Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Hanoi

A trip to Hanoi cannot be complete without understanding its rich heritage. The art and cultural activities in Hanoi will give you an insight into the city's history, traditions, and artwork. While visiting the cultural attractions in Hanoi would prove to be informative, attending its artsy events will leave you entertained. From cultural performances to historical monuments that give you a glimpse of the past, take a look at this list to know Hanoi better. Include these in attractions in your itinerary for Hanoi and have a great vacation.

Check the list of top places for art and culture in Hanoi:

  1. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

    Art And Culture, Entertainment, Performance, Theatre

    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet shows and discover the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art. The show depicts traditional Vietnamese life and scenes from communal entertainment. It is a fascinating experience for both adults and kids. Immerse in the totally magical and 'out of the world' ...Read more
  2. Temple Of Literature And National University

    Art And Culture, Monument, Nature, University

    Also know as Van Mieu, The Temple of Literature is one of the oldest major monuments of Vietnam. It’s home to remnants of Vietnam's pre 19th and 20th century history.. Founded by King Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, it became the site of the country's first University, Quoc Tu Giam in 1076. The ambiance is serene and the beautifully landscaped grounds ooze spiritual calm. Also, visit the pop...Read more
  3. Ho Chi Minh Museum

    4.3 (1883 Votes)
    Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum

    The Ho Chi Minh Museum explains the life and times of Ho Cho Minh, perhaps the most celebrated human being in Vietnam. There are a number of interesting photos, manuscripts and translations of Ho’s writings that will educated the visitor about the Vietnam in Ho’s days. Check out the ‘8 Requirements of Society’ written by Ho that makes for an interesting read. Also,...Read more
  4. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Art And Culture, Museum, Landmark, Square

    The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum holds the embalmed remains of Ho Chi Minh; this larger than life granite structure stands in over Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Ba Dinh Square which is situated in front of the mausoleum is a landmark in it’s own right as the President Ho declared the independence of Vietnam on September 2, 1945 there. The square is comprised of an interesting mish ...Read more
  5. Hoa Lo Prison

    4.3 (1259 Votes)
    Hoa Lo Prison

    Art And Culture, River, Nature

    The Hao Lo Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War when it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton". The prison was demolished during the 1990s, though the gatehouse remai...Read more
  6. Vietnamese Women's Museum

    4.3 (3156 Votes)
    Vietnamese Women's Museum

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum, History Museum

    The Vietnamese women’s museum highlights the heroic struggles and contribution of Vietnamese women in the society and culture. It holds an incredible collection of posters, fabrics and tribal artefacts dating back to the wartime. The museum is labelled in both English and French and is noteworthy to see the invaluable contribution of women during the war. Also, visit the popular att...Read more
  7. Vietnam Museum Of Ethnology

    4.4 (2611 Votes)
    Vietnam Museum Of Ethnology

    Art And Culture, Museum

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology exhibits objects of interest and information from the indigenous ethnic groups in Vietnam. It’s a fascinating visit where one can learn about interesting facts related to Vietnam’s culture and ethnic groups. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Hanoi itinerary 2 days.
  8. Ho Chi Minh's Residence

    Art And Culture, Museum, Estate, Lake

    Ho's residence, the well-known house on stilts, is behind the Presidential Palace, a magnificent French colonial building built in 1901 for the resident French governor. Instead of the glorious structure nearby, Ho chose to live in this humble house from 1958 to 1969. Facing a beautifully landscaped lake, the structure does have its charm, and the spartan room is an interesting glimpse into th...Read more
  9. St Joseph's Cathedral

    4.5 (3037 Votes)
    St Joseph's Cathedral

    Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Entering this majestic church is like walking into 1886, as little has changed since it first opened its doors. The centre of Catholicism in Hanoi is the beautifully decrepit neo-Gothic, St Joseph’s Cathedral. Built in the early days of the colony at the expense of a revered pagoda that was demolished in the name of France's mission civilisatrice, St Joseph’s opened its doors to wo...Read more
  10. Fine Arts Museum

    4.3 (2156 Votes)
    Fine Arts Museum

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum

    Housed in a recently renovated colonial building, this museum contains the finest display of artwork in all the country, and so is a must do for anyone interested in art. Its three floors contain examples from all periods up to the present, and the variety of media is particularly impressive. Wood carvings, ceramic statues, and lacquered furniture stand beside silk, oil, and watercolour painti...Read more
  11. One Pillar Pagoda

    4.3 (17 Votes)
    One Pillar Pagoda

    Religious Site, Temple

    One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in the country with a pillar in the middle of the lotus pond which will amaze you. It is the best place to come to celebrate the annual ceremony of Vesak or Gautam Buddha’s birthday. The temple was built to commemorate the victims of First Indochina war. You will be delighted with the magnificent architecture of One Pillar Pagod...Read more
  12. Temple Of Literature

    Educational Site, Architecture

    A visit to the Temple Of Literature is sure to excite you with its rich cultural heritage and fascinating architecture. The beauty of the giant bell and the drum alongside different models of houses at this historical sight tells a lot about the lifestyle of the Vietnamese people. After crossing several ponds, you will enter the former National University that has a lot of exhibitions which dep...Read more
  13. Thien Tru Temple

    4.5 (1 Vote)
    Thien Tru Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    You will be delighted to watch the big Quan Yin Buddha statutes at this historical pagoda in ThiênTrù Temple. The unique architectural works at the wall are well-depicted through various drawings of the ancient times. You will love to spend time at the rectangularly shaped pagoda that has a beautiful courtyard in it beside the three-gate entrance. There are various collections in t...Read more
  14. Cua Bac Catholic Church

    Church, Religious Site

    The exquisite interior and exterior decoration at Cua Bac Catholic Church with a statue of Mother Marry at the top will amaze you. Local people from every corner of the society gather at this beautiful place of worship during the Sunday mass hours at 10.30 AM. The garden at this pristine church is a nice place to relax. You will be delighted to see the yellow coloured paintings all around Cua B...Read more
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