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Bat Trang - Chu Dong Tu Temple tour
Bat Trang Pottery Village and Chu Dong Tu are some of the must-visit spots when traveling to Hanoi. This tour will not only take you to these locations, but also give you a learning experience aboyut the legend of Saint Chu Dong Tu and the traditional profession of pottery-making of Vietnamese people. At 7AM, you will be picked up at the rendezvous to get to Chu Dong Tu Temple to participate in an incense offering ceremony and visit Da Trach temple where Saint Chu Dong Tu ascend to heaven. Then, you will be taken to Bat Trang Pottery Village and have lunch as well as rest at a nearby restaurant. The artisans of Bat Trang will then introduce the pottery making process and you will be guided through pottery workshops and the Bat Trang commercial center.
Learn interesting folk tales at Giong Co Loa Temple
Giong Temple is located in Soc Son, Hanoi outskirts. This day tour will take you to Giong Temple, Co Loa, where you will learn more about the legend of Saint Giong. The tour schedule is rather simple, suitable for various audiences. The Giong Co Loa tour starts at 7.30 AM and ends at 4 PM.
Ethnic Culture Village Tour
The Ethnic Culture Village Day Tour is a valuable opportunity to learn more about the traditional heritages of 54 ethnic groups across Vietnam. This experience is one of a kind. In one day, the group will visit, explore and engage in various activities. In the morning, the bus will take you to Dong Mo, where the tourists are guided through 6 villages representing ethnic groups of Vietnam, then rest for lunch for 1.5 hours. After this, the crew then move to ASEAN resort, a resort with a vast grass field where visitors can try the exciting game of grass surfing.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Address: No. 8 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
Uncle Ho's Mausoleum is one of the most famous and important tourist destination of the capital city. The Mausoleum is the place where the body of the great President Ho Chi Minh is located. Visitors to the Mausoleum will have the opportunity to visit his body and listen to stories about the great leader of the Vietnamese poeple. The Mausoleum's construction started on September 2, 1973, at the spot where the stage of Ba Dinh Square used to be - where President Ho Chi Minh used for important meetings.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Address: No. 46 Thanh Nien Street, Tay Ho , Hanoi.
Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on an island to the east of West Lake. The Pagoda is one of the oldest pagoda in Hanoi, with a near 1500-year long history. Tran Quoc Pagoda's architecture is a harmonious fusion of majesty and timeless beauty with an elegant landscape amidst a vast lake. This was the center of Buddhism during the Ly and Tran dynasties. With all its historical and architectual values, Tran Quoc Pagoda is known for being the must-go destination for many followers of Buddhism as well as tourists from Vietnam and other countries.
Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam
Address: No.58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da, Hanoi.
Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) - Quoc Tu Giam is a relics complex located in the south of Imperial City of Thang Long (present day center of Hanoi). The architectual complex consists of: Van lake, Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam area and Giam garden, whose highlight is Quoc Tu Giam - the first university of Vietnam. The complex is surrounded by brick walls and the interior is divided into 5 layers with different styles of architecture. Each layer is limited by brick walls and 3 doors. From outside to inside, the gates are as follows: Van Mieu, Dai Trung, Khue Van Cac, Dai Thanh and Thai Hoc gates.
Hanoi Old Quarters
Address: Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Hanoi Old Quarters is the name of an old urban area of Hanoi that was located outside of the Imperial City of Thang Long (present day Hanoi). The old quarters are the hotspot for artisan goods and other handicraft trade activities. Nowadays, the old quarteres are an attractive destination for those who want to learn more about the capital city in the past. The area is also called "36 streets of Hanoi" because of the way the streets are divided based on the goods that are sold on each street of the area.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Address: Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Nom: 湖還劍 or 還劍湖) also known as Ho Guom is a natural freshwater lake located in the center of Hanoi. The lake is 12 hectares wide. In the past, it was also called Luc Thuy Lake (Green Water Lake), Thuy Quan Lake (as it was used for naval training), Ta Vong and Huu Vong Lake (in the Le Mat Dynasty). The name Hoan Kiem originated in the 15th century with the legend of king Le Loi returning a magical sword to the Tortoise God. According to legend, in a trip in the lake, king Le Thai To (Le Loi) saw a gold tortoise emerging from the lake and demanded him to return the magical sword that the Dragon King gave him to fight off the Ming invaders. The king then returned the sword to the tortoise and it submerged into the lake. Since then, the lake has been known as Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Returning Lake).