundance of MIGs, helicopters, army trucks, radar, artillery pieces, tanks, etc. For someone who enjoys military memorabilia, this is the place for them. Much of the equipment was given to the Vietnamese by the USSR and one piece even came to them from the Germans by way of the Soviets. One of the pieces is a huge helicopter in back. There's also the wreckage of an American jet aircraft from a carrier. I thought the Army Museum had a lot of military equipment in it but this beats that one by a long shot. « less
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Ranked #25 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #27 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century, and named after Saint Van Xuong. Confucian scholar Nguyen... more » Owner description: This temple alongside Lake Hoan Kiem was built in the 19th century, and named after Saint Van Xuong. Confucian scholar Nguyen Van Sieu had a large pen-shaped tower built at the entrance of the temple in 1864, featuring three Chinese characters, Ta Thanh Thien, which literally means "to write on the blue sky is to imply the height of a genuine and righteous person's determination and will." « less
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Ranked #28 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
Entering this majestic church is like walking into 1886, as little has changed since it first opened its doors.
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Ranked #29 of 91 attractions in Hanoi
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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