8:00: Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to our first destination: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. This special historical construction was erected as a memorial to Uncle Ho - the giant hero of Vietnam. You can see the distinct Vietnamese architectural elements here, such as the sloping roof. Next, we will take a look at the Ho Chi Minh stilt house nearby to know more about his daily life.
10:00: Move on to the One Pillar Pagoda - located next to one side of the mausoleum - a historic Buddhist construction built by King Ly Nhan Tong in 1049 with a mystery legend behind. This is one of the most iconic temples in Vietnam, and a significant symbol of the Hanoian.
10:45: Visit 2 sites on West Lake: Quan Thanh Temple - a Taoist temple built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Thai To and Tran Quoc Pagoda - the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi constructed in the 16th century by King Ly Nam De.
12:00: Enjoy your lunch with Vietnamese traditional food at a local restaurant.
13:30 - 17:00: Start the afternoon trip by visiting the Ethnology Museum - the finest modern museum that focuses on 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. We then head to the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam - the first national university in Vietnam built in 1070 by King Ly Nhan Tong. Enjoy the peaceful scenery and well-preserved architecture inside the temple. Next, we’ll move on to Hoan Kiem Lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Take an electric car tour around Hanoi Old Quarter, free to shop.
17:10: We take you back to your hotel. End of services.
Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum are closed on Monday and Friday morning so Bat Trang Pottery Village will be arranged as substitution.
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