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Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

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Ba Dinh District is one of the original districts of Hanoi that can be easily accessed from any others in the city. Besides being a political center of Vietnam, it's also home to a lot of well-known tourist attractions. Our guide below will help you take a closer look at all the information you need to enjoy staying in Ba Dinh District in Hanoi.

Overview of Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

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Ba Dinh is one of the four central districts in Hanoi and is surrounded by five districts, including Tay Ho, Hoan Kiem, Dong Da, and Cau Giay. It is a place for those who prefer solemnity and maleficent architecture, offering a totally different vibe from the busy, crowded Hoan Kiem District. Most Government offices and embassies are located here, for that it has witnessed Vietnam's courageous past, one of the events was when President Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence right at Ba Dinh Square in 1945. Locals refer to the district as “Khu pho Phap” (French Quarter) after the staggering number of French-designed villas and buildings here. 

How to Get to Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

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Using taxi apps such as Grab is a good way to find a ride

If you plan to visit Ba Dinh District in your trip, the most common ways are taking a bus or grabbing a taxi. It takes about 15 minutes to go from Hanoi Old Quarter to Ba Dinh by bus (Route 09CT from Viet Duc Hospital to 48 Lieu Giai Street), or you can book a Grab taxi

From Noi Bai International Airport, you can take bus Number 09 and depart at Kim Ma Bus Station.

Read on about Tips on taking a bus in Hanoi

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Tourist Attractions in Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

As a significant contributor to Vietnam's history, Ba Dinh District is the perfect location for cultural geeks. Here are the attractions that you should not miss:

Temple of Literature

Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da District
Entrance fee: VND 30,000 (Children under 15 and visitors with severe disability: Free)

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The Temple of Literature is Vietnam’s first university and is a 10-minute walk away from Ba Dinh Square

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Opening hours:
- In the summer: 7:30 AM - 10 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 7:30 AM - 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday
- In the winter: 8 AM - 11 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8 AM - 11:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday
- Closed on Monday and Friday
- Closed from 5th September to 5th November for annual preservation
Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh District
Entrance fee: Free

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This place is where the body of President Ho Chi Minh is preserved

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You should also visit One Pillar Pagoda, located within the Mausoleum Complex

The Presidential Palace

Opening hours: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh District
Entrance fee: Free (External visit only)

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The Presidential Palace is characterized by a French architectural style

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House

Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Address: 1 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ngoc Ho, Ba Dinh District
Entrance fee: VND 25,000 for international visitors

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This is where President Ho Chi Minh spent most of his life at

Vietnam Military History Museum

Opening hours: From 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM and from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Closed on Mondays and Fridays)
Address: 25A Dien Bien Phu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh District
Entrance fee: VND 40,000 (You can be charged VND 30,000 more if bringing a camera)

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Vietnam Military History Museum houses such an extensive collection of weapons and historical evidence

Quan Thanh Temple

Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Address: Thanh Nien, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh District
Entrance fee: VND 10,000

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Quan Thanh Temple was built in the 11th century and  imbued with tranquility and solemnity

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

Opening hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh District
Entrance fee: VND 40,000 (Presentation is available for VND 150,000)

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Vietnam Fine Arts Museum features a great number of contemporary arts and traditional ones

Activities to Try in Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

Eat a Bowl of Snail Vermicelli Soup

Recommended Locations:

  • Bun Oc Gia Truyen: 19 Kim Ma Thuong
  • Bun Oc Luong Beo: 12 Dao Tan
  • Bun Oc “Co Beo”: 2 Hoe Nhai

Price range: VND 40,000 - VND 60,000

ba dinh district in hanoi activitiesThe combination of crunchy snails and appetizing soup will lift your soul

Taste the "Pho Cuon"

Address: 32-34 Ngu Xa, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh District
Price range: VND 40,000 - VND 80,000

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The special “Pho Cuon” can bring you a different taste of Vietnam’s traditional Pho

Visit the Beautiful Parks


  • Lenin Park: 28A Dien Bien Phu
  • Bach Thao Park: 3 Hoang Hoa Tham
  • Thu Le Park: 58 Duong Buoi

Price range: VND 15,000 (Thu Le Park only)

Go Shopping at Lotte Center

Opening hours: 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Address: 54 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh District

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You can also visit the Lotte Center Hanoi's Sky Deck

Read on about Shopping in Hanoi

Unwind at Clubs

Hero Club Hanoi

Opening hours: 9 PM - 4 AM
Address: 42M Yen Phụ, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

New Square Club

Opening hours: 9 PM - 4 AM
Address: 360 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

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Have fun with your friends at clubs in Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

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Conclusion on Ba Dinh District in Hanoi

We hope that our guide on Ba Dinh District in Hanoi has provided every information you need to enjoy your stay. If you have any questions or comments, let us know down below and stay tuned to more insightful blogs into Vietnam Travel.


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