Famous places in Hanoi
Here is a short list of interesting places you should visit in Hanoi.
1. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. The Museum strives to give a better understanding of each 54 different ethnic group in Vietnam, and does so quite elegantly. It is widely believed to be the best of all the modern museums in Vietnam.
2. Water puppetry. A famous and over 1000 years old form of art in Vietnam. In traditional show farmers perform and tell stories about their everyday life, celebrations and beliefs. A water puppet show is a combination of skilful handwork, traditional music and exciting scenes.
At Museum of Ethnology there are daily shows of traditional water puppetry. Farmers from different parts of Northern Vietnam arrive to perform to Hanoi for three months. Until the end of this year you can see the show with really generous discounts when the cheapest tickets cost just one dollar.
3. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Mausoleum is a famous sight and landmark in Hanoi. It is a monumental marble edifice and set deep in the bowels of the building in a glass sarcophagus is the body of Ho Chi Minh. Despite long queuing it’s worth of visiting and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the changing of the guard outside Ho’s mausoleum.
4. Long Bien market. If you want to leave touristic places for a while then you can head to the local market. They can be crowded as well but it’s a whole different world than attractions and shows you a piece of local’s lives. The market is huge and you can buy there anything but prepare to barging the prices.
5. The Hoa Lo Prison, sarcastically coined the Hanoi Hilton by American POWs, was originally built by the French to house Vietnamese political prisoners. The North Vietnamese Army later used the prison to house prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Two thirds of the prison was torn down to make way for the Hanoi Towers; the rest was turned into a museum and is now a popular tourist attraction in Hanoi.