Day 2: Ha Noi – City tour (B)
After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting such sites as. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside),a large memorial in Hanoi, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. His former residence, stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.
One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Ly Thai Tong constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.
Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city,originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction. The sunset views from the temple grounds are renown.
Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070 at the time of King Ly Nhan Tong, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. Lunch on your own
In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning “Lake of the Returned Sword” , where emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven’s Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths.
Ngoc Son Temple, being built on the Jade Islet and dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Tran Hung Dao, and enjoy a rickshaw tour in the Ancient Quarter with its antique shops. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.