Exploring the Top Unmissable Vietnamese Historical Destinations

Suggestions of historical tourist attractions for travelholics

For travelholics, they don’t bare only the desire to admire wonderful sceneries. In their journeys, widening their cultural and historical knowledge has always stayed on the checklist. Regardless of your origin, Vietnamese, foreign, Canadian-Vietnamese, these historical destinations below would be the places for you to explore on the occasion of visiting the land of Vietnam.

Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge is the first steel bridge crossing the Red River, connecting Long Bien District and Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi. It was built in 1898 and could not resist traces of time even though quite many restorations. As a historical and cultural figure of Hanoi, it is one of the most appealing destinations for visitors. They flock there to hear the stories of history and admire the poetic scenery of Hong river with barges floating below. 

Cầu Long Biên - VN Express
Cầu Long Biên – VN Express

Temple of Literature – Imperial Academy

Located in the Dong Da area of Hanoi, Temple of Literature – Imperial Academy is the relics complex about the first university of Vietnam. Besides the fame of being the historic special national site of Temple of Literature, it is also where students and exam candidates come to pray for luck. It was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Ly Thanh Tong and has been through many restorations. It includes two main areas of the Temple and the Academy. The Temple is the worshiping place for the saints and Confucius, and the Academy, which was once the first superior school of Vietnam, is the shrine of Chu Van An. Also, there is Van Lake (The lake of Literature) and Giam Garden.

Văn Miếu - Vietnam Journey
Văn Miếu – Vietnam Journey

Duong Lam ancient village

Considered the oldest ancient town in the land of Capital, Duong Lam ancient village is a small town in the rural Son Tay District of Hanoi. Referring to this 400-year-town, it elicits the beauty of a peaceful, nostalgic place. It has a total of 956 houses built since the XVII (17th ) century using familiar materials like bamboos, tiled roofs, laterites, etc. Some prominent destinations in this town are the Mong Phu church, Mong Phu entrance, Giang Van Minh shrine, and ancient houses.

Duong Lam ancient village - Fantansea Travel
Duong Lam ancient village – Fantansea Travel


Dau Pagoda

Dau Pagoda (or Dien Ung, Phap Van) is in Thanh Khuong Commune, Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh Province. Although the antique trace of the time has been renewed after restorations, Dau pagoda is still considered the oldest pagoda of Vietnam. It appeared from the very first days of the Christian era (construction started in 187 and finished in 226). In 1313, it was rebuilt, and the restorations have been done for many centuries. One of the remarkable impressions of the place is the statues dated since the XVIII (18th ) century, which now still remain whole from the appearance to the solemn, meditative expression.

Chùa Dâu - disanvanhoathuanthanh.vn
Chùa Dâu – disanvanhoathuanthanh.vn


Mang Lang Church

Nestling by the bank of Ky Lo River, Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, the 120 age Mang Lang Church is one of the oldest and most famous churches of Vietnam. It was built in Gothic style with the magnificent front, two bell-towers at sides, and the Holy Cross in the middle. The interior space has a similar design to other Gothic churches in Vietnam, with two rows of pillars shaping the continuing vaults.  Despite the humble building of the church, it has a large, greened campus. Besides, the place storages the fist printed Vietnamese Latin-character book.

Nhà thờ Mằng Lăng - Lendang.vn
Nhà thờ Mằng Lăng – Lendang.vn

Binh Thuy Ancient House

Nhà cổ BT - we25.net
Nhà cổ BT – we25.net

Renowned “the most exquisite ancient house of the Western Capital”, Binh Thuy Ancient House was built in 1870, now is on Bui Huu Nghia Street, Binh Thuy Ward, Can Tho. This house of Duong family has five compartments and two wings with the old French villa architecture. In the house, there is “a treasure of antiques”, which has been reserving for centuries, such as the table and chairs set of green marble, or the set in French-style under Louis XV, white chandeliers, green jade antique vase. The uniqueness of Binh Thuy Ancient House also seized many directors, film studios, made them choose this place to be the background of many big movies in Vietnam.

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