There are many interesting things to discover about Vietnamese culture in Hanoi. The deeply calming vibe of Hanoi attracts many tourists. Every time you visit the city, you will find that each gentle street leaves you with fond memories.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. Apart from famous cultural and handicraft villages, Hanoi’s culture also finds reflection in folk performances and extremely good food. We recommend some of the top attractions for a Vietnamese cultural tour in Hanoi.
Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. The building is well preserved with superb examples of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture. This ancient site boasts the Well of Heavenly Clarity, turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by the royalty. Also, there are historical buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties.
The Perfume Pagoda
The Perfume Pagoda, known locally as Chua Huong or ‘Inner Temple’, is at the centre of a very revered and sacred site. It features a maze of mainly Buddhist temples built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich. In the heart of this complex lies the Perfume Temple or Perfume Pagoda. Interestingly, the entrance to the vast and mysterious Perfume Pagoda and Huong Tich Cave resembles a dragon’s open mouth.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Turtle Lake)
Hoan Kiem Lake (Turtle Lake) is a central feature of Hanoi, popular as a hangout spot among locals and tourists. Ngoc Son Temple sits on a small island in the centre of a lake providing a beautiful background for clicking photos. Around sunset, this area becomes especially busy with joggers and couples enjoying relaxing views across the lake.
Water Puppet Theatre
The ancient art form of water puppetry has a long association with Hanoi. Thang Long Puppet Theatre is one of the several theatres where guests can enjoy Vietnam’s unique take on Asia’s puppet tradition. It is the original and one of the best theatres in town. Puppets dance and slide elegantly over the liquid stage, controlled by a whole troupe of puppeteers hiding behind a screen.