Vietnam for History and Art Lovers

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Visit a 6th Century Pagoda in Hanoi

If historic attractions are what you’re after, you can’t do much better than a morning exploring the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi. This is the oldest Buddhist temple in the whole city, dating back to the 11th century, and it’s located on a small island in a lake, which makes the experience of visiting the pagoda that much more special. On the grounds, you can also find a cutting from the same Bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat and meditated.

Trek Through Cuc Phuong National Park

If you are the kind of person who goes on holiday to get away from the stresses of urban life and to immerse yourself in the quietude of nature, you will certainly want to know about Cuc Phuong National Park, which is the country’s largest national park. Inside the park you will find an endangered primate rescue centre, beautiful botanical gardens, a turtle conservation centre, and dozens of trails that make it easy for you to trek through the greenery.

Discover Ancient Artefacts at the Museum of Vietnamese History

There are lots of museums around the country where you can learn about the Vietnam War, but what if you want to get a glimpse into Ancient Vietnamese History? The Museum of Vietnamese History in Saigon is the perfect place. There is an astounding number of items, and highlights include artefacts from the Bronze Age Dong Son civilisation, which dates back to 2000 BC, and the Funan civilisation. History buffs will be enamoured.

Discover Cham Art in Da Nang

The Cham people are an indigenous group in the country whose roots date back to the 2nd century. They have their own traditional cultures, and you can explore Cham art in the Museum of Cham Sculpture in the coastal town of Da Nang. This museum actually has the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts, including altars, lingas, garudas, and images of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu that all date way back to a period in between the 5th and 15th centuries.

Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda

The Thien Mu Pagoda is a temple located in the city of Hue, and at seven stories in height, it is the tallest religious building in the entire country. The construction of the pagoda dates back to 1601, so it’s a great place to get a feeling for the country’s religious culture, and also its history. There are beautiful gardens surrounding the pagoda, so this is a lovely spot for passing a peaceful afternoon.

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