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Hanoi Travel Guide

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a city that still retains a wonderfully captivating old world charm despite its ongoing transition into a modern metropolis. Many different races occupied Hanoi and they all added to its cosmopolitan personality.

The French, in particular, left their characteristic imprint in lovely tree-lined boulevards and colonial-style buildings of the French Quarter. That isn’t all there is to Hanoi- the city has its share of temples and pagodas, shrines and museums. It’s a city of lakes and parks, of old streets and city squares, of bustling markets and old shops: a city made to be explored with surprises lurking around each and every street corner.

This city, owing to its several picturesque lakes, is sometimes called the “City of lakes”.

The temple of Literature was founded in 1070. It is the site of a memorial dedicated to Confucius, the famous Chinese thinker and philosopher, which was later (six years, to be precise) established as Vietnam’s first university.

Legend has it that Hoan Kiem Lake is the site where a magic sword, famously known as “Heaven’s Will” was returned by emperor to the Golden Turtle God, which led to his triumph in the mutiny against the Chinese Ming dynasty. When translated to English, Hoan kiem Lake means "Lake of the Returned Sword" or "Lake of the Restored Sword”.

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