1. Temple of literature
The Temple of Literature is the first university of Vietnam where the royal exams were held in the past. Initially dedicating to Confucius, this complex was built in 1070. In 1076, the university which was at first for the crown prince and royal family only, was built behind the temple. Nowadays, it is no longer used as a university and became one of the most popular tourist attractions of Hanoi.
• Summer: 7:30 am – 5:30pm
• Winter: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
• Time recommended to visit the complex: 1hour – 1 hour and a half
• Entrance fee: VND 30,000/person
2.Ho Chi Minh complex
The Ho Chi Minh complex consists of the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, living space of president Ho Chi Minh, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda.
- Mausoleum: 7:30am – 11:00am (except Monday and Friday)
- Living space: 7:30am – 4:30pm
- Time recommended to visit the complex: 1hour – 1 hour and a half
- Entrance fee:
Mausoleum: no entrance fee
Living space: VND25,000/ person
- Note: Visitors are required to wear shirts with sleeves and pants under knees.
3. Museum of Ethnology
The Museum of Ethnology shows tourists the diversification in the architecture, customs, ideology, and so on of Vietnamese culture. The museums consists of two parts: the indoor part features the exhibitions, offices, research center, library; the outdoor portion exhibits various house styles of different Vietnamese ethnic groups.
- Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm (except Monday)
- Time recommended to visit the complex: 2hour to 2hour and a half
- Entrance fee: VND40,000/person.
4. Hoa Lo Prison
The prison was built by French to keep political prisoners around 1886. This prison was taken over by Vietnamese government and used to keep American pilots during the American’s occupation.
- Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
- Time recommended to visit the complex: 30 minutes – 1 hour
- Entrance fee: VND30,000/person.
5. Hanoi Old Quarter
When Vietnam attained its independence from China in the 11th century, the King chose Hanoi to build his palace surrounded by the business quarter or the artisan area which has been know as Old Quarter today. In the past, the 36 streets each sold a specialty, such as Hang Bac street (Silver street), Hang Ma street (Paper Offering street) or Hang Bong street (Cotton or Silk Street). Old Quarter has its own houses’ style which is a mixture between French’s architecture and Vietnamese one, which is the reason why the government wants to preserve this charming historical ambience of the local unique culture.
6. Bat Trang Ceramic Village
This village is 15km away from the center of Hanoi. It is the most famous handicraft village concerning ceramic of Vietnam. Going here gives you the chance to make ceramic yourself and to buy sophisticated gifts from the local market.
7. Thang Long – Ancient Hanoi Imperial Citadel
This complex is one of the Vietnam’s 10 World Heritage sites. Although most of the complex has been destroyed, noteworthy points still remains for touring such as the Hanoi Flag tower, North Gate Wall, the Military museum, the stone dragon of the Kinh Thien palace an archological site and many more.
8. Culture Puzzle (occasional)
Culture Puzzle 01: The Vietnamese Cold Food Festival.
Time: April 8th, 2016
Venue: Toong Coworking Space, No 8 Trang Thi Street, Hanoi.
This is a small cultural event held by Hanoikids to help foreigners understand more about Vietnamese culture – The Vietnamese Cold Food Festival (Tet Han Thuc).
You can find more about this event HERE.
**Noted: Places above are some outstanding places in Hanoi, and of course when you book a tour with us, you are free to choose any places to visit. Since Hanoikids’ members can only travel with you in Hanoi, we kindly recommend you to try visiting outside the city with Custom Travel.