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Top 5 Vietnamese Attractions That Presidents of The United States Have Visited

Vietnam is a country that many Presidents of The United States have visited in. In their diplomatic trip, they usually choose an attraction to visit. These attractions are famous and great valued with Vietnamese, and these should be your consideration in your Vietnam’s trip.

  1. The Temple of Literature

The temple of literature is located in the centre of Ha Noi capital, so it is very easy to come when you fly to Noi Bai airport (Ha Noi city). It is Vietnam’s first national university.

The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages, the building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture. This ancient site offers a lake of literature, the Well of Heavenly Clarity, turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by royalty. Visiting the Temple of Literature, you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands of doctors’ graduate in what has now become a memorial to education and literature.

The Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature used to welcome the heads of many countries to visit in the past, included the United States.

President Bill Clinton along with his wife and daughter came to this place on his first official visit to Vietnam.

  1. The National Museum of Vietnamese History

The National Museum of Vietnamese History is located in Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi capital, not far away from the airport. The museum highlights Vietnam’s prehistory (about 300,000–400,000 years ago) up to the August 1945 Revolution. It has over 200,000 exhibits displayed covering items from prehistory up to the 1947 revolution and founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

As one of the typical colonial architecture of Hanoi capital, the National Museum of Vietnamese History is a visit point of many foreign tourists visiting Hanoi.

The National Museum of Vietnamese History

In November 2000, before leaving Hanoi to go to Ho Chi Minh City, President Bill Clinton and his wife visited this museum.

  1. Ho Chi Minh city fine art museum

Being one of the largest fine arts centers of Vietnam, Fine Arts Museum is conveniently located near the Ben Thanh Market, at 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The building that houses the museum was originally a mansion of a Chinese during colonial time and after. It was owned by Mr. Hoa, the wealthiest man of Saigon at the time, who also owned other famous buildings in the city such as Majestic Hotel and Tu Du Hospital.

This yellow-white grand colonial-era mansion is a combination of French and Chinese styles which brings about a typical colonial feeling through its marble floors throughout and the spacious, airy rooms. It’s no wonder that the building is considered as a masterpiece itself by most people.

Ho Chi Minh city fine art museum

This attraction is also the only point that President Bill Clinton visited when he arrived in HCMC in 2000.

  1. Cua Bac Church

Cua Bac church is an ancient church in Hanoi capital. It is an architecture with many unique features in a combination of Asian – European style, creating more beauty in the urban space of Hanoi. It shows the mixture of tropical scenery with Eastern culture.

Cua Bac church

On the morning of November 19, 2006, when attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Leadership Conference (APEC) in Vietnam, US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush attended a Mass at Cua Bac church.

  1. Ngoc Hoang pagoda

Ngoc Hoang (Jade Emperor) is a pagoda more than 100 years old in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh City.

Built at the turn of the 20th Century by a community of Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China, this pagoda is a fine representation of Mahayanist branch of Buddhism that is practiced widely in Vietnam.

Ngoc Hoang Pagoda

US President Barrack Obama visited the temple on the afternoon of May 24, 2016.

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