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Hanoi has shaken off its once hostile attitude to travelers to become one of the most beguiling cities in Southeast Asia. It's slow-paced yet quick to charm, with a lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and French-colonial architecture.

Hanoi personifies the spirit of historic Vietnam in the temples, monuments and pockets of ancient culture along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, yet perfectly reflects the rapid changes sweeping the country as Hanoian yuppies sip cappuccino in roadside cafés and compare cell phones.

General information:

Population: 5,145,300

Area: 2000 km2

Ethnicities: Kinh, Hoa

Districts: Ba Dinh, Cau Giay, Dong Da, Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Hoang Mai, Long Bien, Tay Ho and Thanh Xuan, and six outer districts of Dong Anh, Gia Lam, Tu Liem, Thanh Tri, Soc Son and Ha Tay.

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 Temple of Literature
Located in the Dong Da section of Hanoi, Van Mieu, or the Temple of Literature, is the oldest school in Vietnam, giving it the distinction of being the most significant temple in both Hanoi and Vietnam. It is representative of Confucian ways of thought and behavior, and is a historical and cultural relic.
 Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword" or "Lake of the Restored Sword", also known as Hồ Gươm - Sword Lake) is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life.
 Ngoc Son Pagoda
Ngoc Son Temple is a temple on the island of Ngoc Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi.
 Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
The mausoleum is divided into three layers with a combined height of 21.6 meters. The lowest layer forms a terraced stand exclusively used for the presidium of grand meetings organized at the grassy Ba Dinh Square. The second layer is the central piece of the mausoleum where the remains of the president is kept in a chamber accessible through a series of passages and flights of marble staircases. The upper part of the mausoleum is the roof resembling a three terraced steps. The facade of the upper part bears an inscription "President Ho Chi Minh" made of dark violet precious stone.
 One Pillar Pagoda
Located in Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh precinct, Hanoi, the One Pillar Pagoda is a cultural and historic relic, unique for its architectural features
 Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest of all pagodas in Hanoi. Located beside the dazzling West Lake in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda is a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism.
 President Ho Chi Minh's Residence
Located in a large garden at the back of the Presidential Palace is a nice road covered with pebbles and bordered with mango trees that leads to a stilt house, Uncle Ho's residence and office from May 1958 until his death. The perfume of jasmine flowers and roses is omnipresent
 Quan Thanh Temple
The three ancient Chinese which are still seen today on the top of the entrance to the temple means Tran Vu Quan. That is literally the temple which is dedicated to Saint Tran Vu. A temple is a place for worshipping saints while a pagoda is dedicated to Buddha and faithful disciplines.
 Hanoi Cathedral
Hanoi Cathedral was built on the site of the former Bao Thien Tower, which was famous in the ancient capital of Thang Long under the Ly dynasty (11th and 12th centuries)
 Ly Quoc Su Temple
Situated at No. 50, Ly Quoc Su Street in down town Hanoi, Ly Quoc Su temple worships a Buddhist Monk of the Ly Dynasty (10th -12th centuries)
 The Army Museum
The Vietnam Army Museum is located on Dien Bien Phu Street in Hanoi. It was formerly the French expeditionary barracks and covers 10,000 m2 divided into 30 showrooms. It opened in December 1959. The Vietnam Army Museum contains objects and documents related to the establishment and development of the Vietnamese armed forces.
 The Ho Chi Minh Museum
This museum is located near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It was completed on May 19, 1990, on the occasion of President Ho Chi Minh's birthday.
 The Revolution Museum
Established in August 1959, the Revolution Museum is a two-storey building, formerly used by the Trade Department. It has been renovated and redesigned into 30 showrooms, containing more than 40,000 historical exhibits.
 The Women's Museum

The Vietnam Women's Museum, the largest historical, cultural and artistic venue for Vietnamese women, was inaugurated on the 65th anniversary of the Vietnam Women's Union, on October 20, 1995. The museum is a recognition of the great contributions and sacrifices to national defence and construction made by Vietnamese women. The museum includes four major display areas which introduce the "Vietnamese Mother" in the national community, Vietnamese women in national defence and construction, the foundation and development of the Vietnam Women's Union, and the beautiful costumes worn by women from many ethnic groups.
 The Fine Arts Museum
In June 1966, house No 66 on Nguyen Thai Hoc street in Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, was transformed into the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Approximately 10,000 works, objects, restored articles, reproductions, pictures, and paintings are displayed in 16 showrooms according to the following divisions:
 Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and a scientific ethnological center. It has actively contributed to the conservation and development of the national culture, as well as the cultural traditions and identities of the Vietnamese nationalities. The museum is located on Nguyen Van Thuyen Street (named after a famous national ethnologist), in Cau Giay District, about 7-8 km from downtown Hanoi
 The History Museum
Vietnam History Museum is located near the Municipal Theater and Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi. The museum preserves a large number of valuable artifacts from various historical periods. The exhibits are clearly displayed on two floors covering an area of more than 2,000 m2. The first section contains relics from prehistoric times discovered at different sites throughout the country. These items date back mainly from the Paleolithic and the Neolithic Ages.
 Hang Da Market
Hanoi in Vietnam attracts lot of visitors to its unique tourist destinations. However, when you look forward to other things to do in Hanoi after a hectic exploration of the tourist sites, you can straight head towards a vigorous shopping experience, Interestingly enough, Hanoi is known as one of the most attractive shopping destinations in Asia. And Shopping in Hanoi entails a lavish range of products from silk, tailoring, embroidery and handicrafts. We shall suggest you to visit Hang Da Market in Hanoi, which will take you back to the glory of history embedded in the old lanes of Hanoi.
 Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market, or Cho Dong Xuan, is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located at Dong Xuan Street, at the end of Hang Dao Street, on the northern part of the Old Quarters. The original building was constructed in 1889, on the site of one of Hanoi's lakes. On 14 July 1994, a big fire destroyed the original building, putting 3,000 workers out of job, causing damage amounting to millions of dollars and claiming five lives. Thousands of exotic animals were also lost in the flames.
 Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi offers insightful perspectives into the cultural richness of the country. The origins of the Thang Long Water Puppetry can be traced to over thousand years in the Red River Delta. Water puppetry or Mua roi nuoc as it was known in North Vietnam was performed on the rice fields of and surface of ponds of the River Delta. Water has been in abundant supply in North Vietnam. But as agriculture is not a popular practice here, farmers introducing this art form to entertain themselves and their children....
 Nightlife in Hanoi
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is one of the most intriguing tourist destinations in the world and it offers a varied range of attractions for its visitors which makes it all the more alluring. Nightlife in Hanoi is one of the major attractions of this colorful Vietnamese capital city. The most fascinating aspect of Hanoi Nightlife is that it doesn't restrict itself to night clubs and fabulous dining destinations only and provides a wide range of diverse alternatives so that everyone finds something interesting to plunge in.
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