Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital, is full of heritage and imperialism. Formerly a French – Indochina colony, the city has been the administrative centre of the country ever since. The French made the city bloom under their influence – building churches and opera also making it modern simultaneously. The old quarters of the city contain landmarks such as – Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and Hanoi Pagoda, to name a few. The city has many a times been called as the ‘City of Lakes’, also being an important part of the city’s culture, being used for jogging, cycling and also for serving as a sunset point. They entitled it as ‘Paris of the East’ for having broad avenues, French-styled villas, opera houses and cathedrals. Museums in the city are the history dwellers and a vital part of the Hanoians, being Ho Chi Minh Museum, National Museum of Vietnamese History and Hoa Lo Prison the not-to-be-missed ones. Most of the cuisine in the country is believed ho have been originated in Hanoi. Bún ch? (roasted pork with vermicelli noodle soup) and Ph? (a simple noodle soup) are the dishes that the locals simply can’t live eating without. Old quarter of the city provides some of the best cafes wherein the street food is something to die for.
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