Hanoi – What To See In One Day?

Hanoi with a long history and a deep culture is a must-see city that any traveller come to Vietnam should take a chance to visit. There are many destinations and activities that you should try once coming Hanoi. Joining a Hanoi one Day Tour or visiting this city in your Vietnam package tours, you also absolutely can explore by yourself. This article will show you famous destinations for any one would like to discover the beauty hidden inside of Hanoi.

Dong Xuan Market

This is one of the most popular markets in Hanoi with vareity of goods. This market provides mostly for wholesales therefore if you by in retailed, the price may be higher a little. Visiting Dong Xuan market, you will see the busy purchasing process of the Vietnamese.

O Quan Chuong (the city gate)

This is one of the five gates left over a long period of time.

Bach Ma Templet

This is the ancient temple built from the Ly dynasty. If you are a fan of the Vietnamese history, you should visit this temple to understand more about the history and the culture of Vietnam and Hanoi as well.

The “Heritage House” at 87 Ma May Street

This is a typical house of the Hanoian. You will see the structure and the decoration of the aceint house in 20th

Café Shot 60 Phat Loc

Located at Phat Loc Ashley, this cafe restaurant has a nice view and space for customers to enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy photos on the walls.

Fresh beer at Luong Ngoc Quyen Street

Come there and you can enjoy Hanoi fresh beer. It is nice to enjoy a cup of fresh beer in the evening, in particular in the summer.

Hong Lam O Mai at 11 Hang Duong

This is a a reliable address for you to buy “o mai” as gifts for your friends and family members.

Banh My (Vietnamese Sandwich) at 25 Hang Ca

Opened from 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. Banh My here is made of fresh ingredients with tradtional taste and favor by many Vietnamese people as well foreign.

Those adresses in the list above are the popular ones that you should try to visit when traveling to Hanoi. In addition to those things, if you have one free day in Hanoi. In addition, To enjoy the most beautiful sightseeings in Vietnam by your eyes, you can see some itineraries below Halong Bay Cruises – Hanoi Tour – Vietnam Tours – Sapa Tours – Package Tours or book a private carto discover where ever you want to enjoy the Vietnamese taste.

Long Bien Bridge – A Pearl Covered In Dust In Hanoi

Built in the early 20th century, the Long Bien bridge has become a symbol of change in Hanoi.

Historical ups and downs

Long Bien Bridge with over 100 years of life is one of the symbols of history and technology of the early twentieth century. It was the first steel bridge across the Red River, built by the French from 1898 to 1902, on the arterial road linking Hanoi with the northern provinces.

The bridge was built when the country was under the rule of France, to meet the purpose of military, transportation, contribution for the formation of the economic triangle of Hanoi – Hai Phong – Quang Ninh, solving the travel demand. Especially, the flood season of the Red River, which is notorious for its ferocity, posed a very urgent problem for the French at the beginning of the yoke of domination.

The person who had made great contributions to the construction of the bridge this century is the Governor General of Indochina, Paul Doumer, when he took office he saw the need to have a bridge across the Red River. Although there are a number of unconvincing views on the construction of bridges of large French and indigenous officials and traders, he was determined to carry out his intentions and boldly mentioned in the Report on the first colonial exploitation program to the Minister of the French Colonies.

Long Bien Bridge was inaugurated also marked the period of Hanoi transformed from a traditional urban to the modern urban trend of the world. Thanks to the Long Bien bridge, the Hanoi after the period of the French colony had a fairly complete space structure with four basic components: the Imperial Citadel; The ancient street of the Vietnamese; French Quarter for offices and bridges opening for commodity economy.

The total length of the Long Bien bridge is about 1,862m, consisting of 19 spans, 20 pillars, a railroad in the middle, and two sides with a width of 1.3m for pedestrians. From 1902 to 1922, Long Bien Bridge mainly served the needs of railways and pedestrians. Later, due to increased traffic demand, the two sides of the road was widened for motorized vehicles.

In July 1945, Dr. Tran Van Lai, a Hanoi manager, was renamed Long Bien Bridge and this name was called to this day. Since the construction of this bridge has suffered a lot of severe consequences of natural disasters, the enemy. But as strange as it may seem, the bridge stood still for more than a century. At the most important traffic position, but it did not collapse through historic floods, breaking up of the Red River dike…. and the bombardments of the US Air Force.

Long Bien Bridge is a historical evidence witness the changes, ups and downs of the capital and also the bridge saving the memory, a soul of Hanoi, the Hanoians.

A pearl covered in dust in Hanoi

Tour in Vietnam is attractive for its contemplation and golden history. And, the Long Bien Bridge is one of these evidence of this brilliant period.

The bridge has seen so many events of the whole nation. Two prominent events in the 20th century of the Vietnamese people were the resistance war against France in 1954 for the independence for the Vietnamese people and the war fierce anti-American, although bear a lot of bombs but Long Bien bridge still stands today.

Long Bien Bridge is a pearl covered in the dust of time. On the cold winter days, the Long Bien Bridge is silent sad under the gray rain. However, in the sunset, this ancient bridge reflects the golden of the sunlight, as replaying the film of a brilliant gold Hanoi.

Looking from a distance, the Long Bien Bridge looks like an old man who is telling the story of the elegant and lovely Hanoians, about the splendor of two wars of resistance.

After the ups and downs of the time, Long Bien Bridge “taste” enough smell of bombs, but it still silently stands there and covers the capital Hanoi as a rope connecting the past with the present.

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Hoa Lo Prison – The Most Frightening Place In Southeast Asia

According to CNN’s recently released poll, Hoa Lo Prison in Vietnam ranks first in the top five most frightening places in Southeast Asia. Therefore, it becomes the best destination in Vietnam for people who take Hanoi one Day Tour and would like to understand the history in Hanoi.

Overview to Hoa Lo

Hoa Lo Prison is located on Hoa Lo Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (which is located on the land of Phu Khanh village in Vinh Xuong Commune, Tho Xuong District) was built by French Colonialists in 1896, just four years after “hell on earth” was started construction in Con Dao. Hoa Lo has a total area of more than 12,000 m2, is one of the largest and strongest prisons in Indochina at that time.

Hoa Lo Prison is located in the heart of Hanoi, built in 1896. The French colonialists built the prison to detain those who struggled against French colonial rule.

Hoa Lo Prison (Maison Centrale), but built on the land of Phu Khanh village, Vinh Xuong (in the past), this is a village specializing in producing ceramics, the fire is bright every night, so the village is called Hoa Lo (fire furnace) and the prison here is also called Hoa Lo prison.

While other prisons are isolated from residential areas, Hoa Lo is located in the center of Hanoi, the capital of the colonial government at the time.

Architecture of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison was built at the most important position by the French colonialists in the attempt to suppress dissidents of colonial rule. Thus, they built this largest and most solid prison in Indochina. According to the design approved in 1896, Hoa Lo Prison consists of the following works:

  1. A house for the guard (Administrative house)
  2. A house used as a clinic
  3. A house used as a hospital
  4. Two houses used to detain the accused (not yet convicted)
  5. A house used for carpentry workshops, iron workshop, sewing workshop, leather workshop
  6. Five regions for prisoners were sentenced to prison
  7. Four camps for prisoners of death row, dangerous prisoners, prisoners who violate prison rules.

Surrounding the prison is a solid wall of stone, 4m high, 0.5m thick, on top of the walls are pieces of glass and high voltage wire to prevent prisoners from escaping. At the foot of the inner wall is a 3m wide sidewalk for guards patrolling around the prison area. Four corners have four guard towers capable of observing the whole of the patrol and around the outside of the prison.

Particularly, the iron door system and locks were brought from France.

The main gate is attached to a two-storeys building with arched structure. The prison has two iron gates. From one camp to another must follow a path with many iron doors, so prisoners can hardly escape

Stepping through the main gates of the prison are narrow, dark corridors, leading to the detention center. The detention area was separated by a large, solid, nearly 4m high door, with solid locking system, where the prisoners were chained to two long strings on the concrete platforms. The light of this area only from the small window frames creates a dark scene.

The Hell in the earth

Here, visitors can witness the horror and brutality of a notorious prison in that time and at the same time can see the indomitable spirit of the communists.

Take a look at the small cell size of 1.8 m by 1.8 m with wood panels and mats for the prisoners. The windows are always closed and in prison, there were always many prisoners. In 1916, the prison capacity was only 600 people but many days there were 730 prisoners. By 1933, the number of prisoners detained there increased to 1,430 and in 1954 more than 2,000.

In the prison, visitors of Sapa Vietnam Tours will see frightening iron cages with many artifacts and photographs of Vietnamese prisoners with the wooden shackles making them cannot stand up or move. Prisoners are often starved, tortured, beaten and isolated. you can read a prison guard’s, quote that “death is easy but life is hard”.

Many generations of Vietnamese have been detained in Hoa Lo Prison, such as patriotic scholars such as Phan Boi Chau, Luong Van Can …, Nguyen Van Cu, Truong Chinh, Le Duan, Nguyen Van Linh, Do Muoi – the elite of Vietnam, later became senior cadres of the Communist Party of Vietnam and many other revolutionary soldiers. In spite of being beaten by the enemy, being imprisoned in the dungeon, even sacrificing their life, soldiers still held the will to fight the colonists, making the Hoa Lo prison become a revolutionary school, the training environment to increase thoughts, wills. In Hoa Lo Prison, political training classes were opened, the Red Prison Newspaper, Prison magazines, and so on were published.

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Water Puppetry – Vietnamese Soul In Each Play

Water puppetry ( Mua roi nuoc ) is one of the typical types of the theatrical scene for the Vietnamese national culture – Showing the intellect and intelligence and creativity of the Vietnamese people.

The history of Vietnamese water puppetry art
Water puppetry originates in the Red delta river area of northern religion Vietnam with the wet rice civilization in the 11 century. The most strong development was in the reign of Emperors of Ly –T ran dynasty (The century 11,12). The Vietnamese folk puppetry is associated with the village belief systems to worship Tutelary gods or to help everyone entertain in the folkloric festivals. Therefore, this art form usually takes place on specific occasion, village festivals and the lunar new year.

The unique features
Puppets are made of wood and then lacquered to be watertight and endurable. Each puppet has their own appearance and name depend on the gender and personality of each character in real life.

A water puppet is showed in a pond or a pool of water with the water surface as the stage of the puppets. The stage of the water puppet called Thuy Dinh or water pavilion is normally placed in the middle of the pond.

The puppeteers stand waist-deep behind a bamboo screen and take control of the puppets through a pole-and-string apparatus system hiding under the water surface. The actions of puppets do not only depend on pole-and-string apparatus but also on the force of water as well as the system of rudders and floats in a “controlling machine” of the puppets. Therefore, what you can see is only the presence of puppets on the water surface without puppeteers or controlling poles.

In water puppetry art, music is an indispensable factor as a bridge between the show and the audiences. While puppets play their role, the singers of Cheo (a form of generally satirical traditional musical theatre of Vietnam) sing songs to tell us the story through the lyrics. Music, song, words in combination with the movements of puppets attract the audiences. It leads them to understand more about the content and evolution of the story.

The contents of the water puppetry show are about everyday life activities of Vietnamese people, healthy and useful entertainments, plays a setting example of national heroes and traditional opera plays. All of this reflects the life and aspirations of wet rice residents in Red Delta River as well as represent the Vietnamese cultural and spiritual values.

Where can tourists watch a real water puppet performance?
Water puppets are presented in most of the provinces in the delta and midland of the Red River. It can be performed in some villages such as Dao Thuc village in Hanoi, Yen Duc village in Quang Ninh province particularly, Central Puppet Theater and Thang Long Puppet Theater in Hanoi. Some people said that “Not watching a performance of water puppetry means no visiting Vietnam yet”. So, let’s Vietnam package Tours help you to have a nice experience with water puppetry show.

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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and, signifying its historical and cultural importance, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Also known as the Hanoi Citadel, many artefacts and items dating back to between the 6th and 20th centuries were excavated in 2004, including foundations of old palaces, ancient roads, ponds and wells.

On top of these discoveries, archaeologists also found bronze coins, ceramics and pottery from China and many places in Asia, all of which demonstrate a close trading relationship in the area. Visitors should head for the display room that features interesting excavated items and mock-ups of the citadel itself.

The ancient site was the political centre of the country for 13 consecutive centuries and served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries. A notable attraction in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was the Hanoi Flag Tower, a renovated 40-metre-tall stone fortress offering expansive views of Ba Dinh Square and Hanoi City Centre. Located in Ba Dinh District, entrance to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is priced at VND 30,000 and it is open from 08:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday. This prominent site is also within a 15-minute walk from attractions such as Quan Thanh Temple, Vietnam Military History Museum and Cua Bac Church.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 08:00 – 17:00
Location: 9 Hoang Dieu, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Price Range: VND 30,000

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Ha Noi Flag Pole – Fortress Stands Firmly Over Time

The Flag Tower of Hanoi which is located in the world heritage complex – Thang Long Imperial Citadel, is one of the symbols of the city at the age of nearly 200 years. It is considered one of the most famous sights in the capital for many tourists of Hanoi Daily Tour.

Location and History

The construction began in 1805 and completed in 1812 during the Nguyen dynasty with original construction purpose as an observatory. At that time, Hanoi was originally named as Thang Long (ascending dragon City). When King Minh Mang changed Thang Long into the provincial city of Hanoi, the flagpole became known as the Ha Noi Flag Pole.

The Ha Noi flagpole is located in the Tam Mon (Three Gates) area under the Le dynasty, which built the Thang Long royal citadel. However, under the Nguyen, Thang Long changed the orientation of its gates. After several historical changes, the destination was renamed and it lies within the grounds of the Vietnam Military History Museum, at the corner of Dien Bien Phu and Hoang Dieu Road, nowadays.

Most of the ancient structure in Thang Long Imperial Citadel was destroyed during the French invasion from 1896 to 1897, however, Ha Noi Flagpole is one of rare architecture still remain until now. The image of Flag Tower has been embedded in many remarkable historic events of Vietnam, for example, the flag of Vietnam flew on the top of the Flag Tower for the first time in 1945, after The August Revolution’s success, and the capital liberation day on October 10th  in 1954. So the image of Flag Tower is printed on the money paper issued firstly by the Bank of Vietnam.

Architecture

The Ha Noi Flag Pole is composed of three-tiered with a square peak and a pyramid-shaped tower.The first tier, which is the largest level, is 42.5 meters wide and 3.1 meters high. There are two staircases lead to the second tier, which measures 25 meters along each side and 3.7 meters in height with four doors. The words “Nghênh Húc” ( Welcome dawn’s sunlight”) are inscribed on the eastern door. The western door with the words “Hồi Quang” (Reflecting of light” and the words “Hướng Minh” (“Directed to the sunlight”) are alternately inscribed on the southern door. The final tier is and the third 12.8 meters wide and 5.1 meters high. Inside the pole is a spiral staircase with 52 steps leading to the top.The tower is lighted by 36 flower-shaped and 6 fan-shaped windows along the sides to provide light and fresh air. In all, the flagpole is 41metres high and the National Flag of Vietnam is on top of the tower.

Hanoi Flag Tower offers a breathtaking view of the watchers standing on it. Join Hanoi City Tour to not miss the opportunity to admire Hanoi from above.

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ALL ABOUT TEMPLE OF LITERATURE

Temple of literature Hanoi, main gate

Temple of Literature is one of Things to do in Hanoi, a must-see historical site when visiting Hanoi, the Capital City of Vietnam.

Temple of Literature not only represents the enduring progress of Vietnamese culture( sự thay đổi Văn Hóa Việt Nam theo thời kỳ)  , but also contributes significantly to both Confucian civilization (Đạo Khổng Tử) in Vietnam and other cultures in the world.

  • Temple of Literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.
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I. Temple of Literature In Hanoi

I.1 Temple of Literature Hanoi introduction

How did Temple of Literature appear?

The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 during Ly dynasty to honor Confucius (Confucius was a Chinese teacher, Politician, Philosopher and Founder of Confucianism)

Confucianism

According to his philosophy, Confucianism, people must obey five relationships in the society:

  1. Ruler and Subject.
  2. Father and Son
  3. Elder Brother and Younger Brother
  4. Husband and Wife
  5. Friend and Friend

Imperial Academy

In 1076, Vietnam’s first university, the “Quoc Tu Giam” or Imperial Academy, was established by King Lý Nhân Tông.  The Imperial Academy originally reserved only for  sons of the Kings and madarins. Finally, it was opened for all talented students.

General structure of Temple of literature

Temple of literature complex encompasses five walled courtyards connected by gateways. The number of courtyards, five, is the symbolic number of five basic elements forming the world:

  • Five basic elements: Metal  – Wood –  Fire – Water – The earth.

Phoenix  and dragon  symbols are used to represent the Empress and Emperor:

  • A phoenix represents beauty  – A dragon represents power.

The below is structure of 5 main parts of Temple of Literature Hanoi

I.2 The First Courtyard- Đại Trung Môn (The great middle gate)

The great middle gate in Temple of Literature

The first courtyard extends from Đại Trung Môn (The Great Middle Gate) to the Đại Trung area.

Đại Trung Môn (The great middle gate) is a combination of the names of two great books of Confucianism:

  • Đại Học ( Great learning)
  • Trung Dung ( The Doctrine of the Mean)

Two smaller gates on the left and right side of Đại Trung Môn

  • Accomplished Virtue (Thành Đức)
  • Attained Talent (Đạt Tài)

In ancient Orient concept, left side is more important than right (From Confucius point of view). Therefore, Virtue is more important than Talent.

The carp symbol located at the top of the gate has a meaningful story due to Chinese legendary: “Many carps swim upstream against the river’s strong current in a contest held by God, but only few are capable of the final leap over the waterfall.  If a carp successfully makes the jump, it can transform into a powerful dragon.”

  • The carp overcoming waterfall: hardships that students must overcome if they want to get success in education
  • The carp becoming dragon: student’s promotion in social rank

Plus,

In the past, students had to pass three exams to become government official: Regional exam (Hương examination), National exam (Hội examination) and Royal exam (Đình examination).

Firstly, those students passing the Regional exam (Hương Examination) would be named at the academy.

  • During the course at the academy, the students discussed literature, wrote poetry and learned about Chinese philosophy and culture. The students were enrolled for three to seven years. They had minor tests each month and four major tests each year.

After succeeded in the exams during the course, the students were awarded certification by the Ministry of Rites, qualified them to sit for the National exam (Hội examination)

Finally, after qualifying from National Exam (Hội examination) enables students to take the Royal Exam (Đình Examination), held at court.

In case the students failed the exam, they have to wait for three more years for the next exam.

I.3 The Second Courtyard- Khuê Văn Các (The Pavilion of Constellation)

Khue Van Pavilion, Pavilion of Constellation

Located in the Second Courtyard is Khue Van Pavilion (Pavilion of Constellation)

  • A unique architectural work was built in 1805 under Nguyễn Dynasty- regarded as the symbol of Hanoi in the present time.
  • Given the meaning of term ‘Constellation’ as the brightest star – that carry the wish for development and prosperity for education and culture of Vietnam.

On top of the pavilion is the combination of the circle and the square:

  • The circle represents the sky
  • The square represents the earth.

This is the symbol of the yin and yang harmony. 

I.4 The Third Courtyard – Thien Quang well and Doctor Stelae

Thien Quang Well

In the center of the third courtyard is Thien Quang well (Well of Heavenly Clarity).  Some functions of Thien Quang Well are:

  • To keep the atmosphere of Văn Miếu complex to be tranquil
  • To purify people’s mind
  • Being as a mirror for people to arranging their dress before entering the most scared part of the complex
Thien Quang well, the Well of Heavenly Clarity

Doctor Steles

A general Doctor Stele includes 3 parts:

  • The first part wrote nice words toward the Emperor, his royal court and Confucianism
  • The second part commented on the importance of building steles and the responsibility of successful people toward the country
  • The third part was information about the exams and successful students

Originally, there are 91 doctorate steles.

However due to wars and natural disaster, there are only 82 left.

In putting the steles on the back of the tortoises:

  • The tortoises stand for longevity and wisdom so the names of successful students would last forever
Doctor Steles in Temple of Literature Hanoi

I.5 The Fourth Courtyard- Đại Thành Môn (The gate to great success), and Đại Bái Đường (House of Ceremony)

Leading to the Fourth Courtyard of the temple is Đại Thành Môn (The Gate to the Great Success)

Dai Thanh gate means The Gate To Great Success

In the center of the fourth courtyard is the Đại Bái Đường (House of Ceremony)

  • The house of ceremony is a place for Emperors and Fellows to make their offerings to Confucius. New doctors come to House of Ceremony to kneel and bow to show their respect
House of Ceremony in the center of the fourth courtyard

In Đại Bái Đường, the pair of crane and turtle that present desire of longevity and eternity

Crane and Turtle in House of Ceremony

On each side of the fourth courtyard stands two areas. The original purpose was to keep altar Confucius and Chu Văn An (a master of the Imperial Academy), yet they have now been converted into souvenir shops and drinks stalls.Adjacent to house of ceremony is Đại Thành Sanctuary where Confucius and his four greatest disciples are worshipped.

In the present day, the locals come to Đại Thành Sanctuary to pray for blessings with incense and offerings.

Confucius and his four greatest disciples

I.6 The Fifth Courtyard, grounds of the Imperial Academy

The Fifth Courtyard Grounds of the Imperial Academy

The Fifth Courtyard has been through long history.

  • In 1076, Emperor Ly Nhan Tong ordered the construction of an imperial academy as a fifth courtyard
  • In 1946, the courtyard was destroyed by the French.
  • In 2000, it was reconstructed on the ground of the original “Imperial Academy” as a temple.

The upper floor is dedicated to the three emperors who contributed mostly to the foundation of the temple and the academy:

  • Ly Thanh Tong (1023–1072), who founded the temple in 1070 (In the middle of altar)
  • Ly Nhan Tong (1066–1127), who founded the Imperial Academy (On the right altar)
  • Le Thanh Tong (1442–1497), who ordered the built of doctor statues in 1484 (on the left altar)

Around the Fifth Courtyard, some buildings hold a drum and a bronze bell. The drum is 2.01 metres wide, 2.65 metres high, has a volume of 10 m3 and weighs 700 kilograms. The bell was cast in 2000. It has a height of 2.1 metres and it is 0.99 meters wide.

The drum in Temple of Literature

II. Temple of Literature opening hours, price, dress code, map

II.1 Temple of Literature opening hours

Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Opening time:

  • In summer ( From April to October) : 07:30-17:30
  • In winter (From October to April)     : 08:00-17:00

II.2 Entrance fee

Entrance ticket price (2017):

  • Adult: 30,000 VND (~US$ 1.3) for Vietnamese and foreigners
  • Students: 15,000 VND (~US$ 0.7) (ID, students card required)
  • Children under 15: Free

II.3 Dress code

As Temple of Literature is a formal historical site, visitors should pay serious attention to the dress code as visitors need to be respectable.

In detail, no hat, shorts, mini skirt or tank-top…when being in worshipping/sanctuary area.

II.4 Map

Note:
5-6: The first courtyard
7: The second courtyard
8-9: The second courtyard
10-11: The fourth courtyard
12-13-14-15: The fifth courtyard

III. Free tour in Temple of Literature Hanoi

Visitors are highly recommended to book a free tour in Hanoi. Hanoi Free Local Tours are organized by groups of young passionate students, who are well-trained to have full knowledge about attractions in Hanoi and tour guide skills. Booking a tour is easy as visitors only have to go to websites and fill in a tour’s order. Visitors will receive a confirmation from tour director and they will be picked at their hotel or arranged meeting place at time as appointed.

Author: Kristen Nguyễn

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Hanoi City Tour By Private Car

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam since the 11th century, dazzles visitors with its unique blend of oriental lifestyle, French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes. It still retains a charming air from its colonial days. Visitors are often impressed with the quietness and subtle beauty of Hanoi. Hanoi is an ancient city which has been established and developed for over 1,000 years since 1010. There are many relics of the past, with well-known landmarks such as the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam), One Pillar Pagoda, Sword Lake, West Lake, History Museum, Flag Tower, Hanoi Old Quarter, and many more.

8h00 AM:
Our car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. We will go to West Lake first to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda which is one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi and built in the 6th century. Then we visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is The Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the unique One Pillar Pagoda. Built in 1049, the structure has become an important symbol of Hanoi. Then we continue on to visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070, its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a revealing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Then we go to a restaurant for lunch.

PM:
After lunch we visit the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, the biggest museum covering about 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Tour ends at around 4 pm at your hotel.

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Ba Vi National Park – The Tourist Destination Dedicated To The Adventurous

Ba Vi National Park is one of the most outstanding natural beauty in the North of Vietnam with majestic mountain, a fresh and cool climate and tropical rainforest. It has long become an ideal destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Go to Ba Vi National Park, tourists will be immersed amidst the magnificent natural scenery of the mountains and be told about a legend story of Son Tinh – Thuy Tinh.

Location

Ba Vi National Park is located in Ba Vi District of Hanoi and two districts Luong Son, Ky Son of Hoa Binh province with the total area 11.372 hectares. It takes about 60 kilometers from Hanoi center along highway 21A, 87.

Overview information

Ba Vi National Park is divided into three functional areas: Strict Conservation, Ecological Restoration, and Administrative Services.

In the middle of in the Ba Vi massif mountain range, the National Park is centered around a three-peaked mountain jutting steeply out of the landscape. Inside the park, there is certain mount with 1000 meters height. Some of the most famous mount in Ba Vi park, such as Dinh Vua (1296 meters), Tan Vien mount (1277 meters), Ngoc Hoa mount (1131 meters). Moreover, Ba Vi mountain has many waterfalls that offer a spectacular view for many tourists on Tours in Vietnam.

In addition, Ba Vi National Park has 1,209 species of plants, including 21 species of rare plants which are listed in the Red Book of Vietnam. The fauna has 63 species of mammals, with many rare species.

Ba Vi National Park Highlights

Cactus garden in Ba Vi is extremely diverse with over 1,200 varieties of cactus. Tourists of Hanoi one day tour obviously will have very execting experiences with the cactus inside glasshouse in Ba Vi. They will be free look at the different types of small and large cactus and take a photo with their friends and family.

There are many places to experience and explore from the foot of the mountain to the top of the mountain for the adventurous. Among them, the hill of pine in Ba Vi National Forest is another best-chosen destination for visitors as camping and resting.

Cuc Quy flowers hill is another place where many visitors come most to take photos and to save great moments for their trip. This kind of flower was planted by the French on Ba Vi mountain from the 30s of the previous century. The flowers only bloom for about 10 days to 2 weeks, starting from the middle of November in the calendar. The picture of yellow Da Quy flowers that bloom along both sides of the road melt even the frozen hearts.

The national park also offers some relax services for domestic and foreign tourists. Tan Da Spa Resort provide diverse services to suit every need of customers like experience hot springs, mud baths and herbal baths for individuals, couples or families. The resort is built in the style of an ancient palace and reminiscent of the houses once found in the Vietnamese northern delta region.

Ba Vi National Park is the ideal destination for you to enjoy the fresh air, relax and regain energy working for the new week. Let’s check Vietnam package Tours now to have an enjoyable and memorable trip to Ba Vi National Park.

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Chua Mot Cot – A Thousand Years Old Lotus Of Hanoi Capital

Chua Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda) is located at Ba Dinh district, the center of Hanoi (on the right side of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum). The pagoda is a symbol of Hanoi capital and two most iconic temples because of the history and unique architecture, shaped like a stylized lotus rising from the water. It is one of the Best destination in Vietnam that many domestic and foreign tourists cannot miss when booking Hanoi City Tour.

The history

Chua mot cot was built under the Reign of Emperor Ly Thai Tong of Ly dynasty, who ruled from 1028 to 1054, basing on his dream and the suggestion of the monk Thien Tue in 1049. According to court records, Ly Thai Tong was childless and dreamed that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

who was handing him a baby while seated on a lotus flower. When he woke up, the King told the story and was advised to build the pagoda wich one stone pillar in the middle of a square lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream, by the monk Thien Tue. Not long after, the queen bore him a son. Before the pagoda was opened, the monks had gone around the pagoda and prayed for the longevity of the monarch, therefore the pagoda is as known as Dien Huu Tu (meaning “long blessing”).

The temple was restored by the King Ly Nhan Tong in 1105 and he gave a large copper bell casting to hang at the temple called “Giac The Chung – The Ultimate Enlightenment” (meaning “bell wake up people”). It’s one of four major capital works of Vietnamese feudatory. However, the bell was too large and heavy, therefore it could not be installed inside the temple. Then, they left it on the ground in the farmland of Nhat Tru Pagoda at Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh Vietnam). This land was widely inhabited by turtles, so the bell was named “Chuong Quy Dien” (Bell of the Turtle Farmland). At the beginning of 15th century, Vietnam was invaded and occupied by the Ming Dynasty of China. The enemy smelted this copper bell for manufacturing weapons.

In 1954, the French troops destroyed the pagoda before withdrawing from Vietnam on the night of September 10, after the First Indochina War. After the day of taking over the capital (10/10/1954), the Ministry of Culture had a large restoration of One Pillar Pagoda.

The temple is a place for organizing the religious activities and annual ceremony on the occasion of Vesak – the birthday of the Gautama Buddha. It attracted many monks and Buddhists all over the country each year.

The architectural features

The temple is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter and 4 m in height in the middle of the square pond. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity. Lotus flowers’ roots are in the muddy water, but they rise above the mud to bloom, clean and fragrant.

Inside the temple is sat a statue of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. On the tile roof with four corners bend is a statue of two dragons looking at the moon. In the Vietnamese conception, the dragon is always a sacred animal, symbolizing power. Thus, this image represents human values, intellectual reflection, human desires of Vietnamese ancient civilization.

In the temple garden, there is a Bodhi Tree from the Buddhistic land, given by President Rajendra Prasad on the occasion of President Ho Chi Minh’s visit to India in 1958.

Over nearly a thousand history line, the Asian Record Association has set the Asian record: “The unique architectural temple” for the One Pillar Pagoda, on October 10, 2012. Taking Vietnam Private Tour, you will have a chance to admire the One Pillar Pagoda  – National Historic-Artistic Monument of Vietnam.

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