Nearby Attractions: Thang Long Citadel, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Monsoleum, Hanoi
Though this World Heritage Site is comparable to the Royal Palace, other tourist attractions in Hanoi are better known than Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

Ho Chi Minh Complex and Nearby:
Ba Dinh Square
Ho Chi Minh Monsoleum
One Pillar Pagoda
Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Relic Area in Presidential Palace
Temple of Literature
Lenin Statue and Park
Army Museum

Huan Kiem Lake Area:
Ngoc Son Temple
Turtle Tower
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Monument of King Le Thai To
Hanoi Old Quarter

East Side of Huan Kiem Lake
Opera House
Vietnamese Revolution Museum
Vietnam National Museum of History

One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Complex
Ho Chi Minh Complex:
In front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is Ba Dinh Square, wide green yard where you can take grand and beautiful panorama shots. If want to visit Uncle Ho you need to go to the entrance of Ho Chi Minh Complex at Ngoc Ha Street several hundred metres away.

Inside complex you can visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Relic Area in Prediential and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 8.00-11.00 except Friday
Other attractions in the complex 8.00 - 11.30 / 14.00 - 16.00

Temple of Literature is located 1km south of Ho Chi Minh Complex but it is it on the opposite direction to Thang Long Citadel. For Lenin Statue & Park and Army Museum are just steps away from Flag Tower of Hanoi.

Huan Kiem Lake Area:
Around the Huan Kiem Lake is the tourist hub of Hanoi. There are tourist information centre, accommodations, dining venues with a view, street food scene, meeting point, theatre, open bus stop, shopping area, banks and post office.

Ngoc Son Temple, Huan Kiem Lake
Ngoc Son Temple and Turtle Tower
Located above the lake, it is a legend about tortoise, sacred sword and great king. Turtle is one of mythical animals of Vietnam, including dragon (Long), turtle, phoenix and unicorn (Dragon-headed Unicorn).

Monument of King Le Thai To
He is one of Vietnamese great emperors who could repel the Chinese troop from Vietnam in 14th century. Le Thai To is the king who mentioned in the legend of magical sword and giant turtle in Huan Kiem Lake. His pristine monument is compact on the busy road around the lake.

Water Puppet Theatre, Huan Kiem Lakeside
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
The performance here is one of my favourite activities in Vietnam. I attended the show after visiting real rural area at a commune where Citedel of Ho Dynasty is situated in Tranh Hoa Province. Friendly Vietnamese farmers in laid-back village, their cottages, paddy fields, ponds and buffalos still exist in Vietnam.

The Water Puppet show in Hanoi seems gaining the most reputation because it has been the traditional local activity that reflects the daily life and beliefs of the Northern farmers for a long time.

Hanoi Old Quarter
Don’t miss to explore the heritage houses in Hanoi Old Quarter on the North of Huan Kiem Lake. I met by an accident. However, I really like them. As we see, Vietnamese houses are narrow at front and deep long. Heritage houses are divided the plot of land wisely with courtyard at the middle and private terrace on the second floor to allow sunlight and air circulation.

East Side of Huan Kiem Lake:
East side of Huan Kiem Lake is the elegant district of Hanoi, this is the site of government offices in Colonial architecture style,  the stock market, five-star hotels, and luxury brand stores from the West, such as Gucci, Louise Vuitton and Mont Blanc.

Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House
One of Hanoi's elegant landmark under Renaissance architecture with European master from Opera Garnier de Paris, built during 1901-1911. Compared to Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, it is the larger. Hanoi Opera House organised the events from time to time. Green lawn and ground floor of the building is location of chic café, restaurant and bar that open daily. If you walk through the back gate, there are more affordable Vietnamese coffee houses there.

Vietnamese Revolution Museum
Vietnamese Revolution Museum
Vietnamese Revolution Museum
Tran Quang Khai Street

I had the opportunity to visit Vietnamese Revolution Museum located in typical Colonial architecture building. The back entrance is not far from the Opera House. The exhibition is simple, filled with photos and historical objects. What makes me frightened is the Guillotine on display at the museum's second floor.  And what a delight is clean restroom.

Vietnam National Museum of History
Trang Tien Street

Exotic Indo-Chinese style edifice located not far from the Vietnamese Revolution Museum, but I missed. Because of confusion with the label attached to the front gate of the Museum of Vietnamese Revolution as Vietnam National Museum of History. I spent most of time at Revolution Museum and too tired to continue.

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