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    10 things to do in Hanoi

    Vietnam Heritage Travel Company would like to recommend Top 10 things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam

    1. Hoan Kiem Lake (The Lake of the Restored Sword)

    Hoan Kiem Lake (Vietnamese: H Hon Kim, meaning Lake of the Returned Sword or Lake of the

    Restored Sword, also known as HGm Sword Lake) is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the

    capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for

    its public life.

    2. Old Quarter

    The Old Quarter, near Hoan Kiem lake, has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. At

    the beginning of the 20th century the city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now

    part of the old quarter. Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade,

    such as silk traders, jewellery, etc. The street names nowadays still reflect these specializations,

    although few of them remain exclusively in their original commerce. The area is famous for its small

    artisans and merchants, including many silk shops. Local cuisine specialties as well as several clubs andbars can be found here also. A night market (near ng Xun market) in the heart of the district opens

    for business every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food.

    3. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    The HCh Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lng Ch tch H Ch Minh) is a large memorial to the

    Vietnamese leader in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the center of Ba nh Square, which is the place

    where Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic

    Republic of Vietnam.

    4. The Water Puppet Theater

    Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Ma ri nc, lit. puppets that dance on water) is a tradition that dates

    back as far as the 11th century CE when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of

    northern Vietnam. Todays Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian

    puppet tradition.

    The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool.

    A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally

    hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When

    the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.

    Traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this

    popular theatre

    5. Temple of Literature & Ancient National University

    It is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, Vietnam. Although several Vn Miu can be found throughout

    Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, which also functioned as

    Vietnams first university. It is featured on the back of the one hundred thousand Vietnamese ng

    banknote.

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    6. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Vietnamese: Bo tng Dn tc hc Vit Nam) is a museum in Hanoi,

    Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 3.27-

    acre (13,200 m2) property in the Cu Giy District, about 8 km from the city center.

    It is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi.

    The proposal for the museum was officially approved on December 14, 1987. Construction lasted from

    1987 to 1995, and it was opened to the public on November 12, 1997.

    The exhibition building was designed by the architect H c Lnh, a member of the Ty ethnic group, in

    the shape of a Dong Son drum, and the interior architecture was designed by the French architect

    Vronique Dollfus.

    7. West Lake

    Ho Tay is the largest of all the lakes in Ha Noi. The lake is on the northwest part of the city. Long ago, the

    lake was a branch of the Red river but later, as the river changed course, the lake remained a body of

    water just west of the river. There are many legends associated with West Lake. The most popular is thelegend of the golden buffalo.As the story goes, there once was a medicine man who was a giant. He is

    well known in Vietnam for his medicine practice and the king often used him to treat the royal family.

    His fame reached China and he was invited to China to treat the king. He was successful where others

    have failed so the king was going to reward him with great wealth. He refused offerings of gold and only

    requested that the king give him all the black copper in the kings vault. The king agreed and the giant

    left for Vietnam with vast amounts of black copper. In Vietnam the giant molded a giant bell of black

    copper. The giant rang the bell and the sound resonated all the way to China. In the kings vault there

    was a golden buffalo. Upon hearing the sound of the bell, the buffalo came to life (because he thought

    that his mother was calling him) and charged southward. Upon reaching Ha Noi, the buffalo trampled

    the land in the area near Red river. Over the years, this area filled with water and became Ho Tay or

    West Lake.

    8. Hoa Lo Prison

    The Hoa Lo Prison (Vietnamese: Ha L), later sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the

    Hanoi Hilton, was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by

    North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War.

    9. Hanoi night market

    This market spreading from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan Market creates a busy and crowded walking

    street. on weekend evenings, a lot of people come here to stroll or go shopping, which becomes a habit.

    As a commercial street, you can find everything concerning clothes and recreation. Clothes, sweets, o

    mai (salted dry fruit), decorations, toys, stationeries, sundry goods are respectively sold o-n Hang

    Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Buom, Hang Duong, Luong Van Can, Hang Ma, Ngo Gach and Hang Ca Streets.

    All goods and facilities can be found from Dong Xuan Market to Hang Giay Street.

    People come here for shopping or just strolling in the crowd to feel the atmosphere of the night market

    and the habit of Hanoians. Children are excited about going shopping with their family, sitting on their

    fathers shoulders, holding their mothers hand, walking in a stream of people, playing with sand

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    pictures and painting statues. It is so romantic to see lovers hand in hand walking on the street, smiling,

    taking pictures, buying some pieces of clothes at weekends. There are lots of foreign tourists who go

    sight-seeing or shopping. It is easy for them to find Hanoi or Vietnamese style souvenirs at low prices.

    Food stalls often sell banh beo (bloating fern-shaped cake), bacon, grilled nem chua, sausages, Hai

    Phong bread, Donner Kebap, cakes, sweet porridge of northern provinces or Hue city. At the end of the

    night market street, next to Dong Xuan market, there is a night eatery with a wide range of food, such as

    lau, grilled food, banh khuc and steamed sticky rice.

    10. Bat Trang Ceramic Village

    Bat Trang, a small village in the north of Vietnam, is about 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, on

    the other side of Chuong Duong bridge. Why is its name popular to most tourists to northern Vietnam?

    The answer is its ever famous ceramic and pottery products of high quality. If you have known about

    Vietnam, you may not be surprised that Bat Trangs vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of

    ceramic products have been exported worldwide. Should you would like to contemplate workers making

    ceramic products by hand, just come here! Whats more, you can also try it yourself!

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