Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda: A Buddhist Lotus Pedestal in Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda, otherwise known as the Lotus Pedestal at Dien Huu Pagoda, dates to the second Ly King. Discover why it’s shaped like a lotus and built in a pond dedicated to Guan Yin. A visit to this tranquil pagoda is also a chance to see a Bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya.
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Hanoi

Hanoi Old Quarter: A Charming Historian of Trades

Hanoi Old Quarter used to be the urban hub and trade center of the feudal capital before Hanoi. Stroll around architectural charms while shopping at stores or in markets. There are specialty streets for beer, coffee, jewelry, or stop by the popular water puppet theatre.
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Hanoi

West Lake: Tranquility Amid Temples and Pagodas

West Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Hanoi with a most tranquil atmosphere. While strolling around, visit a mythical princess at Tay Ho Temple, or the God of the North Star at Quan Thanh Temple. But first, read about the fox and buffalo and other names for the lake.
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Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda: The Oldest Sacred Ground in Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest Buddhist site in Hanoi dating to 541 CE. It maintains the principles of Buddhist architecture despite many restorations. The famed Lotus Tower makes it one of the most picturesque pagodas in the world. Its Banyan Tree was gifted from Bodh Gaya.
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Hanoi

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: Vestiges of a Bygone Hanoi

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are the historic remains of early Hanoi. Travel through vestiges of time and 1 300 years from the foundations of Vietnam, to the Le Dynasty, and a modern day Defense HQ. Sites include citadel gates, Hanoi Flag Tower, and archeological digs.
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Ninh Binh

Mua Cave and Tam Coc - Bich Dong Tourist Area

Mua Cave is the place you need to be for fantastic views of Tam Coc – Bich Dong. This trilling hike is a Tran Dynasty experience of mythical landscapes not to be missed. Discover the past at Vu Lam Palace, explore nature in Thung Nham Bird Garden, or delight in Galaxy Cave.
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Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake: An Iconic Legend of Hanoi

Turtles are legendary in Vietnam. One story involves Hoan Kiem Lake also known as Lake of the Returned Sword. Find out why and discover the history of Hoan Kiem back to the 15th century. Visit Ngoc Son Temple and Huc Bridge, or take part in fun activities with locals.
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