- Learning about the Vietnamese history and the life of President Ho Chi Minh
- Exploring Hanoi of thounsand-year civilization with its temples, pagodas
- Enjoying unique amazing Roi Nuoc (Water Puppet show)
- Take part in cooking class
This tour is the extended trip around Hanoi from half-day Hanoi city tour. In this tour, you will have a chance to discover one of the most special Vietnamese traditional stage performance - Water Puppet Show.
Temple of Literature:
Almost tourists probably is heard of Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. Visiting this ancient complex will give tourists the experience of discovering the Vietnam’s glorious history and the Easten architecture’s uniqueness. Temple of Literature was built with the purpose of worshiping the Confucius, the Confucian sages and mandarin Chu Van An. In the temple, with more than 700 years of operation (1076 - 1802), thousands of talents for the country had been trained and graduated for serving the country. At the present, there are still 82 stelae on stone tortoises’ back which craved the names of successful contestants in the entrance examinations (1442 - 1778).
Returned-Sword Lake (Guom lake) and Ngocson Temple:
The Returned-Sword Lake is the emerald jewel of Hanoi. For many generations, Vietnamese believed that deep in this green water there is a sacred sword of their ancestors, which is carefully safeguarded by the golden tortoise.
Being built on the Jade Islet, Ngocson temple was dedicated to the Confucian, Taoist philosophers and the national hero - Tran Hung Dao. The temple is a popular spot for visitors coming to the lake.
Water Puppet Show
The Water puppet show is the tradition dating back to 11th century. Vietnamese puppet show is a unique variation of puppet tradition in Asia. The puppeteers, hidding behind a screen and standing chest-deep in the water, manipulate the puppets with the musical accompaniment provided by a small orchestra which is led by a narrator. Water puppetry is performed in a chest-deep pool of water, with the water's surface as a stage. The puppeteers stand behind a curtained backdrop. The water puppet show is lively, touching and worth to see.