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Whether you agree with its sentiments or not, there's no denying the visual aesthetic of Communist propaganda art. Vietnam's is particularly attractive, with a strong feminine touch coming through in many of the designs. Reproductions are sold in...
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01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Hanoi Opera House is one of the grandest buildings in Indochina and its status is reflected in the cultural manna it continues to offer visitors. The beautifully restored building hosts regular classical music concerts, operas, and ballets plus a...
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51A Đường Thành, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hat tuong can best be described as a uniquely Vietnamese variation on Chinese opera. The elaborate costumes and highly stylized and emotive acting found in Chinese opera are present and correct, but themes touch on aspects of Vietnam's traditions...
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Cầu Thê Húc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Huc bridge of Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi. My travel buddy Jen and I had been traveling for several weeks in Vietnam and were getting ready to leave for the airport to head back to the States. We had grabbed a bite to eat...
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Chùa Một Cột, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
The French destroyed this famous temple in 1954, but it was lovingly rebuilt and remains a favorite with locals. The structure commemorates the legend of Emperor Ly Thai Tong who originally built the temple way back in 1049. The distinctive single...
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Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
On Jade Island on Hoan Kiem Lake, this picturesque 18th-century shrine is perhaps the city's most beautiful. To get to the temple, walk through Three Passage Gate and across the Flood of Morning Sunlight Bridge. Once at the temple, you will reach...
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87 Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Old Quarter may remain evocative, but its historic feel belies the fact that many of its buildings have fallen into disrepair over the years. This property, which dates back to the late 19th century, was once home to a Chinese family who owned...
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Ba Dinh Square, Ba Đình, Hanoi, Vietnam
A pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's revolutionary leader, is an essential part of any Hanoi itinerary. Less macabre, however, is a humble stilt house where he resided intermittently from 1958 to 1969. The house is an...
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Số 2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Though the venerable Vietnamese leader asked to be cremated, Ho Chi Minh's remains now reside embalmed inside this imposing, pillared, gray-granite memorial. His resting place is hugely popular, drawing Vietnamese in droves as they pay their...
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Số 1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Perhaps the most relevant museum in Hanoi for American visitors is the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, popularly known as the "Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Its exterior is a strangely cheery yellow, and it was part of a complex built by the...
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19 Ngách 158/19 Ngọc Hà, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Vietnam's museums are often confusing and lacking in information. This one is no exception to the rule, but its conceptual art displays built to symbolise the onward march of socialism are worth a couple of hours of anyone's time. Photo by Yuxuan...
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Nguyễn Văn Huyên, Quan Hoa, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Showcasing the heritage of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, this museum has an indoor exhibition space with a large collection of photographs and artifacts including clothing, jewelry, tools, military equipment, and items related to religious beliefs...
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36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hàng Bài, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Women have traditionally played a leading role in Vietnamese society and this interesting museum plays tribute to their contribution. There are powerful exhibits remembering the part women played in the revolutionary movement and the Vietnam War...
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58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Don't skip Temple of Literature when you visit Hanoi, especially if it is during the time of the New Year Celebrations. This is when students and their families will come and pay a visit and calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and...
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57b Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hoàn Kiếm Hanoi, Vietnam
While the art of puppetry is common throughout much of Asia, Vietnam has the unique discipline of water puppetry. These puppets are carved from wood and then lacquered to protect them from the water. The stage for a show is a pool of water, with...
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Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
A couple of blocks west of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake—meaning Lake of the Restored Sword—is one of Hanoi’s anchors. It contains a number of sites worth visiting, like Ngoc Soc Temple and the picturesque, red-lacquered Huc...
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If you are interested in a balanced view of Vietnam's revolutionary struggles over the past couple of centuries, don't expect much from this classically one-sided museum. However, the random documents and dioramas are sprinkled in with a few...
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28A Điện Biên Phủ, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
There are not all that many Communist statues in Hanoi, surprisingly. One that remains is of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, which stands near the Vietnamese Army Museum in Dien Bien Phu Street. In a weird twist of fate, the playground in which it...
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28A Điện Biên Phủ, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the main military lessons of the 20th century for potential foes of Vietnam was that the country wouldn't take any invasion lying down. First the French then the Americans and finally the Chinese were out-thought and out-fought by the...
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Chợ Đồng Xuân, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the best parts about visiting Hanoi as a traveler is the food—so fresh, so delicious, and so abundant that you can literally trip over it when trying to navigate the city's notoriously crowded sidewalks. This vegetable vendor outside Dong...
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76 Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The oldest temple in Hanoi, this small structure in the heart of the Old Quarter was built by King Ly Thai To in the 11th century to honour a white horse that led him to the site. There's a statue of the legendary horse inside the pagoda as well...
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15 Phố Ngô Quyền, French Quarter, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi City 010000, Vietnam
A landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter since opening in 1901, this colonial building with distinctive green shutters and gleaming vintage Citroën Traction cars out front has welcomed presidents, ambassadors, and literary and cinematic...
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61 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
If you don't get the chance to visit Bat Trang -- a village just outside Hanoi famous for the quality of its ceramics -- a visit to this long-established shop should do the trick. Colorful crockery, ceramic lamps, and other products are among the...
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43 &, 51 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Local artisans benefit from this nonprofit organisation, which sells their crafts such as bags, textiles, scarves and trinkets at fair market prices. Items are of high quality and prices are reasonable.