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Hanoi Old City Gate

The attractive shape of the only city gate remaining in Hanoi harks back to a time when the city was under siege.

Walk through the arched main entrance of the Hanoi Old City Gate and imagine being one of the soldiers who heroically defended the city from this spot during several sieges, as well as the French and American wars. Admire the curved roof of the central tower and gaze up at the red and yellow Vietnamese flag flying in the wind.

Built in 1749, this is the last remaining gate of the many that once surrounded the perimeter of the old city. Known locally as Quan Chuong, it takes its name from a military leader who lost his life fighting the French here in 1843. Reflect on the fact that the gate was important once again in resisting the French in 1946 to 1947.

Note that the gate was also used as a strategic military point during the war against the U.S., with anti-aircraft guns placed here. The gate has maintained its original shape and structure although several restorations have taken place.  

The main entrance of the gate faces east toward the Red River. As you approach, you will see the imposing arched entrance. This stands 10 feet (3 meters) high and consists of two levels. Look up to view the traditional curved roof of the gray tower on the upper level. As you get closer, you may also notice a small stele (inscribed column). This was erected in 1882 and includes an order inscribed into it prohibiting soldiers from causing harm to passersby.

Continue through the smaller pedestrian walkways that flank the main entrance to reach the heart of the old town of Hanoi. Here, be sure to check out the vast array of markets where you can find fresh fruit and vegetables or beautiful handmade silk clothing for bargain prices.

Hanoi Old City Gate is located at the intersection that joins Hang Chieu and Dao Duy Tu Street and is directly north of Hoan Kiem Lake.


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Hanoi Horse Hotel ¥2,043
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Hanoi Horse Hotel

9 Hang Muoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi Old City Gate, and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple and Dong Xuan Market are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 12 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 28 minutes.

    Imperial Hotel & Spa ¥2,377
    Imperial Hotel & Spa

    Imperial Hotel & Spa

    44 Hang Hanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Gai Street, and Hanoi Old Town Night Market. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 22 minutes.

      Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa ¥3,339
      Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa

      Bonsella Prestige Hotel and Spa

      23-25 Nguyen Sieu, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is steps from Bach Ma Temple and Hanoi Old City Gate. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 25 minutes.

        Melia Hanoi ¥11,383
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        Melia Hanoi

        44b Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoa Lo Prison Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hanoi Opera House and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 25 minutes.

          Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa ¥2,511
          Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

          Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

          12 Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Opera House and Hanoi War Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Long Bien Station is 16 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 21 minutes.

            JM Marvel Hotel & Spa ¥1,705
            JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

            JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

            16 Hàng Da Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Oldquater
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 14 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes.

              Hanoi Space Hotel ¥2,068
              Hanoi Space Hotel

              Hanoi Space Hotel

              40 Ma May, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 27 minutes.

                La Siesta Premium Hang Be ¥10,931
                La Siesta Premium Hang Be

                La Siesta Premium Hang Be

                27 Hang Be street, Hanoi, Ha Noi
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Old City Gate and Dong Xuan Market are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 13 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 25 minutes.