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  • 1. Ba Vi National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Magnificent and (especially on one of the frequent foggy days) moody, Ba Vi offers a convenient natural refuge from the bustle of Hanoi. The...Read More

  • 2. Bia Hoi Corner

    Hoan Kiem District | Historic District/Site

    For some in-your-face Vietnamese chaos, venture into Hanoi's lively Old Quarter, home to cheap eats, authentic cuisine, and the bia hoi corner...Read More

  • 3. Fine Arts Museum

    Ba Dinh District | Museum/Gallery

    Silk paintings, folk art, sculptures, artifacts, and lacquer works are among the works of art at this museum neighboring the Temple of Literature...Read More

  • 4. Hanoi Opera House

    Hoan Kiem District | Arts/Performance Venue

    One of colonial Hanoi's most iconic edifices, the Hanoi Opera House was built by the French in the first decade of the 20th century as an Indochinese...Read More

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  • 5. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Ba Dinh District | Cemetery

    Ho Chi Minh may have opposed the idea of being preserved and displayed in state after his death, but his wishes to be cremated were ignored...Read More

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  • 6. Hoa Lo Prison

    Hoan Kiem District | Museum/Gallery

    Originally built by French colonizers to house Vietnamese political prisoners, Hoa Lo prison later held American prisoners of war and was called...Read More

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  • 7. Temple of Literature

    Dong Da District | Notable Building

    The Temple of Literature, or Van Mieu, is a treasure trove of Vietnamese architecture and a monument to the importance of education and Confucianism...Read More

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  • 8. Tran Quoc Pagoda

    Tay Ho District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Hanoi's oldest temple dates from the 6th century, when King Ly Nam De had a pagoda, named Khai Quoc, built on the bank of the Red River. More...Read More

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  • 9. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    Cau Giay | Museum/Gallery

    Showcasing the cultural heritage of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, this museum has an indoor exhibition with a large collection of photographs...Read More

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  • 10. Ambassador's Pagoda

    Hoan Kiem District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This stately prayer house once served the many ambassadors who called on the Le kings. A hall named Quan Su was built in the 15th century to...Read More

  • 11. Ba Dinh Square

    Ba Dinh District | Plaza/Square

    Dien Bien Phu Street comes to an end at the minimally landscaped Ba Dinh Square, in the center of which flutters Hanoi's largest Vietnamese...Read More

  • 12. Botanical Gardens

    Garden

    This 50-acre park behind the Presidential Palace was designed by French landscape engineers in 1890. After defeating the French in Hanoi in...Read More

  • 13. Co Loa Citadel

    Ruins

    The first fortified citadel in Vietnamese history (dating back to the 3rd century) and a onetime capital of the country, Co Loa is worth visiting...Read More

  • 14. Cultural Friendship Palace

    Hoan Kiem District | Castle/Palace

    Never one to downplay its influence, the Soviet Union assisted with the design and construction of this "workers' cultural palace," formerly...Read More

  • 15. Dau Pagoda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 11th-century pagoda from the Ly dynasty houses Vietnam's two most famous mummies. In 1639 the Buddhist monks Vu Khac Minh and Vu Khac Truong...Read More

  • 16. Dong Xuan Market

    Hoan Kiem District | Market/Bazaar

    Once conveniently accessible by riverboat, this market, the oldest and largest in the city, has seen trading with the whole of Southeast Asia...Read More

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  • 17. Hang Bac Street

    Neighborhood/Street

    Silversmiths and money changers once dominated this street, which still has a wide selection of jewelry shops. The Dong Cac jewelers' guild...Read More

  • 18. Hang Gai Street

    Hoan Kiem District | Neighborhood/Street

    The Street of Hemp now sells a variety of goods, including ready-made silk, lovely embroidery, and silver products. With plenty of art galleries...Read More

  • 19. Hang Ma Street

    Hoan Kiem District | Neighborhood/Street

    Here you can find delicate ma, paper replicas of material possessions made to be burned in tribute to one's ancestors. These days Honda motorbikes...Read More

  • 20. Hang Quat Street

    Hoan Kiem District | Neighborhood/Street

    Shops along the Street of Fans sell a stunning selection of religious paraphernalia, including beautiful funeral and festival flags, porcelain...Read More

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