5 famous historical attractions in Hanoi


Hanoi is a 1000-year-old city, so he wealth of history here is huge: the temples, the ancient citadel, the unique theater and the beautiful wilderness just outside the city bring amusing days in the Vietnamese capital. Be sure to visit as many of these attractions as possible in Hanoi because they all provide entertainment, beauty and education at different intersections. Enjoy the list of most-visited destinations in Hanoi below.

1. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Thang Long Citadel which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an attractive monument of Vietnamese history and expressing its historical and cultural importance. Standing 40 meters high, the central flag tower is the most recognizable feature of the Citadel and is often used as a symbol of Hanoi.


This is the center of ancient Hanoi and was a political center for eight centuries. Located in Ba Dinh, Thang Long Citadel is close to many other tourist destinations.

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 12:30, 13:30 – 19:30 

Location: 19C Hoang Dieu, Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

2. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh left an inerasable mark in Vietnamese history and he was worshiped in Hanoi as the country’s greatest leader. Nicknamed Uncle Ho by the local people, his preserved body is now set to rest in a glass case in Ba Dinh area of Hanoi. This is more than a tourist attraction, it is part of living history and a visit here stays long in memory. The mausoleum is modeled after Lenin tomb, in Moscow.


Opening Hours: 07:30 – 10:30 (Tuesday – Thursday), 07:30 – 11:00 (Saturday – Sunday)

Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

3. Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House, located in the heart of French Quarter, is said to be one of the most elegant buildings in Hanoi. Built in 1911 and modeled after the Paris Opera House, this historic landmark exudes the charm of Paris from ivory columns, ornate railing and Gothic arches. From 100,000 VND or more, guests can enjoy classic performances from Vietnamese opera and dance performances to sketches and concerts by world-renowned artists.



Address: 1 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

4. Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature is a charming temple complex in central Hanoi, originally built to be a learning center exclusively for Chinese sages and scholars. Over the past 1000 years, many buildings have been added and beautified until now this large area is filled with ornate pavilions, temples and a rich garden. It has become a rite of passage for graduate doctors to visit the Temple of Literature and the whole place is sunk in Vietnamese history.


Opening Hours: 8:30 – 11:30, 13:30 – 16:30 (Tuesday – Sunday)  

Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da, Hanoi

5. Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple

Hoan Kiem Lake (Turtle Lake) is a central feature of Hanoi and is a popular entertainment venue throughout the day with locals and tourists. Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small island in the center of the lake and is linked by a bridge, creating a beautiful background for some photos.


Around the sunrise and sunset, the area became especially busy with joggers, couples enjoying relaxing views by the lake and old people practicing Tai Chi and dancing on the road. Hoan Kiem Lake is free, but there is a 20,000 fee to visit Ngoc Son Temple, located on a small island in the center of the lake.

Address: Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

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