Tourist Attractions in the north of Vietnam
If you ask the people in the western world to Asia as a destination, fall most far rather Thailand or China as a top destinations for Asia, which many probably are not aware that Vietnam, the country with its rice fields, located between the People’s Republic China and Thailand, has much more to offer tourists. I have taken a Hue tour. Vietnam is characterized by its beautiful scenery, friendliness of the population and the numerous sites, distributed throughout the country, especially from and can be passed as compared to other Asian countries as a secret. To give you an overview of the main attractions in Vietnam, we have the following, the most beautiful but also the most important sights and attractions of the Southeast Asian country in three categories (points North Vietnam – Attractions Central Vietnam – Attractions South Vietnam) listed and each short described.
Attractions in North Vietnam
The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) is the oldest National Academy of Vietnam, Quoc Tu Giam, which was more than 800 years, the Center for Confucian education. This Confucius Temple was regarded as a model in the Chinese Qufu, the birthplace of the scholar. The importance of literature temple leads to the King Ly Thanh Tong, who in 1070 this temple in honor of Confucius and his students had built. His successor, Ly Nhan Tong was the temple extend six years later and concluded that the National Academy of. Initially, the Academy was only accessible to male offspring of the royal clan, then could also study sons of the aristocratic families here. From 1428 it was possible that even successful graduates of the Regional Academies are expected to review here. In the Quoc Tu Giam – Academy maximum of 300 students were included, who lived here and studied around three years. The students put a three-day exam finally, if they pass the very severe test, they get the coveted doctorate. However, it managed to very few. The final test was held here in the year 1915th
The Presidential Palace is located north of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi capital. The palace was built according to the plans of the German architect 1900-1906 and was until 1954 as the official residence of the French Generalgourverneuren. The presidential palace itself was never purchased from Ho Chi Minh. He even drew a simple life before in an erected on piles wooden house to show his people that he could overcome the difficult life with them. Today, visitors can visit the garden and the wooden house. The presidential palace itself is not open to visitors. Visiting hours for the Ho Chi Minh residence are from April to October daily 7:30 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from November to March daily 8:00 to 11:00 and 13:30 to 16:00. Admission: 15,000 VND.
The Hanoi Cathedral (St. Joseph’s Cathedral) is located in the Nha Tho street right in the center of Hanoi. Here the Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi is headquartered. The cathedral was built on the initiative of the active missionary Bishop Paul Francois Puginier and inaugurated at Christmas in 1886 after five years of construction. It is specially for European visitors to be a highlight, as most of an environment of Buddhist thinking country like Vietnam expect any cathedral in the center of the capital.
The Kim Lien Pagoda (Chua Kiem Lien) is located on the north side of the West Lake. The sanctuary to have been built in the 12th centuries instead of a palace of Princess Tu Hoa. (. Reg 1128-1138) Here also the daughter of the mighty King Ly Than Tong had a farm silkworms. The pagoda is not only sacred to the Vietnamese but also reflects the same time also the masterpiece of Buddhist architecture resist.
The Ngoc Son Temple (Den Ngoc Son) is located on the Jade Mountain Island behind numerous old trees. The Jade Mountain Temple was built in 1865 and repeatedly renovated. (1228 – 1300) Here are the three Taoist gods, Quan Cong, the red-faced General with his red horse, La To, the god of healers and Van Xuong, the patron god of the literati and the general and national hero Tran Hung Dao are worshiped.
The One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) is located directly behind the mausoleum. Chua Mot Cot is the most famous pagodas in Hanoi thanks to his origin story. The narration by the King Ly Thai Long dreamed one night of the Goddess of Mercy. She sat on a lotus flower and handed him against youth. Since the second Ly rulers so much wanted a son and saw that dream as a reason for it. Shortly after his wife gave birth to a son. To the Goddess of Mercy express his thanks, he read in 1049 to build a pagoda in the form of a lotus flower. Since then, the Vietnamese regularly come here to worship the Goddess of Mercy (Quan Am).
The Quan Su Pagoda (Ambassador Pagoda) is located on the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet / Quan Su. Here the union Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (Giao Hoi Phat Giao Viet Nam) is headquartered. In this union now sitting almost all the country’s Buddhist institutions. The Quan Su Pagoda was built in the 15th centuries, to facilitate delegates from Buddhist countries to practice their religion.
The mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (Lang Chu Tich Ho Chi Minh) is located not far from the center of Hanoi. Here lies who died on September 2, 1969, sovereign since the glass in a sarcophagus and is constantly guarded by soldiers. According to his will, he should be burned and scattered his ashes over the country. But the leaders see it differently and so his last will he was denied. In Mausoleum is the Visitors not reimbursed to take bags and photograph. Additional points of interest and attractions in Hanoi are:
- The Tran Quoc Pagoda
- The Quan Thanh Temple
- The Hanoi flag tower
- Historic site of Co Loa
- The Military Museum
- The Ho Chi Minh Museum
- The Revolution Museum
- The Museum of History of Vietnam
- The Museum of Ethnology Vietnam
- The Women’s Museum Vietnam
- The West Lake (Ho Tay)
- The Hoan Kiem Lake
- The Zoological Garden of Hanoi
- The north gate of the citadel
- The Ba Dinh Square
- Palais du Résident supérieur du Tonkin
- The Foreign Trade Bank
- The Ly-Thai-To-Park
- The Voi Phuc Temple
- The Lang Pagoda
- The Hoa Lo Prison
- The Hai Ba Trung Temple
- Halong Bay (Vinh Ha Long) is located in the province of Quang Ninh. When you visit North Vietnam, you should take the Halong Bay from this travel program.