Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

This is the number one tourist attraction in the city and it is only open on limited time so prepare for very long queues. Watch out for the guards who will prod you hard if you linger, chat or fail to pay due respects.
Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum

This museum honours President Ho Chi Minh who is considered to be a Vietnamese hero. The museum holds a collection of his letters and military orders that explain the Communist Party’s early days to the present.
Vietnam History Museum

Vietnam History Museum

Vietnam History Museum is open seven days a week. This rich collection of archaeological finds illustrates the development of Vietnam from ancient times up until the start of Communist rule.
Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple

Sitting on an island at the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake, this peaceful temple site honouring scholars and war heroes is best known for its preserved turtle corpse which links to the lake’s mythology. There is a red-painted bridge that takes you to the island.
One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

The 11th-century wooden shrine, revered for its fertility and healing properties, was burnt by the French in the 1950's and is now replaced by a concrete one and is still a popular destination. To honor the symbol of purity in Buddhism the pagoda is built to look like a lotus blossom.
Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison

Constructed by the French in 1896, the prison was taken over by the Vietnamese in 1954 to house prisoners of war. The original guillotine room and stories told by the ex-inmates themselves make this a gruesome but compelling experience.
Temple Of Literature

Temple Of Literature

The Temple Of Literature is the most revered of the city’s temple complexes and the 1,076 site of Vietnam’s first university. It sits within the old Imperial City west of the old Quarter.
Vietnam Women's Museum

Vietnam Women's Museum

This museum shows the history of Vietnam's women through times. Over an area of 2,000 square metres more than 25,000 objects display information about their lives during war time until today.
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