Wolfgang's photos with the Hanoi

St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi

St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi
St. Joseph's Cathedral, which anchors one of Hanoi's most touristy streets, offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Speckles of light still dance through stained glass work, leaving a kaleidoscope of color on the towers, which stretch toward the sky. Its door…
Added on October 22, 2008

Along the main road in Hanoi

Along the main road in Hanoi
In the quarter between Hoan Kiem Lake and the Cathedral, you'll find numerous shops with the same selection but of better quality. Vendors know that, so prices are higher than in the Old Quarter.
There are two major shopping malls in Hanoi, Trang Tien Pla…
Added on October 22, 2008

Busy roads in the Hoàn Kiếm Lake district

Busy roads in the Hoàn Kiếm Lake district
The key word here is slowly - don't rush. This way the drivers are aware of you. It may look, and indeed is somewhat chaotic, but if you pay patient and attention when you're crossing any street, large or small, you should feel fine and safe.
Added on October 22, 2008

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
A crowd waiting to see Uncle Ho. Despite Ho Chi Minh's request to be cremated, like communist leaders before him, he was embalmed and put on display. A visit to the mausoleum is a somber experience in the spiritual center of Vietnamese independence. The g…
Added on October 22, 2008

Presidential Palace in Hanoi

Presidential Palace in Hanoi
This French colonial building was originally the living and working headquarters for the Governor General of Indochina. After Vietnam's defeat of the French in 1954, Ho Chi Minh refused to live here, preferring instead the modest cottage on the Palace's g…
Added on October 22, 2008

Viet kiddies waiting to visit Uncle Stilt Ho's house

Viet kiddies waiting to visit Uncle Stilt Ho's house
There is a queue line of many people visiting uncle Ho's house. Their behaving is very disciplined and they beg the foreign visitors to pass the line.
Added on October 22, 2008

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House
Although there are only a few rooms, they are all filled with wind and fragrance from the surrounding garden. The two upstairs rooms are a study and bedroom while the ground floor level contains a meeting table. The carp pond provided opportunities for fi…
Added on October 22, 2008

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House
Ho Chi Minh was the founder and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Although he had the look of a very respectful humble man, he was a great leader. Uncle Ho perfected the art of guerilla and liberated his country form the French. He also def…
Added on October 22, 2008

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum backside

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum backside
After two years of construction, the mausoleum of uncle Ho Chi Minh was officially inaugurated on 29th August 1975. The facade of the mausoleum faces the historic Ba Dinh Square. there is planted a beautiful park behind the monument.
Added on October 22, 2008

The One Pillar Pagoda

The One Pillar Pagoda
Sandwiched between the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Ho Chi Minh Museum is the small yet elegant One Pillar Pagoda. The Pagoda was originally built by Emperor Ly Thai Thong around 1049. It was destroyed by the French just before they quit Hanoi in 1954. T…
Added on October 22, 2008

The main entrance to Văn Miếu, the Temple of Literature to the first court yard

The main entrance to Văn Miếu, the Temple of Literature to the first court yard
The main entrance, walkway and gate was reserved for the use of the Emperor.
Mandarins and students entered the temple through the gates on the left and right.

In the autumn of the year Canh Tuat, the second year of Than Vu (1070), in the 8th lunar mon…
Added on October 22, 2008

Drum tower and door to the second courtyard

Drum tower and door to the second courtyard
Added on October 22, 2008

Văn Miếu, the Temple of Literature

Văn Miếu, the Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature (or Van Mieu) is one of Hanoi's highlights. The temple, an example of ancient Vietnamese architecture, was originally built in 1070 to honor scholars and literacy men. Soon after it became the country's first University. The names…
Added on October 22, 2008

The Second Courtyard in Văn Miếu complex

The Second Courtyard in Văn Miếu complex
Entrance to the third courtyard is through the dominating Khuê Văn Các (constellation of literature), a large pavilion built in 1802. Central to this courtyard is the Thien Quang Tinh ("Well Of Heavenly Clarity"), either side of which stand two great hall…
Added on October 22, 2008

Khuê Văn pavilion to second courtyard

Khuê Văn pavilion to second courtyard
The second courtyard, looking towards the Khue Van pavilion, which allows entry to the third courtyard.
Added on October 22, 2008

Inside the Văn Miếu Temple of Literature

Inside the Văn Miếu Temple of Literature
Many Vietnamese students come here to pray for success in their studies, especially before their big exams. It is a masterpiece of temple architecture honoring knowledge and those who pursue the rigorous path of learning.
Added on October 22, 2008

Water puppets as souvenirs

Water puppets as souvenirs
Souvenir Water Puppets from Hanoi's Famous Water Puppet Theater on Sale in the Courtyard of the Temple of Literature.
Added on October 22, 2008

Crossing the Huc Bridge over the Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Crossing the Huc Bridge over the Hoàn Kiếm Lake
Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword" or "Lake of the Restored Sword", also known as Hồ Gươm - Sword Lake is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serv…
Added on October 22, 2008