10+ Famous Hanoi tourist sites visit during the day

What famous tourist destinations Hanoi has to visit during the day? Please refer to the list of the most famous tourist destinations in Hanoi if you are planning to prepare for your upcoming Capital visit!
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1. Hoan Kiem Lake - Ngoc Son Temple

The Sword Lake is located in the heart of the city surrounded by green trees, the bustling atmosphere of 36 streets. This is probably the first image to remind us of the capital and also the outstanding tourist destination of Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem Lake - Ngoc Son Temple - The Huc Bridge - But Thap Tower - Dai Nghi has become a symbol for the beauty and, national spirit, cultural crystallization of the ancient Hanoi. If you are a Vietnamese native in the distance to visit the capital or would like to introduce Hanoi to foreign friends, please take them to visit these locations.
Turtle Tower - Hoan Kiem Lake.
On weekends, the center will ban roads to organize activities on Hanoi pedestrian street, create a play space for the people of the capital as well as visitors coming here. At the pedestrian street, you will be returned to your childhood with ancient folk games such as the Mandarin square capturing, passing, jumping rope, badminton...

2. Hanoi old street

Ha Thanh has many interesting things, many famous places and attractions for tourists to explore. But the most beautiful of Hanoi and the most Hanoian are Hanoi of 36 streets or is called by the name "old town". The population of Hanoi now ranks second only to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi land gradually widens but the original of Hanoi and the original Hanoi people only consist of 36 streets around Hoan Kiem lake. Arriving in Hanoi, you have to go to the old town and you can feel the life of people here is different from the places where you have been.
Hanoi old street.
Previously, 36 streets in Hanoi were named after business goods such as Hang Trong - selling drum, Hang Duong - selling sugar, Hang Thiec - selling mechanical materials, ... But today only a few streets still retain the old trading form like Hang Ma, Thuoc Bac, ...Now the item is much richer and more diverse, the time has changed a bit but it is still the scene - the small shops under the moss mansion, the yellow walls, the tiled roof and the old blue windows. Hanoi people speak in a very gentle and elegant voice.

In addition to the old town hallmark on the roof of houses across every street corner, this place is also considered a culinary paradise with countless delicious dishes. The most special is Pho and Bun Cha. The Hanoi people have a sophisticated taste, well-mannered eating style, until now the Hanoi people still like Pho like the old - a delicious bowl of Pho in the pure and sweet broth, the flexible cake still retains the toughness, meat fat Crunchy, sweet taste dissolved in the mouth, served with lemon chili and onions. If you come to Hanoi old town, at least once, trying to eat Pho like Hanoian style.

3. Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market is the busiest and oldest shopping area in Hanoi, built in 1889 under the Nguyen Dynasty. This is also one of the tourist destinations in Hanoi which is considered a symbol associated with the capital.

Dong Xuan Market is a wholesale market mainly in the northern region, dealing in a variety of goods, ranging from cloth, clothes, silk brocade, dry, jam, confectionery, food , souvenirs to electronic appliances, ...The goods here are mainly from China with many different prices. When buying, you should choose carefully and go around the market to check prices beforehand, bargaining to avoid expensive purchase.
Dong Xuan Market.

4. Long Bien Bridge

Referring to Hanoi, people immediately think of ancient beauty. And Long Bien Bridge is probably a feature that contributes to the imprint of ancient Ha Thanh. The bridge of hundreds of years remains intact like that, people do not paint or renovate, but let the sun shine and wear on it the colors of time and history - witnessing the growth of the city.
Long Bien Bridge.
What interesting is an old bridge? You don't know, Long Bien Bridge was once the longest and most beautiful bridge in Indochina and was named Effiel horizontal of Vietnam in the early 20th century. If you go to the bridge early in the morning, you will see many older people of pensive fishing, jogging in the breeze. At sunset or when the night comes, Long Bien Bridge becomes the dating place of the young Ha Thanh people.

5. Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House is known as a cultural and artistic symbol of the city and is a tourist destination in Hanoi that many tourists love. This is the place where national performances are held, as well as international art performances. Here you will enjoy a variety of unique art forms, from famous Vietnamese plays, Tuong, Cheo, Cai Luong ... all the traditional essences are recreated on the modern stage, until those French, Italian classical opera, Chinese opera, Ballet, chamber symphony, ...
Hanoi Opera House.
If you want to visit the inside of the big theater, visitors must purchase tickets including the package of watching art shows for 400,000 VND. This is quite inconvenient for those who only need to visit, but this is also an opportunity for you to fully enjoy the beauty of architecture, culture as well as music and art space here. If you intend to visit the Opera House, please actively monitor the website to update detailed information about the schedule, choose the right program and book early to be able to get a good position in the auditorium.

6. Thang Long puppet theater

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater was founded in 1969 and is one of the most famous water puppet shows in Vietnam. In the national cultural space, historical stories and historical legends are recreated by wooden puppets on the water which are extremely unique and lively. This is an interesting and not to be missed destination for travelers visiting Hanoi and especially if your family has young children, surely they will be delighted to watch the fun and attractive puppet show. Not only attracting domestic visitors, Thang Long puppet theater is also a tourist destination for foreign visitors who want to learn about the culture and traditional art forms of Vietnam.
The performance of the Thang Long puppet theater.
The show impressed the audience right from the first minute when the sound of national music rings from the keys of the performers. The colorful wooden puppet characters, in turn, appear from the water playing the role in folk tales and games, bringing viewers from surprise to surprise, feeling very happy and excited.

Note: you should go to the place, buy tickets in advance because the tickets run out very quickly. And if you buy tickets early, you can ask for the front seat position right in front of the stage or the middle row to get a full view of the show, but this is also the location where you can easily wet from water splashing out. In addition, the theater requires you not to film, photos during the show, if you want you must register with the organizers - with the camera, the surcharge is 20,000 VND and the camera is 60,000 VND.

7. Hanoi Cathedral

Hanoi Cathedral has the official name of St. Joseph's Church (St.Joseph) - the oldest church in Hanoi city. Not only is the place where it takes place religious activities, but this is also a famous Hanoi tourist destination, attracting a lot of domestic and foreign tourists. 
Hanoi Cathedral.
The church has the architectural design in the medieval Gothic style of Europe, as a unique and charming highlight in the heart of Hanoi. If you have time, please visit the cafe with a rooftop near the church like Eden Coffee, enjoy a delicious drink and watch the church from above, which will surely be an extremely interesting experience. In addition, you should also enjoy some "specialties" around the church area such as lemon tea, grilled spring rolls, mixed rice paper, rib porridge, vermicelli, ...

8. West Lake

Speaking of West Lake, one cannot help thinking of a famous landmark of Ha Thanh in thousands of years of culture with so many essences and core values both materially and spiritually. The West Lake is beautiful in the early morning, quiet when the sun stands at noon, but the most beautiful is the romantic yellow shade of waves on the lake every sunset.
West Lake at sunset.
In Ho Tay, you can walk around the windy lake, or choose for yourself a cafe by the lake to relax and watch the space, dropping yourself into the peace of the scenery. If you go alone or 2 people riding a bike or ride a motorbike is the most favorite, and if traveling with your family you can use the tourist tram service that is also very interesting and convenient. In particular, if you visit Hanoi in June, visit Ho Tay Lotus Lagoon, at this time the flowers are blooming, bright and radiating pure fragrant that will definitely make you fall in love.

Besides, the owners of lotus growing areas in Ho Tay also have the job of making lotus tea every season. This work is only done in the early morning, the time of the flower is the most fresh and there is still night fog. So, if you can come here early in the morning, you can just watch the lotus in the fresh air and learn about the way people work and buy lotus tea or lotus wine to make gifts. In addition, West Lake is most famous for its specialty shrimp cakes that every visitor here should try.
Ho Tay lotus village.
In addition to sightseeing and enjoying the delicious dishes of West Lake, there are some other entertainment activities that are also very interesting such as duck riding and kayaking on the lake. This experience is especially suitable for young people, couples who love each other to fully enjoy the romantic beauty of this place.

9. Quang Ba flower market

Whether you are living in Hanoi or just a far-away guest stopping for a bit, try once waking up in the middle of the night to visit the Quang Ba flower market - this will definitely be an amazing experience you will never forget. The most crowded market is around 1-2am when the whole city is still sleeping, the Quang Ba flower market is bustling and full of flowers. The light emitted from the overhead lights makes the whole market sink in shimmering, fanciful colors. For those who love wandering to explore Hanoi at night, this is one of the beautiful tourist destinations not to be missed.
Quang Ba flower market.
As a wholesale flower market, customers are mainly wholesale buyers so flower prices are quite cheap. However, if you are not a connoisseur to buy and sell, you should observe the previous buyers, see how they choose flowers and how to pay, to avoid being bought expensive. 

10. Royal Citadel of Thang Long

Thang Long Citadel is an important cultural and historical monument of Vietnam and has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage since 2010. Ancient citadel is the political center of the country for 13 consecutive centuries and the capital of Vietnam for 8 centuries. The attraction of Thang Long Citadel is Hanoi Flagpole - a symbol of the spirit of freedom and independence of the nation.
Royal Citadel of Thang Long.
The tour schedule of Thang Long Citadel gives you a reference: first, go to Doan Mon Square, visit Doan Mon, Kinh Thien, Revolutionary relic D67, Hau Lau tower. Next, walk through a section to the archaeological site of Hoang Thanh Thang Long - this place has many architectural vestiges such as the palace, old well, pillar leg, ... from feudal times. To tour entirely Thang Long ancient citadel, you should spend about 1h30 - 2 hours. And if you want to better understand the cultural meaning, historical stories of the Citadel, you should hire a guide or ask volunteers to guide you.

11. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum at Ba Dinh Square is one of the tourist destinations in Hanoi that has a lot of meaning to the people of the whole country. This is the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh - the great leader is also a proud father of the whole Vietnamese people. In addition, there is also the Presidential Palace - Uncle Ho's working place when alive, including wooden stilt houses, gardens, fish ponds and Ho Chi Minh Museum area - a place to store and display biographies, revolutionary career and some major historical events from the late 19th century to the present.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
The security system here is very tight and a sanctuary so visitors to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum should wear polite attire (not wearing short pants, short skirts, sleeveless shirts) and not take photos ỏ film in the relic area.

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12. Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam is often considered one of the famous tourist destinations in Hanoi. Built in 1070 under King Ly Thanh Tong, it is a place to worship Confucius, scholars and sages. This is also considered the first university in Vietnam to train talented people to serve the country. Up to now, Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam has become a symbol of the thousand-year-old Capital and a cultural cradle of Vietnam.
Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam.
Visitors to Van Mieu are most crowded on the occasion of Tet, everyone - especially a lot of pupils and students from all over the country flocked in the early days of spring to burn incense or ask for the words of the scholar to pass exams or expect to be like.

In addition, every year on Ram Nguyen Tieu (full moon in January), in Khue Van Cac - Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam usually takes place in Vietnam Poetry Festival - this is an opportunity for poets to meet each other to recite and discuss poetic as a tradition to preserve the beautiful culture of the Vietnamese people. Relatively well-preserved Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam not only attracts a large number of domestic visitors but also a tourist destination in Hanoi for foreign visitors that are highly appreciated for cultural and national history featured.

10+ Famous Hanoi tourist sites visit during the day 10+ Famous Hanoi tourist sites visit during the day Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on July 11, 2019 Rating: 5

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