Must-stop Vietnam destinations for history lovers


Not only famous for its spectacular landscapes, Vietnam is also renowned for its thousand years of history. The traces of ancient time are well preserved by local people and authorities. These historical relics are an irresistible attraction to history lovers.

Hence, Vietnam Heritage Tours are designed to bring visitors closer to the nostalgic allure of ancient Vietnam. Followings are some recommended Vietnam heritage destinations that history fans should not miss.

1. Hanoi

The capital of thousand-year history is absolutely a cannot-miss place when considering where to go in Vietnam. Located alongside the Red River, Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. Visitors can easily find travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. A thousand years have gone by, leaving Hanoi with several significant vestiges. The city also displays the influences of French, Chinese, and Russian cultures.

The flag tower of Hanoi

The Flag Tower of Hanoi (Source: Internet)

Here exists the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, which used to be the governing center of Vietnam during Ly, Le, and Tran Dynasties. It is also where the French governors worked during the French colonization. Next to the Citadel is Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Viet Nam to the countrymen in 1945, declaring Vietnam an independent nation. The flag tower, Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, the House on Stilts, and Ho Chi Minh Museum are must-stop places in this relic complex. Another important relic to visit in Ba Dinh District is the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam.

Hanoi Old Quarter in the past

Hanoi Old Quarter in the past (Source: Internet)

Talking about Hanoi, we cannot ignore the Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. The 36 streets of the Old Quarters has hundred years of history, which was the main streets of the ancient city. The buildings and architecture are well preserved and are still the busiest streets which welcome a large number of tourists each year. Regarding Hoan Kiem Lake, legend has it that a giant turtle presented Emperor Le Loi with a magic sword with which to defeat Chinese invaders. After the victory in the battle, the King returned the sword to the turtle on this lake. Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, is regarded as the symbol of Hanoi.

Not only does the urban area has important relics, there are also interesting historic spots in Hanoi Suburban. Duong Lam Ancient Village – the oldest village in Vietnam, Giong Temple, Co Loa Citadel, and Bat Trang Village are also worth visiting.

2. Hue

Once the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue is a must-visit destination for any Vietnam Heritage Tours. Hue is the only originally historical vestigial city in Vietnam. It is the city of two World Heritage designated by UNESCO: the Complex of Imperial Citadel of Hue and the Imperial Court Music.

The purple forbidden city in Hue

The Forbidden City, Hue (Source: Internet)

The Imperial Citadel of Hue is regarded as the masterpiece of Eastern architecture. This valuable construction includes more than 100 architectural works, reflecting the life of Emperors and mandarins under the Nguyen’s reign. Forbidden City and Royal Tombs (Khai Dinh, Tu Duc, Minh Mang, and Gia Long) are the valuable architectural complex which reminds us of the glorious past of the country. There is also a great opportunity to explore the Eastern architecture.

Hue Imperial Court Music

Hue’s Imperial Court Music (Source: Internet)

Hue’s imperial music is also a huge appeal to foreign tourists. Originated from Le Dynasty’s ritual music, it improved into 2 kinds of music: “Dai nhac” and “Nha nhac” under Nguyen Dynasty. The court music was only performed on important occasions. It was designated as a World Intangible Heritage in 1993.

Hue is also home to several pagodas and temples. There are hundreds of pagodas in this city, and Thien Mu Pagoda on the northern bank of Perfume River is the most famous one. Its high religious value, as well as the exquisite surroundings, makes tourists love at first sight.

3. Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary

Two more recommended destinations for Vietnam Heritage Tours are Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary located in the Central of Vietnam.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town (Source: Internet)

About 60 km from Hue locates Hoi An Ancient Town, which used to be a major trading port of Asia. The town consists of thousands of old houses and buildings which have hundred years of history. The buildings and customs of Hoi An display the cluster of different cultures such as Japanese, Chinese, French, and Spanish. The cuisine which combines the traditional and western tastes is also great to try.

My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary (Source: Internet)

My Son Sanctuary is an important vestige of Champa civilization. Champa was a dependent country in Central Vietnam from the 4th to the 13th century. Influenced by comprised of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia.

There are also many worth-visiting heritages in Vietnam that huetravelreview cannot mention in a just a single article. To get more information and tour options, you can check it with Vietnam Tour Operators. 


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