Historic landmarks in Hanoi Ba Dinh Square

 If Hanoi is the heart of the country, Ba Dinh Square is the capital's heart. This is not only a sacred land with historical value but also a famous cultural tourist spot. Here, visitors will admire the vast park, reminisce about Uncle and explore many surrounding attractions. 

About Ba Dinh Square

Ba Dinh Square  holds the record as the largest square in Vietnam with a length of 320m and a width of 100m, accommodating 20,000 people. This sacred site is located on Hung Vuong Street, bordering the Central Office of the Vietnamese Communist Party to the North, the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the South, the North Mausoleum on the West and the Ba Dinh Hall to the East. 

The square now has 240 green fields all year round, evoking the image of mats scattered in the communal courtyards of ancient Vietnamese villages. In the center is a 30m high flagpole. These are witnesses to many important national events. 


How to move to Ba Dinh Square? 

Ba Dinh Square is located on the same large, airy land, traffic is not crowded, so traveling is quite easy. If you ride a motorbike, you can go in two directions: Ngoc Ha street or Ong Ich Khiem street. When you arrive, park your car and go in. 

In addition, there are a number of buses that have access to the plaza. If you are in Bao Son Thien Duong, you only need to get on bus number 3 or 16. If you are at Thang Long University, take a 50 or 29 car. From Children's Palace, there are cars 32 and 20C, ... According to Hanoi travel experience , Usually the bus will stop at the waiting station quite near Ba Dinh Square, you just need to go a little longer to arrive. 


History of Ba Dinh Square

At first, Ba Dinh Square was just a gate located to the west of the relic of Hoang Thanh Thang Long. Previously, this was a busy trading place with many traditional handicraft village products. By the early 20th century, the French colonialists had redeveloped the administrative center of Indochina, so the Square was named Round Square or Puginier Garden. 


History of Ba Dinh Square(Photo: toloannguyenn)


In the period when the Japanese government overtook France, declaring Vietnam a completely independent country, Governor Tran Van Lai changed the name of the Square to Ba Dinh flower garden with the purpose of commemorating Dinh's fight. Cong Trang fought against the French colonialists in Ba Dinh. When the August Revolution was successful, President Ho Chi Minh stood here to read the declaration of independence. From that moment on, the name Ba Dinh Square or Independence Square was born. In the period of 1947 - 1954, the Governor-General of France changed its name to Hong Bang flower garden. Through many changes, until 1954, the name Ba Dinh Square is used until now. 

Currently, the Square is the place where major events of the country take place, the meetings of the Party Central Committee and the National Assembly. Typical are the parade, rally, parade, parade. Especially, on weekdays, there will be the flag-raising ceremony taking place at 6am in summer, 6:30 in winter, the flag lowering ceremony takes place at 9pm. 

Attractive experiences at Hanoi Ba Dinh Square

Watch the flag-raising ceremony 

An attractive experience that you cannot ignore when coming to Ba Dinh Square is to admire the flag-raising ceremony. Note that please come early. Then watching the red flag with yellow stars fluttering in the wind will make the love of the country rise strongly.

See the parade, parade 

In addition to seeing the flag-raising scene, another extremely majestic scene that many visitors enjoy is watching the parade ceremony. The soldiers guarding the tomb in pure white clothes walked extremely solemnly, bringing solemnity and solemnity.  

Outstanding works around Hanoi Ba Dinh Square 

Mausoleum of the President 

The Presidential Mausoleum is the building located right behind Ba Dinh Square , built in 1973 on the foundation of the old castle building. Possesses a unique architecture, made entirely of stone and has sacred historical significance. Every day, Uncle Ho's mausoleum welcomes thousands of tourists to visit and visit. Probably the most crowded is on the holidays April 30, September 2. 

Presidential Palace 

The Presidential Palace is located on the premises of the Square. This is a residence built by the French colonialist with French-style architecture, with many unique classical details. There is a regular ceremony to welcome heads of state, ... 


Ho chi minh museum

Located in the south of Ba Dinh Square is Ho Chi Minh Museum. This is a destination that receives great attention from many tourists of many ages. Although it is a museum on display, this work was built with a fairly modern style. This is a place to keep many artifacts, historical documents, images about Uncle Ho's career, ... 


One Pillar Pagoda 

One Pillar Pagoda is a name that is no longer unfamiliar to many people. The pagoda was built in 1049 and has been remodeled many times. In 1955, the pagoda was rebuilt with the same original shape.

The most special feature of this architecture is that the temple was built on the water, making many people think of it like a lotus growing in the middle of the lake. Inside, there is a statue of Guanyin sitting on a lotus. Although the area of ​​the pagoda is small, there are always many tourists coming to offer incense, worship and visit. 


Note when coming to Ba Dinh Square

  • If you choose to visit Ba Dinh Square early in the morning, you will be able to visit Uncle Ho's mausoleum. If you go in the afternoon, you just go around to visit outside. 
  • Strictly prohibit littering indiscriminately, not stepping on grass. 
  • The square does not sell tickets.  

Over the years, ups and downs of the nation's history,  today's Hanoi Ba Dinh Square has become a sacred mark, a national pride. This is also a destination that all Vietnamese people want to visit once.

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