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What are the best temples & historical sites in Vietnam ?

edited August 2014 in - Vietnam
The Cao Dai Holy See
The spiritual home base of the Cao Dai religion, a unique contemporary faith, the Holy See is a fantasyland of colored mosaics and elaborates painting. Followers are dressed in white turbans during the picturesque daily procession. 

Tomb of Khai Dinh: 
The egotistical, eccentric emperor Khai Dinh left behind a tomb that is a gaudy mix of Gothic, baroque, and classical Chinese architecture. Quite unique. 

The Tunnels of Vinh Moc and Cu Chi: 
Faced with devastating air raids, both of these sites supported large groups of soldiers and civilians who used the tunnels as supply lines, as escape routes, and as bases for waging a devastating guerilla campaign against U.S. forces. Day trips to either site are memorable. See p. 202 and 328.

Hoa Lo Prison (Known as Hanoi Hilton Prison): 
Home to U.S. pilots—including John McCain—who was shot down during the Vietnamese war with the U.S., Hoa Lo Prison is now a small museum (most of it was demolished for a high-rise). A good glimpse into Vietnam’s grisly past. 

Reunification Palace: 
In 1975 tanks rolled over the gates of the prime minister’s palace, signaling an end to the Vietnam War. You can see the actual tanks on-site. 

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  • Historical Sites are:
    1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum houses the tomb of the famous Vietnamese leader and former President of North Vietnam.
    2. Ho Chi Minh Museum Ho Chi Minh Museum: The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi is a museum dedicated to the former President of North Vietnam.
    3. Saint Joseph Cathedral: Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago.
    4. Vong Canh Hill: Just 43m high, the hill is located 7km from Hue centre, with its foot lying next to slowly flowing Perfume River. On the way to Tu Duc Tomb, there’s a hill called Vong Canh, which at first seems to be quite normal amongst other famous sightseeing spots of Hue
    5. Hue Temple of Literature: In Hue, the old capital of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature (so-called Van Mieu Hue or Van Thanh) majestically lies on the bank of Perfume River, to the west of the Citadel, just 1km from prestigious Linh Mu pagoda.
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