Discover the beautiful countryside of Hanoi
With only 1 day trip, Hanoi tourist can visit historic Co Loa Citadel, Soc Son Temple (honoring Saint Giong) and the amazing Thanh Chuong Palace
Co Loa Citadel is a fortress in the Red River Delta, about 20 km north of Hanoi. The fortress is spiral-shaped, and it is composed of the outer walls and the citadel. Archaeologists revealed some fragments of Dong Son pottery and a large number of bronze objects. It was the capital of Au Lac, at the third century before Christian and the Van Xuan state under Ngo Quyen reign after Christian. In 1962, Co Loa was ranked as historical national culture.
You will then drive to Soc Son Temple, which is one of the oldest and most holy sites in Vietnam. Coming here, Hanoi tourists will have a chance to be far from the bustle of Hanoi. If you climb up to the pagoda on the top of the mountain, you can see the bronze Buddha statue, weighing 20 tons and standing 8.4 meters high. Also, on the side of pagoda, there is the Buddhism Institute.
Located in a 10,000-square meter area at Day Dieu slope, Hien Ninh commune, Soc Son district, Thanh Chuong Palace was built in late 2001 and finished in 2003. The palace preserves and honors Vietnamese spiritual and special art values. Thanh Chuong Palace has 25 cultural works which combine architecture, sculpture, art, religion and food. Coming hear, tourists can see Vietnamese architecture and sculpture art which colorize old houses of hundreds years old.