Hanoi – the antique & dynamic capital of Vietnam

If ever being heard of Vietnam, with the popular S-shape or the dragon-shape, you may have known its significant land/capital – the “dragon-eye” site: Hanoi.

Ha Noi is the capital of Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This beautiful capital strategically lies at the center of the triangular basin of the Red River. Hanoi is now the country’s center of economy, politics, culture, and society.

Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, Hà Nội still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda (built in 1049), the Temple of Literature (built in 1070), Hà Nội Citadel, Hà Nội Opera House, President Hồ Chí Minh's Mausoleum, and so on.

Hà Nội also characteristically contains 18 beautiful lakes such as Hoàn Kiếm Lake, West Lake, and Trúc Bạch Lake, which are the lungs of the city, with their surrounding gardens and trees providing a vital source of energy.
Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hà Nội including bronze molding, silver carving, lacquer, and embroidery. Hà Nội has many famous traditional professional handicraft villages such as Bát Tràng pottery village, Ngũ Xã bronze casting village, Yên Thái glossy silk village.

Hoan Kiem Lake. Flickr/Thai Hoa TRAN
St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi. Flickr/Eustaquio Santimano

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Flickr/Carles

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Flickr/David
The Huc Bridge. Flickr/Butch Osborne
Hoan Kiem Lake. Flickr/Eric Lafforgue

Tran Quoc pagoda.Flickr/brongaeh

Entrance to the Temple of Literature. Flickr/Butch Osborne
Hanoi Temple. Flickr/Sebastien LABAN

Hanoi's Panorama. Flickr/tu_geo

Hanoi by night Flickr/Sam Antonio Photography
Hanoi Hustle. Flickr/Sam Antonio Photography
Flickr/Un fotografo italiano
Hanoi by night.Flickr/Grant Cameron

Hanoi traffic. Flickr/Roland Wich
Missed the first bus (On Pham Van Dong street). Flickr/Marco Sarli

Colorful Hanoi. Flickr/Alex Stoen
A little hanoi. Flickr/Frozen Flame
Taken from the top of the Sofitel Plaza. Flickr/Aloïs Peiffer
Hanoi at night.Flickr/nicole

Flickr/Beo Beo

On Hai Ba Trung Street. Flickr/Marco Sarli

Flickr/Py All

Downtown hanoi, vietnam on any given day. more bicycles than scooters. Flickr/Cory.Lum

Flickr/Marco Sarli


Flickr/Zeke Mermell

West Lake. Flickr/Asiacamera
Zoo Park in Hanoi. Flickr/Asiacamera
Hanoi Corner.Flickr/Nguyen Quang Minh

Hanoi corner building. Flickr/david pham

Mist on the Westlake. Flickr/Marco Sarli

Hoan Kiem lake. Flickr/France

Hanoi Opera House at Night. Flickr/Eustaquio Santimano

Hanoi Peak Hour Traffic. Flickr/Sacha Fernandez
Hanoi street scene. Flickr/Piero Damiani

Hanoi Street Scene. Flickr/Badz Manaois

Hanoi starts early. Flickr/Marco Sarli

Hanoi's Water Puppet Theatre. Flickr/Badz Manaois
Masks. Flickr/David

Park in Hanoi Flickr/kaneko amury

Hoa Loa Prison, the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Flickr/Grant Cameron

National Museum of Vietnamese history. Flickr/Eustaquio Santimano

Paintings on display in Hanoi. Flickr/Eustaquio Santimano

President Palace. Flickr/France

Streets of Hanoi at Night. Flickr/Ritchie Wong

Sunset in Long Bien bridge. Flickr/break_away1112

Sunset in West lake. Flickr/break_away1112
Sunset in Hanoi - Martien van Asseldonk

The Hanois lighthouse. Flickr/Chris Tostevin-Hall
Hanoi Streets. Flickr/Sandro Bisaro
Flickr/david pham

Tet decorations on Hang Ma. Flickr/Marco Sarli


  1. I spent three nights in Hanoi while on the inevitable post-uni backpacking trail, both Hanoi and Vietnam in general were incredible places. Hanoi was the kind of city where you didn't really feel the need to go and do all that many touristy things, just being there you could feel the atmosphere and the history of the place.

  2. Vietnam is great! We wen't there on holiday in december 2013. Beautiful country, worth a visit!