With a thousand years of history to its credit, Hanoi has so much to offer as a tourist attraction. The length of the city’s history itself is more than a guarantee of a rewarding travel experience. Infrastructures such as ancient temples as old as 1500 years will take you back in ancient times, and this experience of a historical drama will be accented by a contrast of the more recent French colonial structures. Once you get tired from these wanderings, the serene lakes together with other, equally beautiful natural landmarks will never fail to soothe your traveler’s spirit. For the most rewarding Hanoi tours, don’t miss an opportunity to get up-close and personal with any of the following attractions:
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tracing its history back to 1500 years ago, Tran Quoc Pagoda is renowned the oldest pagoda in existence in Hanoi. Seated on a small peninsula on the East side of West Lake, the magnificent Buddhist architecture of this infrastructure quietly complements the natural, serene ambiance of West Lake’ surface. The beautiful structure has historically been a favorite sight among Vietnam’s lords and kings, and until now, the sacred sanctuary attracts many visitors, both local and international.
Saint Joseph Cathedral
Saint Joseph Cathedral is a more recent addition to Hanoi’s history, brought about by the French conquerors about 120 years ago. Equally stunning yet in complete contrast with the city’s thousand old buildings, this landmark contributes to Hanoi’s unique charm and character. It was patterned after the Gothic style of Paris Cathedral, and measures 64.5 meters in length, 20.5 meters in width, and 31.5 meters in height. The structures main appearance projects a western influence, but its main interiors boasts of a design and decorations that are purely Vietnamese.
Bat Trang Pottery Village
As a village, Bat Trang boasts of a history that is now seven centuries long. The village is located in an area that is naturally rich in clay that is used in making fine ceramics. Bat Trang’s ceramic products have been a favorite among the Chinese, Japanese, and Western traders during the 15th to 17th century. the Nguyen dynasty of the 18th and 19th century, however, restricted trade with other countries, gradually affecting the pottery makers from Bat Trang and other villages. It was only in 1986 that this native trade has seen a revival, thanks to economic reforms and developments.
Hanoi Opera House
Another structure of Hanoi which dates back to its more recent historical timeline, the Hanoi Opera House is one of the city’s most famous architectural and cultural landmark. It was built from 1901 to 1911, modeled after Palais Garnier in Paris. Standing at the famous August Revolution Square, the Hanoi Opera House is an emblem of European architectural influence of the Renaissance age, characterized with Italian marble floors. The ceiling is decorated with exquisite French murals and accented with copper chandeliers. Hanoi Opera House is today a usual venue in Hanoi for national and international art shows, dance performances, and concerts.