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Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. This is a city that mixes old and new. Cultural heritage sites are scattered nearly everywhere you look. St. Joseph's Cathedral is built to look like the Notre-Dame de Paris. The whole place is completely suffused with various flavors of history. The Temple of Literature is a Confucian temple in the Chinese architectural style, and the clouds of incense in the One Pillar Pagoda indicate its importance as a popular place for locals to pray. Other than traces of antiquity, there are also many scenic spots related to Ho Chi Minh such as the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. You can go to Hoan Kiem Lake, where the locals like to stroll and cool off, or you can go to the 36 streets of the Old Quarter to buy unique local souvenirs. Once night falls, go to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to watch Vietnam's national art form - the water puppet show - come to life.
Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, surrounded by tree-lined walkways. It is a place for locals to enjoy the cool and take a walk. There are two buildings on the lake, Ngoc Son Temple on the north and Tortoise Tower on the south. In addition to the beautiful lake view, you can also see the typical local architectures around. On the northeast side of Hoan Kiem Lake, there is a red The Huc Bridge, which connects to the Yushan Temple in the center of the northern part of the lake. It is a perfect spot for taking pictures.
St. Joseph's Cathedral is an ancient church in Hanoi. It is a representative French building in Hanoi. The Cathedral features a complex main altar inside, fitted with stained-glass windows, and consists of two square-shaped towers. The gate of the Cathedral will only open when the mass is conducted, and visitors need to use side doors when it is closed. Opposite to the Cathedral is Nha Tho Street, where Hanoi's emerging boutique shops and cafes are located.
The official title of the One Pillar Pagoda is Yanyou Temple, also known as the Lotus Pagoda, located on the southwest side of Ba Dinh Square. The temple is small, but it is very famous across the land. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it stands on a pillar in the center of the lotus pond, meaning that a pure lotus blooms out of the bitter sea. There are a lot of local people who come here to offer incense wishes. Even the President Ho Chi Minh used to come from time to time.