Hanoi Vietnam

Vietnam Museum of Revolution Statue and Artillery

Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution

HANOI, Vietnam – Unsurprisingly, Vietnam takes its revolutionary foundations very much to heart. They’re shown off and commemorated in the national Revolution Museum in central Hanoi.

Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Elephant Statue

Quan Thanh Temple

HANOI, Vietnam — Quan Thanh Temple in the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi next to the southeastern corner of West Lake is a Taoist temple that dates back to the 11th century.

Hanoi's Turtle Tower and Island on Hoan Kiem Lake Reflection

Hoan Kiem Lake, Home of Hanoi’s Giant Turtle

HANOI, Vietnam — Hoan Kiem Lake (also known as Sword Lake, Ho Guom, or Lake of the Returned Sword) is at the very heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and a cultural heart of the city. And it’s rather beautiful.

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Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda

HANOI, Vietnam — Despite it being a replica of what was once a thousand-year-old pagoda, the One Pillar Pagoda is today considered one of Vietnam’s most iconic Buddhist temples.

Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Monk Praying

Hanoi’s Oldest Pagoda

HANOI, Vietnam — At 1400 years old, Tran Quoc Pagoda, in a picturesque spot on a small island in Hanoi’s West Lake, is the city’s oldest temple. And while small, it’s quite beautiful.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Guards at entrance

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

HANOI, Vietnam — Even Uncle Ho needs a holiday. Even while he’s away on his annual autumn sojourn in Moscow, his mausoleum in downtown Hanoi still gets the royal treatment.

Photo of West Lake (Ho Tay) Fisherman on Floating Platform

The Lakes of Hanoi

HANOI, Vietnam — Hanoi has many lakes. They provide a respite from the crushing traffic and incessant bustle in other parts of the city.

Hoa Lo Prison Hanoi Hilton Conditions

The Hanoi Hilton

HANOI, Vietnam — This is not a place of sweetness and light. Hoa Lo Prison, better known in the west as “the Hanoi Hilton,” was first a French colonial jail for Vietnamese political prisoners and later used during the Vietnam War for American pilots held as prisoners of war. And it’s a place with an especially grim history.