Top 3 Must-see Historical Places in Hanoi Vietnam

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One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

If you have chance to come to Hanoi, what things do you want to explore most? It may be the cuisine, the ancient beauty or the culture. However, one thing you can not miss is the historical places in Hanoi, which represents for the length of history and culture of our country.

The Temple of Literature – one of the most typical historical places in Hanoi

People consider the Temple of Literature as one of the most picturesque tourist attractions in Hanoi. It was built in 1070 to honor Confucius, scholars and sages, then in 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university of Vietnam. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the Temple of Literature from Hoan Kiem lake. The architecture of the Temple of Literature is one of the most typical symbols of the land having thousand – year culture. If you have interests in imperial architecture, you should not miss this place when having a trip to Hanoi. Nowadays, not only do people come here to visit, but numerous students also come and rub the tortoise head before their exam because they believe that will bring them luck to pass the test.
Vietnam Temple of Literature

Vietnam Temple of Literature

– Ticket price:
  • Adult: 20 000 Vnd
  • Children: 10 000 Vnd

– Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

– Dress code: Visitors should pay more attention to what they wear. It’s best to wear something full-length (skirt or trousers), not shorts or sleeveless shirts.
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One pillar pagoda

Dien Huu Tu, or One Pillar Pagoda, which literally means “long lasting happiness and good luck”, is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi. 

According to the legend, although Emperor Ly Thai To had made great efforts, he still did not have any sons. One night, he dreamt Avalokiteshvara gave him a baby son resting on a lotus flower. Later, when the Queen gave birth to a male child, the King ordered the construction of the temple. The temple had a very special shape, its whole construction was supported by a pillar. It was similar to a lotus emerging out of the water.

Every year, there are many tourists visiting One Pillar Pagoda because of its unique shape as well as its mysterious story. People also say that praying at One Pillar Pagoda will bring blessings of fertility and health. It can be seen that the architecture of this temple is very distinctive and unique, it has reflected both the history of Vietnam and the thought of Buddhism. That’s the reason why One Pillar Pagoda has become one of the important historical places for historical researchers, domestic people and international visitors.    

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

– Entrance fee: Free
– Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
– Location: Ong Ich Kiem Street.

– Dress code: Remember to wear full-length clothes when visiting One-Pillar Pagoda as well as other Pagodas in the nation.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh is one of the most popular historical places in Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. It is the last resting place of Uncle Ho, which was built in 1973 and opened to public in 1975. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is considered as an important place in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people. Besides, it is also a can’t – miss destination when you visit Hanoi. Uncle Ho (1890 – 1969) is the greatest leaders in our country ‘s history. Thanks to his leadership, we can gain back our country ‘s independence and freedom. The Mausoleum is located in the old Ba Dinh Square, the place where he read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. Visiting Uncle Ho ‘s Mausoleum, tourists can see his body as well as explore the history of his life. It will be an extraordinary experience, which brings you back to the magnanimous history of Vietnam. When visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, visitors are not allowed to stop, they are just able to pass by and see President Ho Chi Minh ‘s body in the glass case. Besides, tourists must leave their bags and cameras outside. There are also military honor guards who protect the security of the Mausoleum and make sure everyone follow all the regulations as the highest respect to President Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

– Opening time:
  • Closed on Monday and Friday
  • From 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • From 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday
– Entrance fee: Free
Children under 3 years old are not allowed
– Location: 84 Chua Lang, Dong Da
– Dress code: 
  • Remember to wear appropriate clothes when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
  • You have to depossit your bags and cameras before entering the Mausoleum.