The Hanoitimes - Tourists will have the opportunity to discover the culture of Hanoi by visiting two famous places this weekend.
The Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) will organize two English-speaking city walks during this weekend. During the first walking tour on June 9, tourists will visit the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The walk will start in front of the Flag Tower with a brief introduction of the citadel.
The group will then proceed into the citadel to learn about and discuss its architecture and history. The tour will start at 9 am and last for about 1.5 hours. Maximum of 14 people. The fee is VND70,000 (US$3) + entrance fee of VND30,000 (US$1,3).
Thang Long Imperial Citadel.
The second tour on June 10 will discover the Hoan Kiem Lake area, starting at 9 am until 11 am. The walk will start in front of Ly Thai To Statue with a brief introduction.
The group will walk around the streets bordering Hoan Kiem Lake, discussing points of interest, stories, history, legends and traditions. Fee VND70,000 (US$3), maximum of 10 people.
The tour gives an overview of the changes to Hanoi that started in the French period (1869-1954). The tour will touch on the development of the education system, town planning and architecture and other aspects of past and present Hanoi, according to FVH’s representative.
Earlier, FVH organized the English-speaking walking tour for foreign visitors to discover the Ba Dinh area and the “French Colonial Quarter” on April, 2018.
This English-speaking walking tour started at Chu Van An School. Tourists made their way to Hanoi’s iconic Ba Dinh Square and focus on a few of the Government buildings in the area, including the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam – formerly the Lycee Albert Sarrault High School, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Then along Chua Mot Cot street and strolling the surrounding avenues passing former villas now home to embassies, the walk brought tourists to Dien Bien Phu street and Hoang Dieu street before ending the tour at Cua Bac (The North Gate) and Cua Bac Church on Phan Dinh Phung street.
FVH is an informal group of mainly Hanoi residents from many countries — including Vietnam. Their basic goal is to preserve and advance Vietnamese heritage and culture, and purpose is to enhance and deepen the understanding of Vietnam’s culture.