Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (3)

Welcome back to Hanoi. We were heading back to the city for our lunch.

Another typical life style of the people in Hanoi having a meal on the side of the road on stools. A very common sight.

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A Vietnamese lady playing the Vietnamese bamboo musical instrument in the restaurant that we had lunch.

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After lunch, we headed to the West Lake (Hồ Tây) which is a freshwater lake in the center of Hanoi, Vietnam. This is the largest lake in the capital and a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas.

Before stopping at the lake, we visited one of Vietnam’s ancient Four Sacred Temples built during the reign of King Ly Thai To from 1010 to 1028. The temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, trees and flowers in its structure. It was said that visitors who visited were encouraged to pray for health, luck and happiness during their visit to Quan Thanh Temple.

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You could hire boats to go around the lake or have lunch on a floating restaurant.

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The entrance to the small island where the oldest pagoda is found.

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Trấn Quốc Pagoda in Hanoi is the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De. It was believed that the age of this pagoda is around 1,400 years old.

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One of the building in the temple ground.

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After that, we headed to see the famous water puppet show in Hanoi near the Hoan Kiem Lake. Very interesting performance to watch.

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The people behind the scene who are controlled and played the puppets in the water.

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4 thoughts on “Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (3)

  1. The puppeteers actually stand in the water. Whoa, that’s certainly different! I would imagine it would be fun to watch. Who thinks of these ideas?

  2. Pingback: Our holiday adventure to Vietnam | Happy #Birthday Bron :-) | Yummy Lummy

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