Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Old Quarter, Hanoi

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Hanoi’s Old Quarter is the most famous sight in Hanoi. If you visit Hanoi, you cannot miss this fascinating part of town. The old part of the city is full of charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas. The old centre was always behind huge walls and heavy wooden gates until well into the 19th century. But apart from a gate on the eastern side of Hang Chieu, the walls have disappeared from the ancient city altogether. You’ll find the district near Hoan Kiem Lake. Exploring this area on foot is one of the best things to do in Hanoi.

The Old Quarter is a hectic place, endless traffic of scooters, motorbikes and bicycles, traders selling fruit and souvenirs and narrow shops serving delicious Vietnamese food. Highly recommended!

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Hanoi train Street

Hanoi train Street, Hanoi

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The Hanoi train street, is a railway line over which trains run twice a day. Hanoi train street is located on a narrow side street between scrap yards and cafes. This world-famous train street is one of the most surprising things to see in Hanoi. The photos and videos are world-famous and you will surely have seen them passing by on the internet.

Here, you can sit in one of the cafés while looking out the window and watching a train pass by 50 centimetres away. In the Hanoi train street, people literally live on the rails. When the train arrives, residents press themselves firmly against the wall or jump into the doorway. It is an impressive sight during the day.

Unfortunately, these days the cafes on the railway itself are closed. Previously, it was possible to sit outside next to the track and feel the air pressure. Due to new security measures from the local government, this is just not allowed anymore.

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most visited sights in Hanoi. There are many visitors on weekends and national holidays.

It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s most iconic and popular leader, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. The Mausoleum was built against the express wishes of Ho Chi Minh himself. In fact, his will stated that he wanted to be cremated, after which his ashes were to be scattered across different parts of Vietnam. Unfortunately for Ho Chi Minh, this last wish was not respected. His body is now kept here in a glass coffin.

Vietnamese from all over the country come here to pay their respects to the great leader Ho Chi Minh. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum has a real communist look as we know it from the old Soviet Union.

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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

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The main attraction in the city is undoubtedly the Hoan Kiem Lake. The lake is a central point in Hanoi and is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists throughout the day. The name Hoan Kiem Lake means ‘Reclaimed Sword’ and refers to a legend from the 15th century. It is said that Lê Loi, who later became emperor, received a sword from heaven with which he drove the Chinese out of Vietnam.

The Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small island in the middle of the lake. In the same leek near to the Ngoc Son Temple you can see an even smaller island with a pagoda in the lake. In that pagoda you can see a turtle that was taken from the lake in 1963. According to the scholar, this turtle was 500 years old, but the locals still believe that the turtle lives in the lake.

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