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May 23, 2011

Today was the first day of our 14 day Vietnam Adventure tour with Tucan Travel. It was a free day of relaxation followed by a group meeting in the evening to meet our travel mates! During the day, we decided to take a half-day bike tour of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. We saw many sites and attractions including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda, Temples of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a memorial to the Vietnamese leader of Hanoi. It is the place where Ho read the Declaration of Independence in 1945. It was interesting to imagine what it would’ve been like to be there in 1945. We learned that Ho had requested to be cremated; however, this request was not fulfilled and like Vladimir Lenin in Russia, Ho is on display and dressed in his favourite khaki suit. A dress code is in effect here; no shorts or short sleeves.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The One-Pillar Pagoda is a wooden structure imitating a lotus flower emerging from the water. It is said that if a prayer is spoken here, good health and fertility will come to you. Wearing something long such as a skirt or long pants are suggested; shorts are not permitted.

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

The Temples of Literature was Vietnam’s first University in 1076. The grounds of the University are spectacular. Tall, ancient trees and the entrance gate make it seem far from a typical University.

Temple of Literatures Tree

Temple of Literatures Tree

Temple of Literatures Gate

Temple of Literatures Gate

It was an interesting day and we each feel that we learned a lot about Hanoi’s history. Tonight we will get some much needed rest to prepare ourselves for the beginning of our coach tour tomorrow! Next stop Halong Bay!

Posted by tvtvietnam 15:43 Archived in Vietnam

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So If I'm not wearing long skirts or pants when I visit The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or The One-Pillar Pagoda, am I able to borrow some clotes to cover? Just because I remember when I visited the place where I'm not allowed to show my legs, I could borrow something like a shawl to cover.

by indiablog7

While being in Hanoi, did you try wearing the traditional costume that people wear in Vietnam? When I traveled to Vietnam back in 2006 - we were told that if tourists wear traditional outfit, we could get the discounts to the museums and all kind of attractions. (we didn't have to pay tourist fee)

by japan123

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