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Places You Must Visit In Hanoi Vietnam
Hà Nội (Hanoi) is Vietnam's capital and second largest city by population (7.7 million in 2015). The city mostly lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City and 120 km (75 mi) west of Haiphong.

Hanoi is sometimes dubbed the "Paris of the East" for its French influences. With its tree-fringed boulevards, more than two dozen lakes and thousands of French colonial-era buildings, Hanoi is a popular tourist destination.

The tourist destinations in Hanoi are generally grouped into two main areas: the Old Quarter and the French Quarter(s). The "Old Quarter" is in the northern half of Hoàn Kiếm District with small street blocks and alleys, and a traditional Vietnamese atmosphere. Many streets in the Old Quarter have names signifying the goods ("Hàng") the local merchants were or are specialized in. For example, "Hàng Bạc" (silver stores) still have many stores specializing in trading silver and jewelries.

Two areas are generally called the "French Quarters": the governmental area in Ba Đình District and the south of Hoàn Kiếm District. Both areas have distinctive French Colonial style villas and broad tree-lined avenues. The political center of Vietnam, Ba Đình has a high concentration of Vietnamese government headquarters, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly and several ministries and embassies, most of which used administrative buildings of colonial French Indochina. The One Pillar Pagoda, the Lycée du Protectorat and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are also in Ba Dinh. South of Hoàn Kiếm's "French Quarter" has several French-Colonial landmarks, including the Hanoi Opera House, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, the National Museum of Vietnamese History (formerly the École française d'Extrême-Orient), and the St. Joseph's Cathedral. Most of the French-Colonial buildings in Hoan Kiem are now used as foreign embassies.

Since 2014, Hanoi has consistently been voted in the world's top ten destinations by TripAdvisor. It ranked 8th in 2014, 4th in 2015 and 8th in 2016. Hanoi is the most affordable international destination in TripAdvisor's annual TripIndex report.

Hanoi has a lot to offer, with its age-old architectural facades and carefully preserved museums that give you an account of what all the city has been through in the 1,000 years of its existence.
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1. Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám (Temple of Literature)
Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the Imperial Academy (Quốc Tử Giám), Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Lý Thánh Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The temple is located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long.

2. Hoàng thành Thăng Long (Imperial Citadel of Thang Long)
This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, this Imperial Citadel has a rich history associated with it. This site served as the political centre of the country for as many as 13 consecutive centuries and was the capital of the country for eight centuries. Relics spanning between the 6th and 20th centuries have also been found on this site, and you are sure to be in awe when you stand there and look around this seat of history.

3. Water Puppet Theatre (Nhà hát múa rối nước)
An interesting and unique concept, the puppet shows in Vietnam are performed over a liquid stage. The Thang Long Puppet Theatre is the most famous one in the country and the entire show, with perfect lighting and reflections of the puppets on the water, will be something you will cherish forever.

4. The Hanoi Opera House (Nhà hát Lớn Hà Nội)
The Hanoi Opera House, or the Grand Opera House is an opera house in central Hanoi, Vietnam. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911.

. Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural (Con đường gốm sứ)
Ceramic Road is a ceramic mosaic mural along the walls of the Red River dike system in the city of Hanoi, northern Vietnam.
With a length of about 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi), the 'Ceramic Road' is one of the major projects that were developed on the occasion of the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi.

6. Hoan Kiem Lake (Hồ Hoàn Kiếm)
A popular destination for tourists, this lake is extremely serene and pristine. The centre of the lake has the Ngoc Son Temple that is linked to the edge by a bridge. The aesthetic beauty of the lake is something you are sure to appreciate.

7. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh)
"Uncle Ho" - the great Vietnamese leader, is preserved and his body on display at this centre. It is generally frequented by locals and tourists all year long.

8. National Museum of Vietnamese History (Bảo tàng lịch sử quốc gia Việt Nam)
An architectural delight, this museum was built by Ernest Hebrard and used the best of Chinese and French designs. The things on display at the museum will guide you through the history of the country.

9. Bach Ma Temple (Đền Bạch Mã)
Đền Bạch Mã mean "White Horse, built by emperor Ly Thai To in the 11th century, this temple is the oldest temple in the city. The unique white horse that you will see in the temple has an interesting legacy to it. It also contains a shrine to Confucius, which was a later addition in the year 1839.

10. Lotte Tower Observation Deck (Tháp Lotte Tower)
A recent addition to the tourist attractions of the city, the Lotte Tower Observation Deck gives you a full view of the city of Hanoi from its 65th floor.

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