Ancient Citadel

While digging the foundation for a new national assembly building in 2002, workers began to unearth remnants of a much older building. Archaeologists discovered the ancient foundations of an imperial city that dates back 1,300 years to the Chinese Tang dynasty. The ancient citadel of Hanoi was the former home of Vietnamese sovereigns going back to Dai Viet, when Hanoi was known as Thang Long. Today, the ancient citadel houses the main office of the Ministry of Defence and Cot Co Tower.

Hanoi's ancient citadel was built around 1010 by the Ly dynasty and was the seat of the Vietnamese court until 1810. During colonial rule the French destroyed many structures within the citadel, including the royal palaces. Under the command of General Giap, the Vietnamese military had its headquarters in the citadel in the building known as D67. Be sure to check out the bunkers used by officials during frequent American bombing of Hanoi.

What's Nearby

Ca Tru Thang Long Guildes

Outside the Ca Tru Thang Long Guilds life unfolds as usual in the busy Old Quarter; inside this beautifully restored ancient home, however, the mel...

Water Puppets

Originating in the rice paddies of the nearby Hong River Delta, traditional Vietnamese puppet theatre uses the water as a stage while the gliding p...

Intrepid Travel Vietnam

Uncover Hanoi's back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights with Intrepid Travel. Providing outings ranging from a half day to five days, the ...

Cooking Classes

Although there is a wealth of cooking classes in Hanoi to choose from, City Pass Guide's pick this time around is Hanoi Cooking Centre, cooking sch...

Thu Cuc Exotical Spa

Thu Cuc Spa offers complete therapeutic services in a building overlooking peaceful Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi. The elegant decor establishes good fen...

Cinematheque

The coolest hidden cinema spot in Hanoi, Cinematheque is run by volunteer film lovers. The films screened here can hardly be found elsewhere in tow...

Le Spa du Metropole

Whether you’re searching for a luxury body treatment, top-quality pedicure or a Vietnamese massage, Le Spa du Metropole is one of the best pl...

Cheo

Cheo is a form of satirical musical theatre traditionally performed in the countryside of northern Vietnam by travelling touring companies, though ...

Hanoi Club Driving Range

Golf enthusiasts can draw inspiration from their surroundings while practicing their swing. The Hanoi Club offers the unique opportunity to putt or...

Khai Silk

Khai Silk is the largest silk retailer in Vietnam and provides an impressive selection of high quality silk. The retailer sells Western styles alon...

Apricot Gallery in Hanoi

Featuring works by some of the most prominent modern artists in Vietnam, Hanoi's Apricot Gallery holds a diverse collection spread over three floor...

Silk

Originating from the cocoon of the silk worm, this luxurious fabric was once reserved for those of noble blood. Luckily, nowadays anyone can pick u...

Ginkgo T-Shirts Hanoi

Ginkgo has been producing and selling high-quality clothing from their fashion stores in Vietnam since 2007. Established in Ho Chi Minh City, they ...

Metiseko Hanoi

Metiseko showcases a print collection and a selection of homeware and clothing made from organic cotton and natural silks. Each print is an origina...

Kana

From simple silk dresses to brightly printed headbands, Kana in Hanoi has something for every size and taste. The line of flattering basics arrange...

Tan My Embroidery

A storied Hanoian tradition with roots in fashion, design and houseware, Tan My Embroidery is one of Hanoi's oldest shops that produce embroidered ...

Tan My Design

During the 1960s when Vietnam was experiencing turmoil from the war, many of the country’s men were off to battle leaving wives, girlfriends,...

Mekong Quilts

Specialising in high-quality, hand-stitched bed covers, baby quilts, accessories and giftware, Mekong Quilts' products are handmade by rural women ...

Quan An Ngon

With en ever-growing number of branches and a solid reputation for quality food, Quan An Ngon provides patrons with authentic Vietnamese cuisine fr...

Madam Yen Restaurant

Opened at the end of 2013, Madam Yen Restaurant is the latest endeavor of the Maison D’Hanoi group, a noted name in Hanoian hospitality. Q...

La Badiane Restaurant

La Badiane Restaurant is a chic Hanoi restaurant dedicated to the fusion of French cuisine with the herbs and spices of the Orient. La Badia...

Luna d'Autunno Hanoi

The first Luna d'Autunno restaurant was opened in 1999, with a grand vision of serving excellent Italian cooking using quality ingredients from...

Mercure Terrace Café

Previously know as Brasserie le Pavillon Restaurant, Mercure Terrace Café has one of the best corners in Mercure Hanoi La Gare. Near th...

The Little Hanoi

After a busy day out in Hanoi, this restaurant provides a nice respite from the maddening traffic and daytime buzzing. Located on the corner of Han...

Ren

Recommended by Japanese expatriates, Ren is a small and delicious Japanese restaurant near Hanoi's Temple of Literature. Established by a former ch...

The Kitchen

Looking for Australian beef or Norwegian salmon in Hanoi? Then head to The Kitchen, which specialises in these imported delicacies along with servi...

Thai Village

This luxuriously cozy restaurant specialises in traditional Thai Teochew cuisine. Dine on classic dishes in their classic dining room or in one of ...

Cot Co Tower

The flag tower, or Cot Co, was a later addition to the Hanoi Citadel complex, built by Emperor Gia Long with the help of French engineers in 1805. ...

My Thuat Museum

A good introduction to Vietnamese painting, lacquer and ceramics, the collection inside Hanoi's My Thuat Museum includes everything from 1,000 year...

Ho Chi Minh's House

Built as a representation of a traditional stilt house in 1958 for then-president Ho Chi Minh, who preferred the gardener's hut to the opulent Pres...

Ba Dinh Square

All men are created equal! On September 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam's Declaration of Independence from the spot where the mausoleum now s...

Hanoi Night Market

Hanoi Night Market is a hustling and bustling nocturnal fair in the heart of the Old Quarter. Stroll through myriad of stalls offering practic...

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Silence reigns as visitors file by the preserved body of Vietnam's revered leader, Ho Chi Minh. The long lines and quick glimpse are worth it; ...

Temple of Literature

Vietnam's first university, the oldest sections of Van Mieu date from 1070, but only four of the interlocking courtyards survived French bombin...

Dong Xuan Market

Scouring Hanoi for a Technicolor portrait of Ho Chi Minh complete with sound effects? Dong Xuan Market, rebuilt after a 1994 fire, is the place to ...

One Pillar Pagoda

The original Buddhist pagoda was built in 1049 by Emperor Ly Thai Tong to mark the birth of his heir after a dream in which a goddess gave him a so...

The Hanoi Social Club

This eclectic bohemian cafe is a haven for Hanoi’s creative types. Order an I.P.A. beer or a craft cocktail and head to the green leafy beer ...

Joma Bakery Cafe

Established in 2009 Joma offers a slice of North American cafe culture in Hanoi. The coffee bar is passionate about serving heavenly coffee and fre...

Tan My Design Café

Located inside Hanoi's Tan My Design store, Tan My Design Cafe features real espresso coffee and delicious snacks to be enjoyed while admiring artw...

Coffee Club

An iconic bar with panoramic views of Hoan Kiem Lake. Unwind with a glass of beer or have a cocktail specially made by their charming bartenders wh...

The Rooftop Hanoi

Tucked away just outside the backpackers’ area of Hanoi, on a street lined with five-star hotels and office buildings, The Rooftop on the nin...

Fanny Ice Cream

This Vietnamese chain launched by an ice cream expert from France makes and serves European-style ice cream with Asian flavours. Grab a comfortable...

Starbucks Coffee

With 3 locations in central Hanoi, Starbucks offers a wide range of coffees, teas, Frappuccino® and juices. Each store also has freshly baked p...

La Fee Verte Bar

La Fee Verte Bar is the signature tavern of the Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. Taking its title from the historical name for Absinthe, the infamous ...

Summit Lounge

Renowned for having one of the best views in Hanoi, Summit Lounge's spectacular panoramas of the city skyline dazzle. Enjoy an evening cocktail and...

Silk Path Hotel Hanoi

Find a pampering retreat at Silk Path Hotel Hanoi, a superb four-star boutique hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Designed with comfort and luxury i...

Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

The Golden Silk Hotel is in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on the famous Silk Road. This is a 55 room luxury hotel offering guests a high e...

Golden Lotus Hotels

With two properties in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake, these hotels have more than 90 elegant, spacious rooms and sui...

Maison d'Hanoi Hanova Hotel

Stay in the centre of Hanoi at the Maison d'Hanoi Hanova, a comfortably modern boutique hotel with superior service. The understated, stunning desi...

Mercure Hanoi La Gare

Centrally located, Mercure Hanoi La Gare is a mid-scale hotel that features 102 rooms and a garden courtyard restaurant that offers a wide range of...

Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi

Conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi's business district, Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi is the latest five-star hotel in town. Tailored to meet the ...

May de Ville - Old Quarter

Set in Hanoi's scenic Old Quarter, May de Ville Old Quarter combines modern facilities and traditional charm. The hotel is only a short stroll...

Maison D'Hanoi Boutique Hotel

This Maison D’Hanoi Boutique Hotel brings a new expression to the city with its seamless blend of Luxury, Sleep architecture and st...

Zéphyr Hotel

The Zéphyr Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Hanoi with the famous Hoan Kiem Lake just across the street. Its stylish d&e...

Opening Hours

  • 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 14:00 pm - 17:00 pm, every day except Monday

Contact

Entrance from Hoang Dieu Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tags