Best stopover destinations en route to Hanoi

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Hanoi attracts a large number of both domestic and foreign tourists each year because of not only rich culture, delicious cuisine but also many attractive destinations. Once traveling to Hanoi, visitors cannot ignore the famous stopovers such as One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ngoc Son Temple, West Lake, Temple of Literature and so on.

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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake (via BestPrice Travel)

Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, it was named in the early 15th century after the legend of Emperor Le Thai To returned the magical sword to the God. The lake is located right in the heart of Hanoi, very convenient for tourists coming to visit. Although it is not the largest lake, it is the symbol of the capital and associated with the spiritual life of many Hanoians. There are many beautiful sites around the lake travelers can visit, the most typical of which are The Huc Bridge and Turtle Tower. Besides them, you also will have the chance to visit the impressive architectural works of the city surrounding the lake such as Ly Thai To statue, Ba Kieu Temple, Ba Da Pagoda, Pen Tower, etc.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (via TripSavvy)

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inaugurated in 1975 as the place to preserve the President Ho Chi Minh’s body. It is opened 5 days a week, in the morning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. When visiting the mausoleum, visitors must follow the rules of management board: well-dressed, polite, and don’t take photos or videos. After that, travelers can visit and take pictures at Ba Dinh Square, where Uncle Ho read the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Featuring the great cultural and historical values, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the first destinations that anyone must visit while traveling to this city.

Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature (via The Flying Ducklings)

Known as the first university of Vietnam, Temple of Literature is listed in the list of 23 special national monuments. The temple complex is divided into 5 court yards, each with its own significance and history. The first courtyard stretches from the main gate to Dai Trung gate; the second dtands out with Khue Van Cac pavilion; the third is where doctor names was listed on a tombstone above tortoise backs; the fourth courtyard is dedicated for Confucius and Chu Van An and also the place where local people choose to cherish brilliant students in Hanoi; the last courtyard is Thai Hoc house which used to be Quoc Tu Giam – the first university of Vietnam.

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda (via Drift Backpackers Hostel)

Hanoi is one of Buddhism center of Vietnam so it is easy to understand that there are many temples, communal houses located in here. The most famous of which we must mention is One Pillar Pagoda with unique architecture looking like a lotus blossom in the lake. One Pillar Pagoda, also known as Dien Huu Tu, Lien Hoa Dai, is located in the heart of Hanoi, near the Ho Chi Minh Museum. It was built in 1049 under the reign of King Ly Thai Tong. The pagoda was destroyed in 1954 by the French colonists and rebuilt in 1955.

Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge across the Red river connects two districts Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of Hanoi. The bridge was built by French from 1898 – 1902. Overcome many ups and downs of history, the bridge is not only a traffic construction, a nice architecture but also a living historical relic. It is also considered as the best place to look at the sunrise, sunset and taking beautiful photos of alluvial patch.

Long Bien Bridge (via Báo Mới)

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is one of the most important landmarks of Hanoi. It has an area of about 18,385 ha, including archaeological site at 18 Hoang Dieu Street, and the central area of the Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty. The central area includes Flag Tower, South Gate, kinh Thien Foundation, Princess Pagoda and North Gate. The citadel has spacious space with green grass which is an ideal background for students to take nice yearbook photos as well as for visitors to capture beautiful moments in Hanoi.

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