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Culture in Hanoi

Vietnam’s multi-ethnic make-up has FRPELQHG ZLWK KLVWRULF LQÁXHQFHV IURP China – and later France – to make its capital a place of great cultural depth, now making up for lost time in the last century

SIGHTS

Bach Ma Temple

(Den Bach Ma; cnr P Hang Buom & P Hang Giay)

In the heart of the Old Quarter, the small Bach Ma Temple is said to be the oldest temple in the city, though much of the current structure dates from the 18th century and a shrine to Confucius was added in 1839. It was originally built by Emperor Ly Thai To in the 11th century to honour a white horse that guided him to this site, where he chose to construct his city walls.

Heritage House

(Ngoi Nha Di San; 87 P Ma May)

One of the Old Quarter’s very well-restored properties, this traditional merchants’ house is sparsely but beautifully decorated, with rooms set around two courtyards and filled with fine furniture. Note the high steps between rooms, a traditional design incorporated to stop the flow of bad energy around the property.

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