Spend a family vacation in Hanoi as you tour around the city’s History Museum and the crystalline Hoan Kiem Lake. The lake represents the spiritual heart of the city. It derived its name from a legend involving emperor Le Thai To who came across a giant tortoise while cruising on the lake. The tortoise took his sword with which he had secured victory against the Chinese aggressors of the Minh Dynasty. The emperor named the lake after this episode.
Visit the Ngoc Son Pagoda, which was built in the 19th century on a small island on Hoan Kiem Lake. Vietnam’s literary genius, Saint Van Xuong was worshiped in this temple along with Tran Hung Dao, a national hero who led Vietnamese people to victory over Chinese and Mongolian invaders.
Get a slice of Vietnam’s history at the Hanoi History Museum, which displays centuries old relics that marked the country’s historical developments.
Also visit the One Pillar Pagoda, an architecturally-unique example of Vietnam’s pagodas. First built in 1049 during the Ly Dynasty, the pagoda is in the shape of a blooming lotus. Find out the interesting story behind the lotus shape of the pagoda!
You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 by King Ly Thanh Tong to pay tribute to education and high academic achievers. Six years later, it became Hanoi’s first university. Explore Vietnam’s traditions and admire the city’s architectural splendors in this family vacation in Hanoi.
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite exploration by cyclo, while its many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments - give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.
Begin your day visiting the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university.
Continue to the miniature One Pillar Pagoda. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials.
Discover the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed on every Mondays and Fridays and closes annually in October and November for restoration.
Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days (1969). Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.
Afterwards head to visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, the Museum of Ethnology (Closed on Mondays and Vietnam New Year), which brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.
In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Enroute, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (may be seen from the outside only) and St. Joseph's Cathedral.
At the end of tour, you will dropped back at your hotel.
Had another great day with Long (our tour guide). Saw some awesome sights especially the Ho Chi Minh Mosseleum. You never know what to expect on these tours - thats why we loved... Adam Trew
This was a very nice tour, and we got to see many nice places in Hanoi. We particularly loved the museum of ethnology as the village houses outside in the museum were very unique... TONJE FALLAN ISAKSEN
Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 8 hours
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays
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