10:54 | 27/07/2016 Entertainment
(VEN) - The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has suggested 10 must-see places when visiting Hanoi.
They are Hoan Kiem Lake, Ba Dinh Square – President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the Old Quarter, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, West Lake, Long Bien Bridge and the Red River.
Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi, ornamented with a small island with the Tortoise Tower on it and other buildings and sites such as Pen Tower, Ink Slab, The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple. The lake is regarded as an icon of the capital and is heavily associated with legendary stories about old tortoises and sacred Ngoc Son Temple.
Ba Dinh Square – President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Thang Long Imperial Citadel are some of the most attractive destinations in Hanoi.
Hanoi is also one of the country’s well-known religious centers, especially Buddhism. There are many old pagodas in the capital including the One-Pillar Pagoda designed as a lotus shooting from the water and Tran Quoc which was built in the sixth century under the Ly Dynasty.
The Old Quarter includes some 36 old streets constructed in the 19th century where tourists may wander and explore the extraordinarily busy and chaotic street scenes.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral with a European gothic revival design is another city monument that attracts locals and tourists alike.
West Lake, the capital’s largest lake, is located fairly near the center. Tourists can hire swan pedal boats to ride or buy tickets for a tour around the lake. The best time for such a ride may be at sunset. By the side of West Lake, tourists may find the old village of Nghi Tam where still preserves traditional flower growing, bonsai and ornamental trees, along with the bronze-casting village of Ngu Xa and the incense-making village of Yen Phu.
Long Bien Bridge is a more than a century old historic bridge across the Red River which is famous for a small island with beautiful sandy beaches, reeds and bananas. Tourists may see a rustic peaceful corner of Hanoi while taking a panoramic view of the Red River from the Long Bien Bridge.
Thanks to its must-sees, Hanoi has been internationally-recognized as one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam.
According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Hanoi is calling for investment in tourism development, especially around the West Lake, the banks of the Red River and a resort in Dong Anh, which is part of the capital’s plan. Until 2020, Hanoi will focus on tourism development based on the local culture along with promoting other mixed models including Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events, exhibitions, crafts, resort and sport.
Hanoi targets to welcome some 30 million tourists by 2020, including 5.7 million international visitors, achieving 8-10 percent in annual average growth rate. It expects to hit VND120 trillion in tourism revenue, marking 15-17 percent in annual average growth rate. The average tourism accommodation occupancy rate will reach between 60-65 percent.