Top 5 Hanoi Attractions

Top 5 Hanoi Attractions

City: Hanoi
State: Hanoi Capital Region
Country: Vietnam

The 2nd largest city, as well as the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has a long history, having being ruled previously by the Chinese, the French, and the Japanese, before achieving independence. Hanoi has the most cultural and historical sites in Vietnam, and these are relatively well preserved. As an urban metropolis, the city is noticeably lacking in biodiversity or natural scenery.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Hanoi, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Museum Of The Vietnamese Revolution


As a rather unique attraction in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Museum Of The Vietnamese Revolution covers the struggles of the Vietnamese people against the French and the Americans. With 30 galleries housing over 40,000 historical artifacts and exhibits, including weapons, propaganda posters, and everyday utensils, the museum appears disorganised without a linear storyline to follow, though this helps blunt the emotional trauma of war. It's housed in a unique colonial style building which blends French architecture with Vietnamese architecture.

2. Vietnamese Women's Museum

Paying tribute to the women of Vietnam across the ages, the Vietnamese Women's Museum in the Old Quarters of Hanoi features over 28,000 objects related to Vietnamese women, spread across 3 permanent galleries. The 'Women In Family' gallery tells the story of traditional family rituals, the 'Women In History' gallery showcases notable ladies, while the 'Women's Fashion' gallery displays the diverse fashion of the 54 ethnic groups of the country. Also notable here are the thematic special exhibitions which focus on modern day issues such as single mothers, or women participation in ASEAN.

3. Hoan Kiem Lake

As a popular scenic location amongst locals of Hanoi, Vietnam, the Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake Of The Restored Sword / Sword Lake, is a focal point for the community and public life. Located here is the photogenic Turtle Tower / Tortoise Tower, the wooden red-painted Thê Húc Bridge, and the Temple Of The Jade Mountain. Large soft shell turtles can be spotted swimming in the lake, and locals often people watch, exercise, or go for long, relaxing strolls here.

4. Keangnam Landmark 72 Tower

Built by a South Korean conglomerate, the Keangnam Landmark 72 Tower is a supertall skyscraper near the outskirts of Hanoi, housing major international companies, a shopping mall, serviced apartments, and a hotel. The 72-story office and hotel tower, with a height of 350 meters, is not only the tallest building in Vietnam, but the tallest in the Indochina Peninsula. Besides the view from the hotel / observatory on the highest floors, there is also an interactive trick art gallery, an exhibition of the building's history and construction, and a 5D theatre here.

5. Museum Of Ethnology

Vietnam is multi-ethnic, with 54 ethnic groups living across the country. To preserve this rich heritage and showcase their way of life, the Museum Of Ethnology in Hanoi was established in 1997. Considered one of the finest tourist attractions here, the 9 permanent indoor galleries with over 15,000 artifacts are housed within a building designed in the shape of a Dong Son drum. But the spacious grounds are also home to an outdoor exhibition area, which features life-size, authentic, traditional ethnic houses from all over the country, in their own unique architectural style.