Hanoi attractions are breathtaking remnants of its 1,000-year history, visitors will be mind boggling by unique cultures and architectures as well as unique theatre and stunning wilderness just outside the city all offer fun-filled days in Vietnam’s capital. Make sure to visit as many of these attractions in Hanoi as possible because they all offer great spot beauty, historical site and enjoyable.
Don’t miss those places to visit in Hanoi as a listed below:
1. Ho Chi Minh complex
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex is heart of Vietnamese people where remained Ho Chi Minh’s body after he passed away. It is important place of pilgrimage for many Vietnamese when arrival in HaNoi. It consists of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Presidential Palace, The house No.54, Ho Chi Minh house on stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh museum.
Opening time: 5 days per week, except Monday and Friday
Winter : 8:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m (from November to March
Summer : 7:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m (from April to October)
Note: there is not allowed to use camera, cell phone, wearing shorts, tank tops or hats in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
2. Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature is a worthy historical site when visiting to HaNoi also a typical example of well-preserved example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070 and historic relic dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu) sages and scholars. It was Vietnam’s first national university.
Summer : 7h30 a.m- 18.00 p.m
Winter: 08.00 am- 18.00 p.m
3. Imperial citadel of Thang Long
Imperial citadel of Thang Long is located heart of Ha Noi capital and well – known relic of Vietnam’s history
It was inscribed on the Unesco’s World Heritage list in 2010 . Founded in 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet, reflected a unique South-East Asian culture in its historical longevity.
Morning : 08h00 a.m- 11.30 p.m
Afternoon: 14.00 pm- 17.00 p.m
Close on Monday
4. Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison, also widely known as the “Hanoi Hilton” to Westerners. It was one of the biggest prisons built by the French colonial government in Indochina to hold political prisoners.
From 8h00 to 17h00 every day (Including festivals and holidays)
5. Quan Thanh Temple
Quan Thanh temple is located at the crossroads of Thanh Nien Street between Quan Thanh Street, near the West Lake, formerly known as Tran Vu Temple. Founded in 11th century, the temple was dedicated to Xuan Wu one of the principal deities in Taoism and used the tortoise and snake like a symbols of power. Quan Thanh temple is one of attractive historical and cultural place in Hanoi.
Opening time: From .7.00 am-5.00 pm
6. Tran Quoc Pagoda
It was built in the 6th century by Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty and has the age of around 1,500 years and one of the most oldest pagoda in Hanoi, offers ancient architecture with pleasant and serene environment.
Opening time: From 7:30 am to 11:30 am and from 13:30 pm to 18:30 pm
7. West lake
West lake is the largest freshwater lake as a part of red river before. It has a circumference of 17 km and surrounded by many upmarket suburb, buildings and restaurants. West lake is also a best place to see the sunset and nearby Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple.
Opening time: All time
8. Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem lake is ideal place for local and tourists to escape from noisy and frenzied pace of growth city. Fresh air and cool breeze, Ngoc Son temples, The Huc bridge and a historical story created distinctions of Hoan Kiem lake
Opening time: All time
9. St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi is the oldest Roman Catholic church on Nha Tho street near Hoan kiem lake in Hanoi. It was sanctified on the Christmas’s night in 1886.
- For Outside visit: all the time
- For Inside visit: Tourists can visit inside the Cathedral in Hanoi as below schedule:
- Weekday: 5:30 am and 6:15 pm
- Saturday: 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 5:00 am, 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
- Special ceremony is on 19th March every year.
10. Dong Xuan market
Established in 1889 by by the French administration, rebuilt after a fire in 1994. With SoViet- style, it is well known as Hanoi’s largest indoor market. It provide you a lot of shopping opportunity with fresh produces, accessories and souvenirs and some insight into VietNamese’s history.
Opening hours : 7.00 am to 18.00 pm
11. National Museum of Vietnamese History
It is located in Trang Tien street which is impressive museum and was an archaeological research institution of the French School of the Far East.
Hours: 8 am-noon & 1.30 pm -17.00 pm Tue-Sun
Entrance fee : adult/student 40,000/10,000d
12. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
This is must see museum in HaNoi which is display unique cultures of 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Hours : 8:30AM–5:30PM
Entrance fee : 40,000VND/person
13. Vietnamese Women’s Museum
The Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi showcases women’s significant contributions to society and culture thus promote a message about gender equality.
Opening hours : 8AM–5PM
Entrance fee : 30,000 dong
14. Hanoi Opera House
Standing in the heart of Hanoi, it is an opera house in central Hanoi which was erected by two French architects and completed in 1911.
Opening Hours : 10:30 AM every Monday and Friday.
Entrance fee : VND 400.000/pax (50% discount for students)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM)