If you want to escape from the noise, hustle and bustle in the inner city, traveling to some destinations in the city’s suburban is a great suggestion for you. With convenient transportation system, you can easily visit the Hanoi’s suburban attractions without wasting too much time and money.
Co Loa Citadel
Address: Co Loa, Dong Anh District, Hanoi
Means of transportation: Bus 46, 17, 43, 59, 15, taxi or motorbike
Entrance price: 10.000VND/person
Only 30km away from Hanoi’s center, Co Loa Citadel is the ancient capital of Au Lac Kingdom. Located in the high hills at Co Loa, it is the oldest and largest citadel of Vietnam. According to legend, Co Loa was built follow the spiral construction with 9 spirals, however, there still has 3 round. Co Loa represents the unique creations of the ancient Vietnamese in the struggle against enemy. With the deep trenches, strong walls, Co Loa is a solid defensive to protect the King and capital.
Bat Trang Pottery Village
Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia lam, Hanoi
Transportation: Bus 47, taxi, motorbike, boat
Bat Trang means “large yard”, formerly was home to five big families: Le, Pham, Nguyen, Vuong, Tran with the famous traditional craft village is pottery. Some destinations you should visit in Bat Trang village:
- Bat Trang ceramic market: This is the place not to be missed while visiting Bat Trang village. The market sells a variety of handicrafts made from ceramics ranging from cheap to high quality products. Visitors can watch and buy a product to give family or friends as a souvenir.
- Bat Trang ancient village: Located on the left bank of the Red River, you can walk around or hire an ox cart to explore the peaceful scenery of this village.
- Make pottery products by yourself: You will have chance to try to make pottery products by yourself, only costing about 10,000VND/person. Don’t worry about how to make, the artisans in here will help you. And you have to pay more 40-60,000VND to bring this product at home. You also can enjoy some specialties in Bat Trang with very cheap price such as Rang Bua cake, Banh San, Banh Khoai, etc.
Duong Lam ancient village
Address: Son Tay District, Hanoi
Transportation: Bus 71, motorbike, private car.
Entrance fee: ~20,000VND/person
Only 44km from Hanoi, Duong Lam is an ancient village where still retains the typical features of old villages in the Northern Vietnam with port village, wells, temples,… The famous attractions you must visit in Duong Lam village are: Mong Phu Communal House, Giang Van Minh Worship House, Temple of King Ngo Quyen, Mia Temple. The village always is one of the most attractive destinations in the outside of Hanoi for both domestic and foreign travelers.
Address: Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi
Transportation: Bus 15, 17, taxi or private vehicles
Entrance fee: free
Saint Giong Temple or Soc Son Temple, is located in Soc Son District of Hanoi, 40km from the city center. The temple is built at the foot of the Horse Mountain which was believed to be the place where Saint Giong stopped for a rest after fighting off the invaders restoring peace to Vietnam. It is said that Saint Giong rode the horse to the top of the Horse Mountain, then ascending into heaven. A temple was built right at the mountain to remember Saint Giong for the great service to the country.
The festival of Soc Son Temple is held every year, on the 6th day of the lunar year. Participants to the festivals include people from Hanoi, and people from Thai Nguyen and Vinh Phuc Provinces. The festival is to recreate the victory of Saint Giong over the invaders and to recreate many activities of the Vietnamese in the ancient times.
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