Architectural, Cultural sights in Hanoi
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The traditional houses of the Old Quarter are a huge part of the neighbourhood's appeal, but you'll rarely have an opportunity to see beyond their shopfronts. Here, you can - this house is a beauty, lovingly restored and frozen in its late-19th-century condition. The woodwork upstairs is particularly impressive, and it's surprising to see how effectively the courtyard creates an open, livable space.
The small Old Quarter house where Ho Chi Minh lived in 1945 has been converted into a museum. Ho drafted the Declaration of Independence while living and working here. The exhibit of photos on the ground floor is worth a quick look, as are Ho's upstairs living quarters, where you can soak in the frozen-in-time feel of the place.