Vietnam is well-known for its cultural heritage and history. Over thousands of years, the old traditions and customs are still able to capture the imagination of international visitors. If you decide to travel to Vietnam, it is a golden opportunity to be a time traveler and go back in time with these following ancient cities in Vietnam.
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Hanoi, as we see nowadays, is the capital and the political center of Vietnam but the city has experienced a long history of ups and downs and carries a historical vibe. Wandering around the streets in Hanoi, you can still witness the relics of ancient Chinese and French architecture which make the city a beautiful amalgam of cultures, traditions, and customs. If you’re in for exploring the remnants and legends of history, then Hanoi is a perfect place for you. The list of historical heritages includes The Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, ...
Many battles took place in Hanoi land over the years. Visiting Long Bien Bridges is among the top must-do things in Hanoi. Built in 1898 by the French, Long Bien bridge was bombarded up to 10 times by the US as a war strategy to destroy the connection between Hanoi and the city port (Hai Phong). Nowadays, Long Bien bridge has been rebuilt and become a witness to many historical events.
Long Bien bridge
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Being the capital of Vietnam from 1802 - 1945, Hue is one of the most worth-visiting ancient cities in Vietnam. Contrary to the hustle and bustle of the two big metropolitans in Vietnam which are Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, Hue is more of a peaceful and tranquil destination.
In 1993, the Complex of Hue Monuments was recognized as a UNESCO heritage. Another UNESCO heritage of this ancient city is Hue’s ritual royal music. Proclaimed as the masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, “Nha Nhac” (The Royal Refined Music) is one of the main tourist attractions. In the old days, the music used to be played for the royal and on special occasions only, but now everyone who visits Hue can enjoy the music and the ancient royal ambiance.
Nha Nhac Hue used to be performed for the royal only
One of the must-see tourist attractions here is Hue Citadel which represents the imperial lifestyle in the past. The place was constructed to face the Huong River (Perfume River). Within Hue Citadel, there are Imperial City (Hoang Thanh) and Forbidden City (Tu Cam Thanh) and other royal tombs.
Hue Citadel from above
Speaking of ancient cities in Vietnam, Hoi An town in Quang Nam is always on top of the list. It might be hard to believe that this amazingly calm and tranquil town used to be a top-rated international trade port. Because of the advantageous geographical conditions, Hoi An was a crucial economic destination for merchants from many regions of the world.
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Hoi An was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. At the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century, there were many Japanese and Chinese people arrived to settle down, making Hoi An fusion of many different cultures. Coming to the town nowadays, you can see the bridges with Japanese architectures, ancient Chinese temples, and archaic French constructions,...
Hoi An ancient architecture
Hoi An town in the old days
There are so many places you can pay a visit to experience a step back in time and blend in the cultural diversity such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, Trieu Chau Assembly Hall, Old House of Tan Ky,...
Visiting these ancient cities in Vietnam, not only will you satisfy your longing to travel new lands, but you will also cultivate your knowledge of history and cultures. Having gone through more than 2000 years of development, Vietnam always has so much for you to discover.
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