There is a bunch of top destinations for family in Hanoi; however, if you want to learn more about the history of Vietnam but have no idea about where to go in Hanoi, these recommendations below should be the best options to include in your Hanoi family packages. They offer a good chance for your children to open their mind about the bygone eras in Vietnam.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi
Known as the first capital of Vietnam and the economic and politic center in the Ly dynasty between the 11th – 13th centuries is proudly recognized by UNESCO as the world cultural heritage. In Vietnamese, Thang Long means “soaring dragon” which is derived from a tale of King Ly Cong Uan that he witnessed a golden dragon flying up to the sky during his search for a new capital. However, during periods of French occupation and American involvement this ancient capital just remained some parts and partially invisible from below.
Imperial of Thang Long Hanoi
To fill up your curiosity, the archeological site at 18 Hoang Dieu street gives you a chance to see how a Ly Dynasty ‘s capital looks like through many subterranean relics which have the age of over 1300 years under the National Parliament Building found by an archeological excavation in 2002. You will see two carved stone dragons decorating the stairs leading to Kinh Thien where the King gave the audience and made important decisions. In this complex, there are some other relics such as Hanoi Flag Tower, Doan Mon, D76 Tunnel and House, North Gate, Hậu Lâu (Princess’ Palace) and Forbidden City.
A stone dragon in Kinh Thien Palace
The Thang Long citadel is open from 8.00 to 17.00 am on weekdays, except Monday. The entrance ticket fees are 30.000 VND (about $2 dollars) for adult and free for children under the age of 15. The tickets are sold at 19E Hoang Dieu Street and the main gate number 19C of Thang Long Citadel is next to it.
Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam
Described as the first national university of Vietnam, Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is a nice place that takes you to over 1000 years ago. Unlike the bustle and hustle outside, the tranquil atmosphere of the time and the ancient relics in the temple will fulfill your curiosity. The temple worship Confucius and many other philosophers who fundamentally altered the education system and society in Vietnam. It also dedicates many scholars whose name and information are written on 82 stone steles. If you can read Chinese on monuments, you will know what they are representing. If not, you need a guide to explain them.
Stone steles of doctor
You will see a well- known sentence written on the stone steles: “Hiền tài là nguyên khí của quốc ” which means “The talented and righteous persons are the precious resources of the country”.King Ly Thanh who is the founder of this temple believed that knowledge and wisdom those who would help the country grow stronger and enforce the resilience of the country. They are the main sources to protect the country from the foreign domination. Therefore, Temple of Literature is commonly considered as a symbol of the fondness of learning. That is the reason why you would see many students wearing graduation caps and gowns taking photos here.
This site is open every day from 8.00 to 17.00 in winter with 30.000 VND of entrance fee for adult and the free ticket for children under the age of 15.
Hoa Lo Prison Historical Relics
As a historical evidence for the Hoa Lo Prison is described as a hell on earth in the heart of Hanoi and one of the 5 most and scariest prisons ever in Southeast Asia. In French domination period, the French colonists used this place as a prison to incarcerate thousands of Vietnamese revolutionists and soldiers and use giant guillotines to torture them severely. In American war, it was used to keep American pilots who had been shot down and captured by the government and nicknamed “Hanoi Hilton” by these prisoners.
You will see many architectural works, monuments, artifacts dating back to 1986 exhibited in the complex of 2000 square meters. Besides, the creepiness is also represented in many dark cells, or 4 – meter – high and 0.5 – meter – thick brick fences topped with barbed – wire loops for twenty – four hours a day. It is worth a visit to have a deeper insight into the dreadful hardship of Vietnamese and the consequences of wars.
Hoa Lo Prison is open on every weekday from 8.00 to 17.00. The entrance fee is 30.000 dong for adults and free for children under the age of 15.
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