Spend Liberation Day in Hanoi for Fun and Adventure

October's crisp Autumn weather has made the city a popular destination for tourists.

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Visitors to Hanoi on Capital Liberation Day, which occurs on October 10, can enjoy a variety of activities provided by the local tourism industry.

The Temple of Literature is currently hosting a photo exhibition titled “Hanoi – 15 Years of Expanded Administrative Boundaries” in the Thai Hoc courtyard, which is worth spending a significant amount of time exploring.

Sofia Loren, a British tourist who attended the exhibition’s opening ceremony on October 5, expressed her delight, saying, “I am thrilled to see these beautiful photos of Hanoi. They help me better understand the capital’s development over time.”

This exhibition, which runs until October 11, aims to offer tourists visiting Hanoi a comprehensive view of the city.

In the meantime, the management board of Hoa Lo Prison Relic is presenting an exhibition called “The Roar of the Red” until December 31. The exhibition features two themes: “Long Resistance War” and “History Day,” and has already attracted significant attention from both locals and visitors.

Visitors attend the exhibition entitled “Sword Lake: East-West Intersection”. Photo: VNA

At the iconic Sword Lake, the Management Board of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s Old Quarter, in collaboration with the National Archives Center I, is showcasing 100 documents, pictures, design drawings, and planning maps under the theme “Sword Lake, East-West Intersection” at the Hoan Kiem Cultural Information Center and along Le Thai To Street.

Tran Thi Thuy Lan, deputy director of the Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter Management Board, stated that this exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the transformation of Hoan Kiem Lake’s landscape and historical-cultural space from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century.

In addition to weekly tours, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, in collaboration with the National Archives Center I, is hosting the exhibition “The Citadel and Streets in Old Days.”

Nguyen Thanh Quang, director of the Thang Long – Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center, emphasized that this event will enhance the appeal of the Imperial Citadel and provide visitors with a more immersive experience in October.

Ngo Kim Thuy, a resident of Me Tri Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, visited the Hoa Lo Prison Relic and Thang Long Imperial Citadel with a group of women to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the capital’s liberation. She expressed, “Many tourist destinations in Hanoi are currently holding meaningful exhibitions during the October 10 period, which not only attract international tourists but also evoke fond memories for local residents when they visit familiar historical sites.”

In addition to exhibitions and displays, theatrical groups in the capital are performing artistic programs and exciting shows during this time, providing tourists with more options for evening activities.

Opportunities to Attract Tourists

The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Hanoi. Photo: Duy Khanh/ The Hanoi Times

Hanoi is currently in the peak travel season, especially for international visitors. The celebration of the 69th anniversary of the capital’s liberation day further enhances its appeal, attracting more tourists through cultural and entertainment activities.

Hanoi boasts numerous historical sites associated with significant events, such as Hanoi Flag Tower, Hanoi Opera House, Hoang Thanh Thang Long (Ancient Citadel), Hanoi Railway Station, Dong Xuan Market, etc. These places served as important locations during the capital’s liberation on October 10, 1954. Phung Quang Thang, vice chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, described them as “red addresses” for tourists to explore.

Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, deputy director of the Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center, shared that since the end of September, Hanoi has hosted various events to honor the capital’s Liberation Day, including the Hanoi Autumn Festival, which attracted approximately 80,000 visitors.

Dang Huong Giang, director of the Hanoi Tourism Department, mentioned that promotional events in the city to commemorate the capital’s Liberation Day will continue until the end of this month, with the Hanoi Ao Dai Festival being a highlight.

She emphasized, “These historical events associated with the fall season present a great opportunity for the city to enhance its appeal to tourists through unique attractions and cultural activities. Not only do these events enhance the experience of international visitors, but they also evoke fond memories for locals when they visit these historical sites.”