Ba Dinh District, Vietnam

Ba Dinh District, Vietnam

The area around Ba Dinh Square, site of Ho Chi Minh’s delivery of Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence in 1945, contains the principal sights west of Hoan Kiem Lake. The most convenient route to get here is via Dien Bien Phu. Along the wau is a small park with massive statue of Lenin.

Hanoi Citadel

Inside the gates is the Army Museum. Which details the exploits of the People’s Army of Vietnam. Highlights include a light-and – sound diorama of Dien Bien Phu Valley and the tank that crashed through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon in April 1975. Next door is the 31m Hanoi Flag Staff, built in 1812 under the Nguyen Dynasty.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Poor Ho Chi Minh couldn’t escape his well-preserved fate despite his wish to be cremated, Completed in 1975, the granite structure serves as a receiving stand for officials and party leaders and continues the Communist tradition of building glass sarcophagi to attract pilgrims.

One Pillar Pagoda

One of the few structures remaining from old Thang Long, the pagoda is dedicated to Quan Am, the goddess of mercy, emperor Ly Thanh Tong built the pagoda after dreaming that the goddess, sitting on a lotus flower, gave him a boy. Soon after, a son was born to him. The pagoda was thus built to resemble a lotus plant. The French destroyed the pagoda on their way out of Hanoi in 1954, the government has since rebuilt it.

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