With more than 1000 years old, Hanoi’s attractive by its own story about People- Culture- History and Religion, etc. Those below places are my most recommended to see in Hanoi!
1. Ethnology Museum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is known as a place to store all cultural values, housing works, customs, traditions and rituals of Vietnamese ethnic groups. The variety and originality in the galleries really appeal to any visitor.
The Museum of Ethnology consists of 2 galleries: outdoor and indoor. Outdoor area displays the housing architecture while the indoor exhibition area consists of many different floors, which is a display traditional costumes, traditional ceremonies, labor tools to the daily life of ethnic minorities throughout Vietnam.
SPECIAL NOTE: You really should watch Water puppet performance here which is performed at the pavilion in an outdoor space full of green trees. The daily life in the countryside is reflected in many pieces in a water puppetry show such as: ritual to pray for rain, tilling, growing rice, fishing, tending ducks, spinning, silk weaving,etc; dragon dance, kylin dance, buffalo fight, wrestling, boat racing etc.The puppets that are controlled skillfully by the farmers-artisans and upgraded with folk music, spoken words, and special folk songs always make the pieces more funny and attractive.
Things to see in Hanoi- Vietname Museum of Ethnology
2. Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam is the first university in Vietnam which was used to be only for Imperial Academy. The charming temple has fabulous ancient architecture and it is good choice for photographers. Students often come here to take photos for graduation ceremony!
Things to see in Hanoi- Temple of Literature
3. Ma May Ancient House
Located at 87 Ma May Street, Old House is one of the few houses in Hanoi that is still preserved in its original pristine features. Not only that, this place is also an exhibition, providing information about Hanoi history.
Things to see in Hanoi- Ma May ancient house:
Opening time: 8:00-20:00
Entrance fee: 10.000VND
4. Hoa Lo Prison Museum
Hoa Lo-mean Stove, also named as ” Hanoi Hilton”, was built in 1986 by French people.
Dubbed the “hell on earth”, it is the most feared prison in Southeast Asia. Hoa Lo Prison was designed with extremely brutal, cruel forms of torture, especially the guillotine machine that brought the prison in the top 10 most notorious prisons in the world.
Things to see in Hanoi- Hoa Lo Prison museum
Check out map Here
Opening time: Tue-Sun: 8AM-5PM
Entrance fee: 30.000VND/person
5. Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc is considered the oldest temple in Hanoi with a history of up to 1500 years. It was voted as one of the most beautiful pagodas in the world by the prestigious Thrillist. The pagoda is located on a small island to the east of West Lake. It is not only known for its architectural style imbued with national history but also known for its distinctive religious beliefs!
Things to see in Hanoi- Tran Quoc Pagoda
6. Thang Long Imperial Citadel
It has been a centre of political power in the region for 13 centuries without interruption. However most of the Citadel was destroyed or remodeled (because of wars or the moving between emperors). The main highlight is about its historical significance (that you don’t really see much nowadays) and the war rooms plus bunkers at the back of the complex that were used during the Vietnam War.
Things to see in Hanoi- Thang Long Imperial Citadel
7. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
This is one of the most important building in Hanoi where holds the embalmed remains of Ho Chi Minh. He was the prime minister and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and played a key role in the early part of the Vietnam War.
After visiting President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, you can visit this area in sequence: Stilt house, Uncle Ho fish pond, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the last point is One Pillar Pagoda.
Things to see in Hanoi- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
– Check out Map Here
– Opening Hours:
Monday: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday to Sunday: 08:00 am – 04:30 pm
Close on every Friday, and 2 months (15/6-15/8) for maintenance.
– Ticket Price: FREE but the price for Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ho Chi Minh Stilt House is 40.000 VND/Person/destination for adult
– Special Etiquette: Short shorts, mini-skirts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops and so on are not allowed.
You’ll have to leave your camera at the security office before you’re allowed to go in.
– Kids under 3 years old are not allowed to enter the mausoleum
– TIPS: Come AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (Like an hour before opening time) to avoid queuing in crowded.
8. Women Museum
In addition to learning about the role of women in Vietnam, you will obtain your best overview of Vietnamese history and culture in general at this museum. The Museum’s floors are organized thematically as Women in the family, Women in history and Women’s fashion. There is a discovery zone/game room on the first floor and abstract paintings room on the 4th Floor,too. Audio guide in Vietnamese, English, French, Japanese, Korean are available!
Things to see in Hanoi- Women Museum
9. Vietnam Millitary History Museum
The Museum of Military History of Vietnam is a place to collect, store and display 150,000 artifacts, including many valuable artifacts of historical, cultural and scientific. Those artifacts reflect the resistance war against aggression, and the Vietnamese military strategy/art from the Hung Vuong era to the Ho Chi Minh era. The Museum consists of an indoor and outdoor display system on an area of 3,200m² with 2,500 artifacts.
Things to see in Hanoi- Vietnam Millitary History Museum
10. Phung Hung Mural Street
The Phung Hung Street mural project was implemented by Korean and Vietnamese painters in 2017.
In the street, there are 20 frescoes recreating the scenery of Hanoi capital. Images of general department store, women street vendors, tinkling trains, word toys … were drawn through arches reminiscent of Hanoi’s beautiful memories.
Beside Phung Hung mural street, you can have a look at other beautiful roads in Hanoi here