Hanoi is the national capital, also known as a “city for peace” which was granted by UNESCO in 1999. Today Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam. The city is well-known for a fascinating combination of East and West, Vietnamese and French styles.
Wonderful memories with wonderful friends
This was the first time Gavin and Rachael had been to Vietnam. They was very excited to go on a tour of the city to discover Hanoi historical sites. Below are some places of interest they visited.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral Hanoi
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, also known as Hanoi Grand Church, is one of the first structures built by the French. They built this church in 1886 with Neo-Gothic style resembling Notre Dame De Paris.
Uncle Ho’s House on stilts
This beautiful house reflect the spirit of Ho Chi Minh who loved to live in harmony of nature. He lived here from 1958 until his passing in 1968.
One Pillar Pagoda
This Buddhist temple is a historic-holy structure featuring an unique architecture. It was built in 1049 in the shape of lotus flower, one of Vietnam symbols.
Temple of Literature
This is not only a Confucius temple but also Vietnam’s first university opened in 11 century. The temple is one of the most popular places in Hanoi.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc is one of the oldest and most beautiful Buddhist temples in Vietnam.