Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam with history of over 1,000 years old. With the vicissitude of Vietnam, Hanoi has taken into itself huge cultural influences from the East and the West. The blend of culture is the special draw card that attracts a large number of foreign visitors to travel to Hanoi every year.

Old Quarter of Hanoi Vietnam
The Old Quarter of Hanoi Vietnam

 Let us start our tour of Hanoi with a visit to the Thang Long Citadel which was first built by King Ly Thai To (Ly Cong Uan) in 1010 A.D. The citadel faces south and the Flag Tower was at the front of the complex. Nowadays, the Flag Tower is in the yard of the Army Museum of Vietnam. Visiting the Flag Tower, you'll also have a good look into the Vietnamese Army history and the wars that ravaged the country for thousands of years.

The Flag Tower of Hanoi Citadel
The Flag Tower of Hanoi Citadel

 Leaving the Flag Tower, we'll head north along Hoang Dieu Street for visiting the citadel. After the entrance for visitors, you'll see a huge yard in front of the South Gate of the Citadel (Doan Mon). Passing through Doan Mon, you'll be in the Purple Forbidden City of the Royal Citadel earlier. A visit to Thang Long should take from 1 to 2 hours.

Thang Long Citadel
Thang Long Citadel

 

The The Huc Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
The The Huc Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

 

The Turtle Tower, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
The Turtle Tower, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi