City Orientation Walk II, 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 II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk II
Guide Location: Vietnam » Hanoi (See other walking tours in Hanoi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: HelenF
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Hanoi Opera House

1) Hanoi Opera House (must see)

The Hanoi opera house was built in 1911 by the French colonial rulers to resemble the old opera house in Paris. On August the 16th 1945, the Viet Minh declared that it had taken over the city from the balcony of the building.

The Hanoi opera house was built over a drained pond in 1911. Architects Harley and Broyer were the designers, and the construction was supervised by M. Travary and M. Savelon. The structure combines Greek, Beaux Arts and Gothic styles like the Palais Garnier, the old...   view more
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National Museum of Vietnamese History

2) National Museum of Vietnamese History (must see)

The National Museum of Vietnamese History, located in the Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi is an exhaustive repository of objects from the different civilizations that flourished in Vietnam.

The National Museum of Vietnamese History was established by the French colonial rulers as the Far East Research Institute. The museum formed part of the institute at the time. The building was designed by French architect, Ernest Hebrard, and is considered one of the finest examples of Indochinese...   view more
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Museum of Vietnamese Women

3) Museum of Vietnamese Women (must see)

The Museum of Vietnamese Women, located in a leafy courtyard in Ly Thuong Kiet Street in Hanoi is one of the few museums in the world dedicated solely to the life and achievements of women. The museum is a tribute to the sacrifices and contributions made by women to society and to the country of Vietnam.

The idea of establishing a museum dedicated to women was that of Vietnam Women’s Union president Nguyen Thi Dinh and the collections are the result of ten years of patient research. The...   view more
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Hanoi Hilton

4) Hanoi Hilton (must see)

The Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to as the Hanoi Hilton by American POWs in the 2nd Indochina War, is a vast prison complex built by the French in the style of the Maison Centrales a euphemism used for prisons in France. At first it was used as a prison, detention and torture center for revolutionaries struggling for independence from France. During the Vietnam War, the prison was used to house several American pilots whose planes were shot down by Vietnamese forces.

The Hoa...   view more
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St Joseph Cathedral

5) St Joseph Cathedral (must see)

The St Josephs Cathedral in Hanoi is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi. It was built by the French colonial rulers in 1886.

The St. Joseph’s cathedral is the oldest church in Hanoi. It is referred to by the locals as Big Church. The building is located in Pho Nha Chung or Nha Chung Street near the Ho Hoan Kiem or the Lake of the Returned Sword. The French colonial rulers demolished the ancient Bao Thien Pagoda, an important place of worship by the local people to build...   view more
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Trang Tien Plaza

6) Trang Tien Plaza

Tràng Tiền Plaza is a shopping center located in the downtown of Hanoi, Vietnam. The complex's construction began on April 30, 2000 when Vietnamese people celebrated 25th anniversary of The liberation of the south of Vietnam. The complex was finished after 18 months of construction.
Tràng Tiền Plaza offers more than 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters) space for offices, retail shops, coffee and food...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Statue of Ly Thai To

7) Statue of Ly Thai To

The Ly Thai To statue is a large bronze sculpture of Emperor Ly Thai To, founder of the Ly dynasty of Vietnam. He also founded the city of Thang Long in 1010 which later became the city of Hanoi.

In February 2003, the Hanoi department of Culture and Information held a design contest for a statue of Ly Thai To. Sculptor Vi Thi Hoa of the Vietnamese Fine Arts Association won the contest that consisted of 29 other entries. The statue was made in August 2004 and erected in October 2004. It is...   view more
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Martyrs' Monument

8) Martyrs' Monument

Of the great monuments in Hanoi, most are attributed to the brave who died in the battle for Vietnam’s Independence. Martyrs’ Monument depicts two men, one of them holding a torch in the right hand and the second - a gun in his left hand. Meanwhile, a woman is composed with a sword. This leads to the conclusion that regardless of the gender, everybody stood up for their...   view more
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Water Puppet Theater

9) Water Puppet Theater (must see)

The Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi seeks to preserve an ancient Vietnamese art form developed in the Red River delta in North Vietnam. Water puppetry or Mua Roi Nuoc was performed in shallow flooded paddy fields and ponds of the Red River delta. The theater is a well known Vietnamese cultural event and theater troupes have travelled around the world and performed at cultural exchanges and art festivals.

The puppets are mounted on poles hidden under a shallow pool of water. There...   view more
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Hanoi's Old Quarter

10) Hanoi's Old Quarter (must see)

Hanoi's Old Quarter has an old history and represents the eternal soul of the city. When the tradesmen moved from villages into the capital, they brought with them their religious practices. They shifted their temples and houses to their new location, on each street in the Old Quarter there is at least one temple. Now, many of the old temples in the Old Quarter have been changed into shops and living...   view more
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Hang Bong Street

11) Hang Bong Street

Hang Bong is a street in ancient quarter of Hanoi. It continues from the crossroad Hang Bong-Hang Gai-Hang Trong-Hang Hom to the former city gate Cua Nam (South Gate) with length about 932 m. Hang Bong was once a street which produced cotton to make clothes or winter blankets. Today Hang Bong is one of the busiest streets of Hanoi for shopping with art galleries, silk shops, and clothes...   view more

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Create Your Own Walk in Hanoi

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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
Entertainment for Children in Hanoi

Entertainment for Children in Hanoi

There are a lot of tempting places to visit in Hanoi, which is especially true for children when everything seems a hundred times more attractive. Driving carts, boating, shopping for sweets, toys, and other gifts are just a few of the many things to do.

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
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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: 4.9 km