Hanoi temple and pagoda tour (full day)

One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda


Duration:  1 day

Group size:  1-12 pax

Itinerary: N

You want to explore Hanoi in a different way other than a paid tours with arranged service? Join us with our free tour guide service. They are volunteer tour guides from English clubs, willing to show you the best of Hanoi in a very different way. This trip takes you to discover the most beautiful and famous temples and pagodas of Hanoi capital.


  • Free full day tour with volunteer guide
  • Private tour, departure date upon request
  • discover the most beautiful and famous temples and pagodas of Hanoi capital.

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Tour information:

  • Tour code: T88HNF13
  • Tour duration: Full day (09.00 – 17.00)
  • Group size: From 01 pax
  • Tour type: Free & easy private tour
  • Available language: English
  • Destinations: Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, West Lake


09.00AM Our tour guide will welcome you at the hotel then take you to the Ho Chi Minh complex. You can take the chance to visit:

– Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum: where the body of the president is kept.


  • Opening time: 5 days per week, except Monday and Friday.
  • Cold seasons (from November to March) 8:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m
  • Hot seasons (from April to October): 7:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m
  • Closed once per year in October/ November/ or December for the body maintenance
  • No camera, cell phone, bare-shoulder T-shirts, or mini skirts are allowed inside

– Ba Dinh square: where Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum lies, is a historical site where President Ho Chi Minh read the Independence Declaration of Vietnam on September 2nd, 1945.

– Ho Chi Minh’s Residence: Refusing to live in the Presidential palace, President Ho Chi Minh lived in a normal electrician’s house nearby. The house has two floors and the beloved President lived here from 1958 until he passed away.

– One Pillar Pagoda: an ancient pagoda built in 1049 under the Ly Dynasty.


  • Opening time: The pagoda is open daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • Entrance is free.
  • Remember to wear full-length clothes when you visit any pagoda.

After that, you will have time to visit the Temple of Literature. Take your time to learn more about this beautiful site and take nice photoshoots as well.

You will have 2 hours free for lunch before taking the walking tour to explore one of the most beautiful road in Hanoi – Thanh Nien Road which connects the two most romantic lakes of Hanoi: West Lake and Truc Bach Lake. 2 famous site you will disover in the afternoon is Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh temple.

Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism partly for it is the oldest pagoda and situated in the center of the capital of Vietnam. More importantly, unlike other ordinary pagodas, Tran Quoc Pagoda was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, ten shrines and the belfry. Inside the pagoda, there are many valuable statues, such as the red lac statue trimmed with gold of Sakyamouni Buddha’s Parinirvana

Quan Thanh Temple is a Taoist temple, dated to the 11th century. The temple was dedicated to Xuan Wu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. As one of the Four Sacred Temples of the capital, Quan Thanh Temple is one of the leading tourist attractions in Hanoi which can be combined with Tran Quoc Pagoda as they are located on the same road.

Thanh Niem road is famous with “Banh Tom Ho Tay” and Truc Bach streetfood. Refresh yourself there if you want before heading back to your hotel.

What’s Included

  • Pickup at hotel
  • English speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Transfer fees (if any)
  • Entrance fees (if any)
  • personal expenses (foods, drinks, tips).

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