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Ho Chi Minh Complex & Temple of Literature Walking Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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This walking tour will take you to Ho Chi Minh Complex and Temple of Literature which are the 2 most popular attractions in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh was the leading figure of the country and visiting this place will give more insight into Vietnam history. Temple of Literature is where you can observe the culture and architecture of ancient Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh Complex & Temple of Literature FREE Walking Tour is for anyone who wants to gain deeper insight and understanding of the history and culture of Vietnam.


  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex and Temple of Literature.
  • Insight into Vietnamese history and culture
  • Save money and time because it’s FREE


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Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or meeting point as the arranged time. We’ll then head to the first destination of our journey – Ho Chi Minh Complex.

Ho Chi Minh Complex
Ho Chi Minh Complex

In Ho Chi Minh Complex, we’ll discover all the attractions here including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Residence, One Pillar Pagoda. Visit the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh and his preserved body in the the center of Hanoi. Gain more understanding of history in Ba Dinh Square –where President Ho Chi Minh made the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. Then, we head for Ho Chi Minh's Residence (or Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House). President Ho Chi Minh lived in this stilt house during the last 11 years of his life (1958 - 1969). Tour guide’ll tell you about the life and works of Ho Chi Minh and about the history of Vietnam. We’ll keep walking to One Pillar Pagoda – the most unique pagoda architecture of Asia. It has the shape of a lotus rising from the water. Many people come here to wish for luck and fortune. Ho Chi Minh Museum is the last destination in Ho Chi Minh Complex. This historic museum was created in the 1990s and devoted to President Ho Chi Minh. The museum exhibits artefacts of Ho Chi Minh's life and Vietnam's revolution against invaders. Come in and explore a little bit more.

Temple Of Literature
Temple Of Literature

After that, we head for Temple of Literature. Originally built as a university dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages in the 11th century, the building is extremely well preserved and is a representative example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Before graduation, this is a common spot for students to shoot some photos for their yearbook. Students also flock here before important examinations to pray for good results. Ong Do (Vietnamese calligraphers) sit patiently inside or around the Literature Temple to produce great meaningful handwritings on red paper. Beautiful words express different wishes for good fortune from people. Then, our tour guide will drop you off at your hotel or you can continue your journey.

[Optional] Water Puppet Theatre (Only available for the afternoon tour)

We then go to Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, one of the popular theatre of Hanoi city. The water puppet show is native to North Vietnam, so it is a great idea to watch this unique form of traditional culture art in the original location at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Water Puppet is one of the traditional form of art performance of Vietnamese. Vietnamese folk tales and legends are recounted with authentic Vietnamese operatic songs and traditional musical instruments.

[Optional] A round of cyclo in Hanoi Old Quater
[Optional] A round of cyclo in Hanoi Old Quater

Cyclo (also know as Xich Lo in Vietnam), you may not be familiar with this type of vehicle but it used to be the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam in the 19th century. Though not as commonly used, Xich Lo is still a representation of the Vietnamese way of life that you should not miss whenever visiting Vietnam. How about end your tour with a round of Cyclo in Hanoi Old Quarter or anywhere you want to go in 1 hour? Then you will be drop off at your hotel in the Old Quater.


End the tour at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Say goodbye and see you again!


  • Tour guide (available with English speaking local guide)
  • Free Pick-up and Drop-off (Hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter)
  • Transfer fees (Private car is recommended)
  • Entrance fees (if any)
  • Personal expenses (foods, drinks, tips)
  • Tips or gratuities for tour guides


0 – 3 hours

Tour's Location

Hanoi, Vietnam



Student guide requires no charges! Guests should be nice to cover all fees for guide! Expenses: 120.000 VND or $5/Pax The ticket price for attraction below are 30.000VND ($1.2/pax), Discount 50% for Student with ID card, Free for under-6-year-old Kids.  The Attractions which are not mentioned will be free of charge. Should Bring: Sunscreen, Sun Hat, Comfortable shoes, Cover-knee pants when visiting the temple

Payment & Cancellation

As AZ Local NPO Policy, you will pay for the expenses during the tour Free Cancellation within 48 hours


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Ho Chi Minh Complex & Temple of Literature Walking Tour

amazing time

we booked this tour because of many positive reviews on tripadvisor. we really had a good time with the beautiful guide, Jenny. she is a local university student and speaks English very well. Highly recommend!
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    Ho Chi Minh Complex & Temple of Literature Walking Tour

    Friendly guide and meaningful trip!

    Ly picked me up at the meeting point and she is very cute and friendly. Also she speaks English very well. We talked about the Vietnamese culture when visiting Temple of Literature. She knows many exciting stories and lessons. And I listen to the life of Ho Chi Minh presidents. I and my boyfriend love this tour. After that, we also experience the cyclo to wander around old quarter. Everything is very great!
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