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Top 26 attractions to explore in Hanoi

Capital and second largest city of Vietnam.

Attractions in Hanoi

B52 Victory Museum157 Đội Cấn, Ngọc Hồ, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

The museum displays the history of the Vietnamese revolution, the First Indochina War, the Vietnam War, Operations Rolling Thunder, Linebacker and Linebacker II, and the air defense of Hanoi. The outdoor displays include the wreckage of a B-52D or G Stratofortress.

Bat Trang pottery villageBát Tràng, Gia Lâm, Hanoi, Vietnam

14th century porcelain and pottery village housing local artisans who combine both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks.

Cầu Long BiênCầu Long Biên, Ngọc Thụy, Long Biên, Hà Nội, Vietnam

A historic cantilever bridge across the Red River. The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903. It was heavily bombarded during Vietnam War due to its critical position. It was the only bridge at that time across the Red River connecting Hanoi to the main port of Haiphong.

Dong Xuan Market15 Cầu Đông, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to foodstuffs. The market was originally built by the French administration in 1889, it has since been renovated several times.

Hanoi Botanical Garden3 Hoàng Hoa Thám, Ngọc Hồ, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

This is not a Botanical Garden but a lush green park in the city center. The park was established in 1890 by the French and originally stretched over 33 hectares, but has since been squeezed to a mere 10 to make room for development.

Hanoi MuseumPhạm Hùng, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

The museum displays artifacts from Hanoi's 1000-year history and the history, culture, heritage, and architecture of Vietnam. It showcases over 50,000 artifacts in a total area of nearly 54,000 square meters.

Hanoi Opera HouseSố 01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Opera House erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911, it was modeled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses. After the departure of the French, the opera house became the scene for several political events as well as the scene of street fighting during the fight for Hanoi.

Hanoi Train Street5 Trần Phú, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Active railway tracks going through resedential buildings and shops. Note that this area is closed for visitors due to safety concerns you can visit it only if you know someone who lives in the area and bring you along.

Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHùng Vương, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader & President Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh Museum19 Ngọc Hà, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam

Dedicated to the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's revolutionary struggle against foreign powers. The museum documents Ho Chi Minh's life, with 8 chronological exhibitions.

Hoa Lo Prison Relic1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. The prison was demolished during the 1990s, although the gatehouse remains as a museum.

Hoàn Kiếm LakeHoàn Kiếm Lake, Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake means "Lake of the Returned Sword". According to the legend, after defeating the Ming China in early 1428, Emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God surfaced and asked for his magic sword. Lợi concluded that the turtle god had come to reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King had given to Lợi. The Emperor later gave the sword back to the turtle after he finished fighting off the Chinese.

LOTTE Center Hanoi54 Liễu Giai, Cống Vị, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 117000, Vietnam

Second tallest building in Hanoi with 65 floors. There is an observation deck on the 65th floor open to public.

National Historical Museum216 Đường Trần Quang Khải, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 110000, Vietnam

The museum highlights Vietnam's prehistory (about 300,000–400,000 years ago) up to the August 1945 Revolution. It has over 200,000 exhibits displayed, arranged in five major sections. The museum building was an archaeological research institution of the French School of the Far East under French colonial rule of 1910.

Nhật Tân BridgeHanoi, Vietnam

A cable-stayed bridge crossing the Red River. The bridge has a total length of 8.3 kilometers (5.2 mi), including a 3.7 kilometers (2.3 mi) bridge, with 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi) cable-stayed bridge with five spans crossing the Red River.

One Pillar PagodaChùa Một Cột, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

One of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. The temple is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter and 4 m in height, and it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, a Buddhist symbol of purity. The emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the temple in 1049, in gratitude for having a son.

Presidential PalaceSố 2 Hùng Vương, Ngọc Hồ, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 118708, Vietnam

Built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. The yellow palace stands behind wrought iron gates flanked by sentry boxes, the only visual cues that it is located in Vietnam at all are mango trees growing on the grounds. The palace is not open to the public, but visitors can walk around the grounds for a fee.

Quan Thanh TempleĐ. Thanh Niên, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 118810, Vietnam

Dated to the 11th century, this Taoist temple was dedicated to Xuan Wu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. It is one of the Four Sacred Temples that were built in four directions to protect Hanoi from malevolent spirits.

St. Joseph's Cathedral40 Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Late 19th-century Neo-Gothic style church that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country. Construction of the church began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.

Temple Of Literature58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Temple dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. Built in 1070, it hosts the Imperial Academy, Vietnam's first national university. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote.

Thăng Long Imperial Citadel19C Hoàng Diệu, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

A complex of historic imperial buildings located in the centre of Hanoi. The royal enclosure was first built during the Lý dynasty (1010) and expanded by the Trần, Lê and finally the Nguyễn dynasty. It remained the seat of the Vietnamese court until 1810, when the Nguyễn dynasty chose to move the capital to Huế.

Tran Quoc PagodaĐ. Thanh Niên, Yên Phụ, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi's West Lake. The temple was originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Lý Nam Đế. When founded the temple was sited on the shores of the Red River, outside of the Yen Phu Dyke. Due to the river's encroachment, the temple was relocated in 1615 to Kim Ngu islet of West Lake where it is now situated.

Vietnam Military History Museum28A Điện Biên Phủ, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

The museum displays eras of Vietnamese military history showcased in different buildings on the complex. The museum also includes a display of decommissioned, captured or destroyed military equipment and vehicles used by French, Viet Minh, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the United States during the First and Second Indochina Wars.

Vietnam Museum Of EthnologyNguyễn Văn Huyên, Quan Hoa, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Museum which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam, and Southeast Asian cultures and peoples.

Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum66 Phố Nguyễn Thái Học, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Country's primary art museum, showcasing Vietnam's fine arts from a range of historical periods. Much of the 20th Century art presented in the museum is concerned with folk narratives of a nation in defence.

Vietnamese Women's Museum36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hàng Bài, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Materials, photos and objects displayed in the permanent exhibition show the role the Vietnamese women played in history and currently play in arts and in family life. The museum also organizes thematic exhibitions to show changes and development of the contemporary society.

Map of attractions in Hanoi