Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the favorite destinations for tourists when they come to Vietnam. However, there is a wide range of must-see historical sites around this area that allow you to learn more about history and culture of this beautiful country. Here is the top 5 suggestions that you might need for your excursions in Vietnam.
Quan Chuong Gate
Located in the shortest road in Hanoi, Quan Chuong Gate is a must-known historical site when you reach the area of Hanoi Old Quarter. Quan Chuong, dating back to 18th century, is one of 21 gates in total of the ancient Thang Long Citadel, which leads to Red River Dykes and the outskirt areas of Hanoi. In the past, there was a thick wooden door which was closed at night and opened in the early morning by the barracks. Quan Chuong Gate is the only existing of its kind in Hanoi, which has been suffering from a wide range of intense battles in war time, but still remaining its architectural beauty and features marking a memorable period of Vietnamese history.
Long Bien Bridge
Constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century by French architects, Long Bien Bridge is considered as another outstanding symbol as well as a historical landmark of Hanoi. Being one of the main roads for local people in the outskirt of Hanoi to come to the city center, the bridge plays an important role to both local life and traffic in the city. Visiting the bridge, you might not leave it without taking some pictures of the massive appearance just like an old giant steel dragon hanging on the majestic Red River. From there, you will have a chance to admire the biggest river in Northern Vietnam that surrounds and protects the city for thousands years, as well as observe some rural villages, corn fields, rice paddies in Red river delta.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
If you are interested in architecture and design of ancient pagoda in Vietnam, then paying visit to the oldest pagoda in Hanoi is a must. Tran Quoc is located on the bank of the biggest lake in Hanoi, It is widely well-known by tourist for its unique architecture and long-term sacredness. Once arrived there, you might be amazed by a harmonious combination of nature, architect and religion, which allows you to comfortably explore the traditional customs of Vietnamese pilgrims as well as the development of Buddhism in Vietnam.
Hoa Lo Prison
Located in the self-titled street, Hoa Lo prison is quite close for you to extend your knowledge of the Vietnamese Wars. Built in the late 1890s by the French, Hoa Lo is the place where thousands of Vietnamese political prisoners were captured, badly treated and executed in the past. Although mostly things have changed, visiting the prison offers you the chance to understand more about the extremely horrible time that Vietnamese prisoners had to suffer by witnessing a wide range of private exhibits and documents from the prison.
Situated at the heart of Ho Chi Minh Complex, One-pillar Pagoda is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Vietnam. The pagoda, dating back to eleventh century, has a unique architectural style modeling from Lotus flower and is considered as another beautiful symbol of Hanoi. According to many travelers worldwide, this sure is one of tiniest but most beautiful pagodas in their Indochina holiday packages.
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