City Orientation Walk I, Hanoi

Among the crowded streets of the Vietnamese capital, tourists may discover hidden little gems of great spiritual, political, and cultural value. Take a walk through the heart of the city and stumble across the massive monuments, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the remains of French occupation, as well as many other prominent landmarks.
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City Orientation Walk I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: Vietnam » Hanoi (See other walking tours in Hanoi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: Caroline
Ba Dinh Square

1) Ba Dinh Square

Located in the heart of Hanoi is the Ba Dinh Square that bore witness to many of the turbulent events in the history of Vietnam. It is a large square located in front of the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh where gatherings and festivities are held.

Ba Dinh square is 320 meters long and 100 meters wide. It has the capacity for a gathering of over 20,000 people. The square is divided into 240 green spaces. President Ho declared the independence of Vietnam on the 2nd of September 1945 at the square....   view more
Hanoi War Memorial

2) Hanoi War Memorial

The War Memorial in Hanoi is a monument which commemorates the sacrifice of courageous Vietnamese men and women who served the country in a time of great danger. The Memorial’s design is an impressive combination of modern architecture and tradition Vietnamese elements. The War Memorial is located next to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh...   view more
Flag Tower of Hanoi

3) Flag Tower of Hanoi

The 200 year old Flag Tower of Hanoi is not only a symbol of Hanoi but has been declared a world heritage site. The tower was one of the few ancient monuments that the French colonists did not destroy and served as a military watchtower during the colonial period. It also survived the American bombing raids in the 1970s.

The construction of the Flag Tower or the Cot Co tower began in 1805 and was completed in 1812 during the reign of Gia Long, the best known ruler of the Nguyen dynasty. It...   view more
Lenin Monument

4) Lenin Monument

The Lenin Monument or Lenin Statue is a stone sculpture of the Bolshevik Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, popularly known as Lenin. The statue is located on a playground in Duong Dien Bien Phu Street in Hanoi called Lenin Park.

The Lenin statue was erected in Thong Nhat Park in 1980 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Lenin. It was a gift from the USSR to the Vietnamese people. The statue was later placed at the location that was renamed Lenin Park. It now faces Hanoi’s...   view more
Military History Museum

5) Military History Museum (must see)

One of the oldest museums in Hanoi, the Army Museum, also called the Military History Museum is a tribute to the Vietnamese army that fought to preserve the unity, integrity and independence of Vietnam against the French and during the U.S. offensive.

The Military History Museum is located at the center of Hanoi near the statue of V.I. Lenin. The Cot Co Hanoi Flag Tower, one of the city’s monuments stands on the grounds of the museum. The 31 meter high tower was built between 1805 and 1812...   view more
National Museum of Fine Arts

6) National Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

The Hanoi Fine Arts museum is a repository of the art and cultural heritage of Vietnam. It has exhibits from the Bronze Age to contemporary works by modern artists. Many of the exhibits are reproductions of artifacts lost during the Indochina Wars.

The Hanoi Museum of Fine Arts is housed in a beautiful colonial building. The architecture of the building is a combination of classical European style with native Vietnamese details. At first the building was a school for girls belonging to...   view more
Temple of Literature

7) Temple of Literature (must see)

The Temple of Literature, dedicated to the Chinese Philosopher is one of Hanoi’s oldest structures. There are many temples of literature across Vietnam but the Hanoi temple is the oldest and the most important among them. It is also the venue of the country’s earliest university.

The Temple of Literature was founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070 a few years after the establishment of the city of Hanoi. The University established six years later admitted children from the royal family...   view more
Ho Chi Minh Museum

8) Ho Chi Minh Museum (must see)

This museum is dedicated to the life and times of Vietnam’s founding father, Ho Chi Minh. The museum has five floors full of memorabilia belonging to or related to the great leader of North Vietnam. It was opened on the 2nd September 1990, a hundred years after the birth of Ho Chi Minh.

The building housing the Ho Chi Minh museum combines Vietnamese architectural elements with Russian architectural styles. The facade has a large relief of the hammer and the sickle. Exhibits in the museum...   view more
One Pillar Pagoda

9) One Pillar Pagoda (must see)

Located in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex in Hanoi, this temple is dedicated to the Goddess of mercy and protector of children, Quan Am. The structure gets its name because the wooden temple is supported by a single pillar.

The temple was built in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to legend, Quan Am came in a dream seated on a lotus and handed a male child to the childless emperor. Soon after, he married a peasant girl and a male child was born. The pagoda...   view more
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

10) Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (must see)

Ho Chi Minh wrote in his will that he wanted his body to be cremated and the ashes strewn all over Vietnam because it was hygienic and valuable land would not be wasted. The people of Vietnam willed otherwise. They wanted their leader to remain a living symbol of their many struggles against foreign powers. The result was this imposing mausoleum where his body lies embalmed.

The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum built with the help of the USSR is modeled on the mausoleum of Lenin in Moscow. It is a...   view more
Presidential Palace

11) Presidential Palace (must see)

The Presidential Palace in Hanoi was built as the residence of the Governor General under French colonial rule. Today it is used as a guest house and reception facility for foreign dignitaries.

The Presidential Palace is a yellow three storey building constructed in Renaissance and Beaux Art style. The French colonial rulers had a civilizing mission and believed that European architectural styles were superior to traditional Asian housing design. The building has no Asian architectural...   view more
Quan Thanh Pagoda

12) Quan Thanh Pagoda

Located on the shore of the Truc Bach lake in Hanoi is the Quan Thanh Pagoda, an 11th century Taoist temple dedicated to Tran Vu, a principal Taoist deity. The temple was built during the reign of King Li Thai To, between 1010 and 1028. Since then, the structure has undergone several renovations. The last restoration of the temple was in 1893.

Tran Vu was one of the four deities that protected Hanoi in each direction. The role of Tran Vu was to protect the north of the city. According to...   view more
Tran Quoc Pagoda

13) Tran Quoc Pagoda (must see)

The Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on a small peninsula between the West Lake and Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi, is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. It was constructed in the 6th Century, during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, who was also called the Khai Quoc ( National Founder).

The Tran Quoc pagoda is built in the tradition of the Indian Stupa. It is a tall, tower like structure where religious relics were placed for veneration. The architecture used for the pagoda itself and surrounding structures is...   view more

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Create Your Own Walk in Hanoi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hanoi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries of Hanoi I

Museums and Galleries of Hanoi I

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Among the crowded streets of the Vietnamese capital, tourists may discover hidden little gems of great spiritual, political, and cultural value. Take a walk through the heart of the city and stumble across the massive monuments, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the remains of French occupation, as well as many other prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Entertainment for Children in Hanoi

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Museums and Galleries of Hanoi II

Museums and Galleries of Hanoi II

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, offers a vast collection of fantastic museums. Here you can learn about the importance and development of the Vietnamese society. The extraordinary venues are like mirrors of history, prepared to take you through a walk of this amazing civilization.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Places of Worship in Hanoi

Places of Worship in Hanoi

For a thousand years Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam as well as an important cultural center of the country. The city features amazing pagodas along with temples and churches. In spite of French domination, Hanoi preserved its amazing religious venues and to this day are a joy to see.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km