Vietnam is one of the most fascinating places in the world, and the North Vietnamese city of Hanoi is a city that is absolutely unique. The old and new mix in this city of 4 million, making it a destination unlike almost anywhere else in southeast Asia. Any visitor to the city of Hanoi should take the time to visit these three emblematic landmarks.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Surprisingly, in the heart of the city of Hanoi you will find Hoan Kiem Lake, a natural freshwater lake that features a tower in its center and walking paths and bridges all around. This is a great place to marvel at a spot that has always been an important spot throughout Hanoi’s history.
Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is a Hanoi institution that was built in 1070 and is dedicated to Confucius. Now a part of the Imperial Academy, you can visit this spot and see all of its beautiful decorations, ponds, and buildings.
Hanoi Old Quarter
French colonial architecture is the main thing you will notice in Hanoi’s gorgeous Old Quarter. Tiny restaurants serving Pho, trains that pass through impossibly tight gaps between buildings, and colorful facades are part of the charm of this special district of the city.