Hanoi is the capital city of the country with over 1,000 years old of traditional culture. Hanoi is the cultural quintessence of the nation and has been an ideal destination for people, who are eager to know about the root.

Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake – a symbol of Hanoi capital

Hanoi is always a destination attracting a huge number of domestic and foreign visitors. Hanoi leads the country in the number of historical relics and is capable to develop cultural and spiritual and seminars. The city has four seasons of the year. In each season, Hanoi has new beautiful lookings.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – a historical relic in Hanoi

The city, the country’s political, economic and cultural centre, constantly develops. In 1999, Ha Noi was recognized as the “City for Peace” and “Green City”.

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter

Ancient streets are highlights of the capital city’s architecture and lifestyles. Houses in the streets were built as “tube houses” (small in width, but deep). Some of them have front doors in this street, but back doors in the other streets. The first word of those streets’ names is “Hang” and second word is names of kinds of goods they sell. Hang Dao is for cloth dying. Hang Duong is for confectionary and Hang Chieu for sleeping mats. There were 36 streets in Hanoi with 36 different kinds of goods, so Hanoi was called Hanoi with 36 streets.

Hang Ma street is colourful with mid-autumn traditional toys
Hang Ma street is colourful with mid-autumn traditional toys

Hanoi has many ancient temples and pagodas such as Mot Cot (One Pillar) Pagoda and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Bach Ma and Ngoc Son Temples have unique architectures and noteworthy are Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) and Quoc Tu Giam, the country’s first university. Visiting Hanoi, tourists will have opportunities to learn about the history of feudal dynasties with cultures and arts.

Ngoc Son Temples
Ngoc Son Temples
The Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature

Traditional craft villages in Hanoi are great attractions to visitors. Products of Bat Trang pottery village, Van Phuc silk village and Dong Ho painting village have been imbued with Hanoi tradition to pervade to the world.

Bat Trang Pottery Village
Bat Trang Pottery Village

Coming to Hanoi, visitors should not miss special dishes like Pho (rice noodle), La Vong grilled fish, Ho Tay (West Lake) crisp shrimp pastry.

Rice Noodles
Pho (Rice Noodles)