A day in Hanoi
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Today we had the entire day for the Vietnamese capital. Most sights are in walking distance, so that's what we did. Passing lake Hoan Kiem we soon arrived at the biggest colonial building of the city: St. Josef cathedral. Build by the French I thought to see the Notre Dame of Paris..
Highlight of the city and "must see" is the Temple of Literature. The oldest building of Hanoi was erected in honour of the chinese philosopher Confucius in 1070 BC and exits of 5 courtyards behind the Van Mieu entrance gate. Eye catchers are the Khue Van Cac gate, the turtle group, the temple and altare of Confucius and Thien Quang Tinh (well of Heaven Clarity).
Mr. Lenin looks towards the museum for war history and the flag tower, which gives nice views of the city. Unfortunately it was closed on our arrival. Dien Bien Phu street goes directly to the parade grounds and the mausoleum with the body of Nguyen Tat Thanh, aka Ho Chi Min. Contrary to his last will he was not cremated but balsemed and put on exibition...