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Besides the beautiful landscapes and delicious specialties, Hanoi entertainment places are always of great interest to domestic and foreign tourists. Do you know about the places to play in Hanoi at night as well as during the day? If not, let’s join Lily’s Travel to discover the TOP 40 stunning and attractive Hanoi attractions below!

Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Source: Internet

Ba Dinh Square is one of the famous Hanoi attractions that any visitor should visit once. This place is like the heart of the Capital because it is the place to store the body of the great leader “Ho Chi Minh”. If you intend to visit Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, you should dress appropriately and not bring any recording equipment to pay your respects. And should only visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday morning because Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum is only open on those days.

When you step into Ba Dinh Square, you will feel solemnity next to the idyllic bamboo and green grass landscape because this place is not only the largest square in Vietnam but also the country’s political center with the National Assembly building, Ho Chi Minh Museum… If you love great historic architecture, take advantage of the Hanoi playground called Ba Dinh Square!

  • Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. 

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam
Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam – Source: Internet

If you name the most ancient places to visit in Hanoi, perhaps everyone immediately thinks of the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam. This is an ancient cultural architectural complex unique in the land of a thousand years of civilization. The Temple of Literature is considered a symbol of knowledge and noble education in feudal Vietnam. This is also a place to worship the Saints, Confucian masters, and Chu Van An.

  • Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 16:30

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Hanoi Cathedral

Hanoi Cathedral
Hanoi Cathedral – Source: Internet

Visitors should visit This sacred and long-standing place in Hanoi once. Hanoi Cathedral was built at the end of the nineteenth century in the French colonial period, so it has an ancient and nostalgic style. The scenery here is exceptionally airy and because it is a sacred place, it is hushed and pleasant. Because of these advantages, the Hanoi cathedral has become a fun place for Hanoi to attract a large number of tourists near and far.

  • Address: 40 Common House, Hoan Kiem

Read more: Hanoi Vietnam tourist spots: TOP 19 places for you to fully understand Hanoi (Part 2)

Sword Lake – a favorite place to play in Hanoi for all ages

Sword Lake
Sword Lake – Source: Internet

If you have ever read the story of “Sword Lake”, then surely when you come to Hanoi, you will want to visit this place right away. Sword Lake, also known as Hoan Kiem Lake, has nature and charming rivers surrounded by incredibly poetic water. Besides, the lake is also associated with unique ancient architecture such as Turtle Tower, The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple,etc. When you come to this Hanoi entertainment place during the day, you will think that you are lost in the palace, and in the evening, the scenery is even more splendid, making all hearts sob.

  • Address: Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem

West Lake – Romantic nightlife in Hanoi

West Lake
West Lake – Source: Internet

West Lake is a fun place in Hanoi. It offers various services, from shopping and attractive dining to exciting entertainment such as cycling, canoeing, kite flying,etc. The landscape here is very airy, thanks to the topography of the four rivers and the shade of trees. West Lake has a vast area, bringing a pleasant feeling, so many local people and tourists visit it. The Korean Wharf here is also a romantic nightlife destination for couples because of the warm atmosphere and lyrical scenery.

  • Address: Tay Ho, Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison – Source: Internet

Hoa Lo Prison, also known as “Maison Centrale”, is a place to hold Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers against the colonial regime. This place was built in the French colonial period (1986), with the most solid architecture in Indochina then. Today, Hoa Lo Prison has become a historical relic loved and visited by many tourists. Because this place still preserves all the precious documents and great historical relics. If you have seen the land of a thousand years of civilization, take advantage of the meaningful Hanoi playground called Hoa Lo Prison!

  • Address: 1 Hoa Lo, Hoan Kiem

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda – one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi,  is located on a peninsula south of the West Lake and it was once the Buddhist center of Thang Long citadel in the Ly – Tran dynasty. Therefore, Tran Quoc Pagoda is historically significant to Buddhists and has a unique “one-of-a-kind” architecture.

Tran Quoc Pagoda is an ancient religious architectural work located in the heart of Hanoi Capital. In early 2017, Tran Quoc Pagoda was voted by the Daily Mail (UK) into the list of 16 most beautiful temples in the world. Visit this sacred Hanoi place to see the classic beauty with your own eyes. Tran Quoc pagoda’s tranquility and the poetic nature around!

  • Address: Thanh Nien Street, Tay Ho

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda – Source: Internet

One Pillar Pagoda is one of the symbols of Hanoi Capital, with highly unique and aesthetically pleasing architecture. Besides its spiritual significance, One Pillar Pagoda is a work imbued with historical and cultural values because it was built in 1049 under the Ly Dynasty. The decorative patterns inside and outside the pagoda are meticulously sculpted and painted with national identity. Therefore, despite the very modest area, this Hanoi entertainment venue is exceptionally prominent, attracting many tourists near and far to visit.

  • Address: Doi Can, Ba Dinh

Hanoi Old Quarter

When it comes to the famous Hanoi entertainment place, you will immediately think of 36 streets with ancient, simple streets that are always busy and strangely bustling. Each street here sells and displays a specific type of item. And just wandering in this old town for a moment, you can enjoy famous Hanoi specialties such as La Vong fish rolls, La Vong fish rolls, Bat Dan pho,etc. Besides, you also learn a lot about Trang An’s culture, life and people here.

  • Address: Hang Ngang, Hoan Kiem

Old Quarter Night Market – Hanoi entertainment place at night

If you have had the opportunity to visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, please stay a bit to be able to participate in the bustling afternoon atmosphere of the Night Market here. The old town night market usually meets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night throughout the 36 streets here. The old town night market attracts a large number of visitors because of the bustling atmosphere and the variety of goods at affordable prices. And if you have ever participated in this market, you will affirm that this is a very interesting place to play in Hanoi at night.

  • Address: The Old Quarter Night Market occurs in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter every weekend.

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