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Hanoi Museums & Attractions


  • Bao Tang My Thuat is a tri-level art museum featuring historic and contemporary art work from Hanoi and the surrounding area.
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum is a mausoleum featuring informative displays about the famous Ho Chi Minh.
  • Hoa Lo Prison is a Vietnam Memorial site which is housed in an old jail used during that time for prisoners of war.  Much of the architecture of the building has been destroyed over time but the historical museum housed in the remaining building is worth seeing for visitors interested in the historical impact of American forces in Hanoi.
  • Museum of Ethnology is an option for exploring the people of Hanoi.
  • Van Mieu also known as the Temple of Literature, is the site of the first university in the area. It is a historical museum focusing on the education of the area as well as the architecture used at the time of its construction.
  • Vietnamese Air Force Museum offers visitors interested in the air force a unique perspective on the influence of the Vietnamese Air Force on the area.


  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, traditional Vietnamese water puppet shows, with several performances every day.
  • The Old Quarter can consume hours of your time – each of the streets used to be dedicated to a particular product, and this is reflected in the names of the streets (“Hang” meaning “Merchandise”).  One road specialised in silk, another in herbs, another in “ghost money” and so on.  The specialism is no longer so marked.
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