• pho-bo-ha-noi

    Best places in Hanoi for pho

    Pho is arguably the best-known Vietnamese dish, and it comes in two main varieties: pho bo, or beef pho; and pho ga, or chicken pho.

  • Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street

    Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house at 87 Ma May street which was built at the late of the Twentieth century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses on Hanoi street.

    Location & History

    Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house at 87 Ma May street which was built at the late of the 20th century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses.

    The house consists of two main blocks linked together by a square yard in the middle on the ground floor, and a small balcony on the 1st floor. The yard is included at the centre of the building to moderate the air, provide the house with sunlight and cool winds. The balcony above is an ideal place to put small plants, flower pots for the owner’s interest and relaxation.

    The room on the ground floor which is street- front is used for selling goods, and the room on the next floor is living room to host the guests and worship the ancestor also. The room which is behind and linked to the living room by a balcony is bed room. On the ground floor, all behind space is for production activities, then kitchen and bathroom.

    All of the walls in this house were painted with typical yellow color like other ancient Hanoi houses, and all furniture, decoration items are reserved in good condition. Though being restored in 1999, this house still remains real and ancient beauty of itself.

    Today, the ancient house is open for tourists to come here and see how ancient Hanoian lived, enjoy as well as buy some Vietnamese traditional decoration items, souvenir.

     

    How to get there

    The ancient house sits at 87 Ma May street, a popular street in Hanoi Old Quarter. You can easily walk there for less than 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem lake.

  • Post-war bomb found near Long Biên Bridge

    A 1.5-tonne bomb with an intact fuse was successfully removed from the Red River in Hanoi at 1.p.m on November 28.

     

    The Capital City High Command on Sunday concluded that an object found nearLong Biên Bridge’s abutment P13 was a bomb left over after the war.

    Functional forces are now coming up with solutions to salvage and disable the bomb.

    The unexploded object was detected by local residents and reported to Hà Nội Committee of Traffic Safety on November 17.

    According to the Inland Waterway Department, the 2m-long bomb is located 5m from Long Biên Bridge’s abutment P13, at Hồng (Red) River’s Km183. Its diameter is about 0.5-0.6m.

     


  • Saint Joseph Cathedral

    Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago.

    Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago.

    History and Architecture


    In 1882, after the French army conquered Hanoi, the cathedral was constructed and completed in 1886. The cathedral and Nha Chung area were built on the land formerly belonging to Bao Thien pagoda, which was built under Ly dynasty.

    The architecture with domes of the cathedral follows the Gothic style and design of Paris Cathedral. It is 64.5m in length, 20.5m in width with two bell towers of 31.5m-height. Though the appearance of the cathedral, from the doors, the colorful window glass, to the religious paintings for decoration follows Western style, the main interior part is decorated in Vietnamese way with two typical colors yellow and red. Outside, in front of the cathedral is the statue of Mother Maria.

    Christmas celebration


    The first Christmas took place in the cathedral in 1887. Since then, the cathedral is always crowded with hundreds of people including both Christians and non-Christians at the weekend or during religious holidays like Christmas.

    Visitor Information


    Today, taking advantage of beautiful architecture and good venue at the center of the city, the area surrounding the cathedral is always packed with hundreds of local people and tourists hanging out with friends for drinking, talking, and watching the street.

    Nha Chung Street now becomes the “Lemon Tea” street, a popular gathering place to many youngsters in Hanoi, and home to eye-catching souvenir shops and Western style restaurants. It is not only the holly place for Christian couples hold their wedding, but also a great venue for non- religious grooms and brides to take nice wedding shots.

    How to get there


    From Hoan Kiem Lake head to Hang Gai Street, keep going until you reach Ly Quoc Su Street on the left hand side. Walk pass Ly Quoc Su and you will reach Nha Chung – the Cathedral is the connecting point of these two streets.

  • Ta hien – Beer street in hanoi

    Ta hien – Beer street in hanoi

    Tạ Hiên Street is located in the centre of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and it is famous for crowned atmosphere and cool beer. It is a favourite destination of people in all ages like students, labours and especially tourists from all over the world.

  • Bún đầu mắm tôm

    Top spots for bun dau mam tom in Hanoi

    Though not as well-known as its culinary cousins such as pho and bun chabun dau mam tom is another classic street food dish in the capital.

  • Where to eat bun cha in Hanoi

    Where to eat bun cha in Hanoi

    Bun cha may very well be Hanoi’s most famous dish. It can be found in southern Vietnam as well, but it just doesn’t taste the same. The best bun cha is served at 34 Hang Than, a small, very cheap eatery with plenty of flavor.

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