Top 8 Historical Sites In Hanoi To Visit

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the city has a very old history. Not only it attracts the tourists from Asia but also the whole world because of its historical sites that are a charm of the city. With a history of 1000 years, the city has now become one of the most visited cities of Vietnam. But you might wonder what places are there to visit in the city and this post lists all the historical sites and places of Hanoi.

1. Temple of Literature

Located on Van Mieu Street, 2 km west of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature gives a clear view of what the history is in Hanoi. It was built a 1000 years ago in 1070 in honor of Confucius who has a great moral value in the country’s educational figures. He was literary person and changed the understanding of the people of that time with his teaching and knowledge. A best place for people who love to explore the old history.

2. Grand Opera House

Hanoi Opera House is located on the August Revolution Square, the center of Hanoi. The French people initiated its design and construction. Started in 1901, it took ten years to complete the House and it was ready in 1911. This building is a great manifestation of architectural wonders of the French in the nineteenth century. It’s the witness of historical Revolution of Hanoi. With a history of 100 years, the House is a great source of tourist attraction.

3. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The mausoleum has offered Hanoi a great value in terms of historical places. It is one of the most conspicuous tombs in the world and was built in honour of the most famous leader in Vietnam. Open since 1975, the mausoleum site also contains a museum on Ho Chi Minh.

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4. National Museum of Fine Arts

If you really want to explore the history, culture, tradition and custom of Vietnam, this National Museum in Hanoi will be enough to provide you with abundant resources of exploration. Fine arts of the country from every historical period has been preserved here. The facility contains a vast collection of art, sculpture, crafts and artefacts from every period in Vietnam’s history.

5. Hoa Lo Prison

The prison has seen a great history and prisoners in French era and during Vietnam War were put here. It was built by the French colonists for practical prisoners. It was also famous as Hanoi Hilton. Unfortunately, the prison was demolished in 1990 but the gatehouses still remains there and serves as a museum.

6. St Joseph’s Cathedral

The church was completed in 1886. It is the cathedral of the archdiocese of Hanoi, where the archbishop’s throne. This is also an ancient church in Hanoi, where the religious activities of the parishioners of Hanoi archdiocese often take place. Many local young people prefer to choose this place for their wedding photoshoot because of its ancient beauty.

7. Long Bien bridge

Long Bien Bridge is the first steel bridge across the Red River, connecting Hoan Kiem District with Long Bien District, built by French (1898-1902). The bridge is considered to be the historical evidence of the capital during the wars. There still remains some plates of metal inscribed with 1899-1902 – Daydé & Pillé – Paris.

8. Ha Noi Flag Tower

The flagpole of Hanoi – also known as the Hanoi Flag Tower – is a towering structure built at the same time as Hanoi Citadel, under the Nguyen Dynasty (started in 1805, completed in 1812). The flagpole architecture consists of three pillars and one column, which is considered one of the symbols of the city. The building is located on Dien Bien Phu Street – opposite Lenin Park and on the premises of the Museum of Military History of Vietnam.

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