Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the center of culture and history. Coming to Hanoi, tourists at home and from abroad should not miss the following tourist attractions:
Hanoi Old Quarter
Foreign tourists compare Hanoi Old Quarter to the ancient city of Venice. Up till now, Hanoi Old Quarter has been regarded as the most unique in Vietnam.
Hanoi Old Quarter, often called the 36 Streets is located in the centre of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem district and covers an area of 100 hectares. The Old Quarter is surrounded by Hang Dau Street to the north; Hang Bong, Hang Gai, Cau Go and Hang Thung to the south; Tran Nhat Duat and Tran Quang Khai to the east and Phung Hung Street to the west.
In the past, this place consisted of handicraft guilds. Each street is named after a type of commodity such as Hang Non, Hang Chieu and Hang Thung. Mingled with houses built in the traditional way are cultural, historical and religious constructions and numerous restaurants. Over many years, the Quarter still has retained ancient architectural of Vietnam in particular and Asia in general.
Ba Dinh square
Ba Dinh square often holds significant events of the Hanoi capital and Vietnam. Previously, Ba Dinh square was the West gate of the Hanoi Citadel. French colonials demolished the Citadel to a small flower garden named Puginier Round Point. In 1945, it was renamed Ba Dinh garden.
Ba Dinh square was where hundreds of thousands of people attended the National Day on September 2, 1945. In this square, six days after the president Ho Chi Minh’s death, on September 9, 1969, the people from various regions in Vietnam together with 34 international delegations took part in the solemn memorial service for Ho Chi Minh.
Nowadays, the main facade square is the Ho Chi Minh Masoleum. In front of the mausoleum is the vast space with the length of 320 meters, the width of 100 meters and the number seats for 200,000 people. Ba Dinh has 168 squares of grass that are always green throughout four seasons. In the middle of the flagpole. Ba Dinh Square became the sacred place of the Hanoi capital.
Hoan Kiem lake
Hoan Kiem Lake is encompassed by Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Thai To and Hang Khay streets. These three streets have the length of around 1,800 meters. The lake surface is similar to a big mirror reflecting the shadow of ancient trees, willow trees, ancient temples, old towers and skyscrapers.
In the past, the lake was called Luc Thuy because of its pure green water color in all the four seasons. In the 15th century, Luc Thuy Lake was recalled Hoan Kiem lake. This name originated from the story that Emperor Le Thai To returned the sword to the golden turtle.
Turtle is one of Four Holy Beasts including Dragon, Qilin, Turtle and Phoenix) in the folklore. This turtle still settles in the lake and rise to the surface a couple of times every year. It is interesting to witness this fascinating scene. Besides, there are two floating islands including Pearl island and Turtle island.