The Most Instagrammable Spots in Hanoi, Vietnam

The pretty scarlet bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake makes for a beautiful backdrop for a photo
The pretty scarlet bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake makes for a beautiful backdrop for a photo | © All Canada Photos / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Piumi Rajapaksha
6 September 2021

Hanoi is an Instagrammer’s dream, with beautiful architecture, parks and landscapes to snap. But if you really want to spice up your feed, you’ll need to know where to go. Here are the best places for photos in the city.

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Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Bridge, Buddhist Temple, Park
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Hanoi, Vietnam; Early morning Tai Chi near Hoan Kiem lake
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Just by the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists. In the middle of the water is an island on which the Ngoc Son Temple stands, reachable via a pretty scarlet bridge. The scenic sight is often used as a backdrop for engagement photoshoots.

Areas near Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Museum, Park
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People queuing to visit Ho Chi Minh's grand mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam
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You will find the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh in a glass case at the mausoleum. While you can visit and pay your respects, you are not allowed to take pictures inside. However, there are plenty of opportunities nearby, such as the Bach Thao Park, Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ba Dinh Square.

Temple of Literature

Buddhist Temple, University
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Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
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This is the oldest university in Vietnam. It was initially intended for noble families, but later took a more egalitarian approach to admissions. Built in 1070, it’s one of the oldest (and most beautiful) structures in the city. You can visit with Culture Trip on our specially curated small-group Vietnam adventure, led by our Local Insider.

Huong Pagoda (Perfume Pagoda)

Buddhist Temple
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Buddhist temple at Huong Pagoda or Perfume Pagoda, My Duc District, Vietnam.
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Huong Pagoda – locally known as Chua Huong (Inner Temple) – is part of a series of temples built into a mountain around the 15th century. To get there is an adventure, which includes a long boat ride and a rather arduous hike. Plenty of nature will surround you, giving you many opportunities to take beautiful pictures.

Lenin Garden

Park
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Monument 1982 Vladimir Lenin in Hanoi city. Sculptor Tyurenkova. Statue was presented to Vietnam by communist party of USSR
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Offering respite from the bustle of the city, this garden has a giant statue of – you guessed it – Vladimir Lenin. It was offered by Vietnam as goodwill to commemorate his 110th birthday and makes for an impressive photo.

Bun Cha Huong Lien 2

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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Where Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain dined, Bun Cha Huong Lein Restaurant, Hanoi,Vietnam, Asia
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This restaurant shot to popularity when President Barack Obama was invited by American chef Anthony Bourdain to eat a local lunchtime favourite: bun cha. After they finished their meal, the table was left uncleaned and moved to a corner, where it is now enclosed in glass. The name of the restaurant changed too and they introduced a new item to the menu: the Obama Combo. It’s definitely Instagrammable – providing a humorous insight into the culture.

These recommendations were updated on September 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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