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In the past, Hanoi was the imperial city of many dynasties. It was once the capital of Indochina – a French colonial territory. Now it is the capital of an independent country known for its peace and hospitality.

There is no doubt that the city has a lot to tell because of its long history. It is uncommon for you to encounter a curvy sophisticated traditional temple standing next to French colonial architecture. The scene might look strange but unique and speaks volumes of how Hanoi has developed through its rough history.

Hanoi is a city of temples and pagodas, many of which such as Tran Quoc Pagoda or Ngoc Son temple date back a thousand years ago and transcend time. They are not just religious centers and shelters, but also symbols of sophisticated traditional Vietnamese architecture.

You may also visit the History museum where thousands of stories are told visually by the artifacts or used weapons. Fortunately, other must-see places are just around. One of them is Uncle Ho’s mausoleum in front of which is Ba Dinh square. The square is the place Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, the so-called national birth certificate. Behind the standout mausoleum is the humble presidential palace and the garden with plenty of trees he planted on his own.

Most of these places are relics of the past and of Hanoi’s affluent history. The current Hanoi will surprise you even more. Visit the city and run it. And to make it more fun, just let Go! Running Tours run with you!