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Hanoi is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River. The total area of Hanoi increased to 334,470 hectares divided into 29 subdivisions with the new population being 6,232,940.

Hanoi Presidential Palace  »

Hanoi Presidential Palace
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Presidential Palace in Hanoi is a three-storey structure located on the north of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Presidential Palace stands as a memento of French contribution to the architectural splendor in Indochina. This mustard-yellow palace was built from 1900 to 1906 to function as the living and operational bases of the governors-general of Indo-China. Located on Hung Vuong Street and Hoang Van Thu Street, the designs of this palace were conceived by Auguste Henri Vildieu, the French architect officially appointed for Vietnam.

Hanoi Temple of Literature  ( Van Mieu ) »

Hanoi Temple of Literature
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Located in Pho Van Mieu i.e. at the corner of Pho Quoc Tu Giam in Hanoi, Temple of Literature was built in 1070 so that academicians and literary men can be felicitated. In 1076 Vietnam first university was established within the temple to educate Vietnams bureaucrats, nobles, royalty and members of the elite. The Temple of Literature displays ancient Vietnamese architecture. There are five courtyards to denote five essential elements of Nature.

Halong Bay  »

Halong Bay
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Halong Bay is recognized as the World Natural Heritage that is the area of 434 sq. km with 775 islands. It looks like a giant triangle. The nearby area is the buffer area and areas classified as national beauty spots in 1962 by the Ministry of Culture and Information. Haong Bay is home to great biodiversity with typical eco-systems like mangrove forest, coral and tropical forest. It is also home to thousands of plants and animals of numerous species, for example shrimp, fish and squid. Some species are particularly rare and can be found no where else. With such special values, at the 18th Session of UNESCO Council of World Heritage held on 17 December 1994 in Thailand, Halong Bay was officially placed on the list of the World Natural Heritage. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as the World Heritage for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values. This confirms the global premier value of Halong Bay.

Hoi An  »

Hoi An
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The town is home to some 88,000 people and even though it is small it attracts many tourists, also being a well established place on the backpacker trail. Hoi An is full of shops selling artwork, from lifelike memorial family portraits, to stylized images of Hoi An houses and streets. Tourists are often being lured into the markets to buy silk and to have quality garments tailor made. Another noticeable quality of Hoi An is its relative silence. Now it has become a tourist haven, the artistic atmosphere and local friendly people create an inviting environment.

Khai Dinh Tomb  »

Khai Dinh Tomb
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The tomb is located 10km from Hue and represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence. The construction of the tomb began in 1920 and lasted for 11 years, completing in 1931. The architecture of the tomb incorporates many finer points of European architectural style and is almost entirely made of concrete. Though Khai Dinh Tomb is much smaller compared to those of the preceding emperors, what it lacks in size is more than made up by the intricate architectural detailing that has gone in the construction of the tomb, intermingling many architectural trends: Asian and European as well as modern and ancient.

One Pillar Pagoda  ( Chua Mot Cot ) »

One Pillar Pagoda
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One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the capital of Vietnam. It was built originally in 1049 during the Ly dynasty. Located in Ngoc Ha in Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, this pagoda is located on the west side of the original capital of Thang Long. The present form of One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi was built in 1955 when the pagoda was refurbished with a concrete pillar from its remnants by the Vietnamese government. The present structure can be just called the replica of the original pagoda, which was a large building. Locals believe that if you pray in this pagoda, it will invoke well-being and fertility. You are also advised to wear full-length clothes as you visit this place.

Chua Quoc Pagoda  »

Chua Quoc Pagoda
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Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi was supposedly founded 1,400 years ago by King Ly Nam De with the name Khai Quoc (National Founder). At first it was built outside the Yen Phu Dyke and the move to West Lake. Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi was then named Khai Quoc, meaning founding the country. It has been named An Quoc, Tran Quoc and Tran Bac. With architecture harmonious with nature, the pagoda complements the beautiful scenery around the lake. One of the present statues inside Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi was fashioned in 1639. The existing building of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi originated from the last repair work done in 1815, including the triple gate, the main pagoda, the sitting room, the ancestral worshipping chamber the garden tower.

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