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Ancient Cities in Vietnam

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Vietnam is well-known for its cultural heritage and history. Over thousands of years, the old traditions and customs have still captured the imagination of international visitors. If you decide to travel to Vietnam, you will have a golden opportunity to be a time traveler and go back in time in these ancient cities.


Hanoi Flag Tower

As we see it nowadays, Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and political center. Still, 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, making 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 the 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’s land over the years. Visiting Long Bien Bridges is among the top must-do things in Hanoi. Built in 1898 by the French, the 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, the Long Bien Bridge has been rebuilt and become a witness to many historical events.

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi’s backpackers’ street


Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, and it is one of the most worth-visiting ancient cities in Vietnam. Contrary to the hustle and bustle of the two big metropolitans, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Hue is more peaceful and tranquil.

In 1993, the Complex of Hue Monuments became a UNESCO heritage site. Another UNESCO heritage of this ancient city is Hue’s ritual royal music. Proclaimed by UNESCO as the masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, “Nha Nhac” (The Royal Refined Music) is one of the main tourist attractions. In the old days, music was played for the royals and on special occasions only, but now everyone who visits Hue can enjoy the music and the ancient royal ambiance.

One of the must-see tourist attractions here is Hue Citadel, which represents the imperial lifestyle of the past. The place was constructed to face the Huong River (Perfume River). Within Hue Citadel, there are Imperial City (Hoang Thanh), Forbidden City (Tu Cam Thanh), and other royal tombs.


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 world regions.

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Hoi An was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. At the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century, many Japanese and Chinese people arrived to settle down, making Hoi An a fusion of many different cultures. Nowadays, when you come to the town, you can see bridges with Japanese architecture, ancient Chinese temples, and archaic French constructions.

There are so many places you can visit to experience a step back in time and blend in the cultural diversity, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, Trieu Chau Assembly Hall, Old House of Tan Ky, etc.

Conclusion of Ancient Cities in Vietnam

Visiting these ancient cities in Vietnam will satisfy your longing to travel to new lands and 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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