Hanoi Botanical Garden, also known as Botanical Park, is a green park located northwest of Hanoi. Founded in the early years that the French set foot in Vietnam during the colonial and colonial invasion. Currently, the garden is compared to the green lung of Hanoi; where nature lovers are immersed in the green and the sounds of the forest; With ancient trees as large as the embrace of a few people – witnesses of many events in the history of the capital.
In the midst of noisy streets, Botanical Garden becomes a green space; spacious enough, and peaceful enough that one can get lost in the rare stillness of urban life. Students can have fun; Tourists can visit and research plants; the elderly also find here a peaceful green space for old age mobility activities and health protection. Many couples also choose this place to express their love or choose this place as a place for wedding photography; It seems that here, in nature, people are easy to get in tune with.
Where is Hanoi Botanical Garden?
The Botanical Garden is located right behind the mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh, between two old streets in the northwest of the capital, Ngoc Ha and Hoang Hoa Tham. With an area of 10 hectares, the park is like a “green lung” to help purify the air and bring a peaceful, close-to-nature space into the heart of the bustling city.
For visitors traveling by private vehicle to the park from other tourist attractions in Hanoi, you can locate the addresses of the following 2 Botanical Garden gates to find your way here: Main Gate: No. 3, Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi; Another gate is located at No. 2, Ngoc Ha Street, Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
Parking tickets at the park:
Motorbike: 5,000 – 10,000 VND/motorbike
Car: 30,000 – 50,000 VND/car
For visitors who choose to travel to Hanoi Zoo and Botanical Garden by bus, they can choose bus route number 45, number 14, or number 45 to get to the park; the drop-off point is opposite the gate of Chu Van An Secondary School; Ticket price: ~7,000 VND/person.
Entrance ticket price: Free
Opening hours: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
History of Hanoi Botanical Garden
Taking advantage of the natural advantage of having a large lake with many green trees, the French established a park right next to West Lake in 1890. During that time, French scientists had painstakingly collected many rare and precious native plants of Vietnam from the North to the South to be planted in the Botanical Garden.
At the same time, they also try to grow many strange plants and flowers from countries around the world. Along the paths in the park, the French also built many animal cages, which is also the reason why this place was once known as the Botanical Zoo or Hanoi Botanical Garden.
Much later, all the animals in the park were transferred to Thu Le Zoo and Botanical Garden – Saigon. However, the parking area has been narrowed to build Ba Dinh’s historical relic area, so only about 10 hectares remain.
What does Hanoi Botanical Garden have?
This 100-year-old park not only possesses many large and rare ancient trees but also has the existence of many unique tree species from Vietnam and many countries around the world. The winding road around Vi Danh Lake is filled with green trees, entering the park is like getting lost in the typical tropical rainforest of Vietnam.
More than just trees, the Botanical Garden gives visitors a different experience with an attractive artificial hill and mountain system. The difference in height, rich vegetation along with endless green grass have made this an ideal place for a weekend picnic. This place is likened to a “giant filter” that blows away the hustle, bustle, and rush of the modern city.
Vi Danh lake is also known by the city people by another familiar name, Lake in the Botanical Garden. The large lake surface and characteristic green water give visitors the experience of fresh and cool space. In particular, in the lake at Hanoi Botanical Garden, there is a small island connected to the lake by a small bridge about 0.5m wide. The small island in the middle of the lake is a place for pigeons and palm trees to bring a romantic and green space.
Sua Mountain can make many people mistake for Nung Mountain where Sua Temple is owned – an ancient work built in the 19th century, about 17.86m high and 6,481m2 wide. The temple worships Huyen Thien Hac De, the god who defended the country’s independence and fought against foreign invaders.
Visitors coming here will be surprised by the ancient, sacred and bold space here. In front of the temple at the Botanical Garden, there are incense burners and two silver-gray lampposts, flanked by two large yellow columns. The red tile roof is tinged with moss and the distinctive red door. In front of the temple, there are three steps leading up, surrounded by luxuriant green trees that bring a romantic space.
Tourist places near the park
Some tourist attractions near the park visitors can experience such as:
- Ho Chi Minh Museum (1.1km from Hanoi Botanical Garden): The museum was built in 1973 with a unique 3-story design. In front of the building, the door is a bas-relief depicting the red flag with a yellow star and hammers and sickle, representing the love and national pride of the Vietnamese people. The museum is the result and proof of the good friendship between Vietnam and the Soviet Union.
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (900m from the Botanical Garden): The place that makes every Vietnamese person anxious not to forget because it is the resting place of the old father of the nation. The work is a design selected from more than 200 works from 16 units, industries, and individuals.
The building was built in 1973 and inaugurated two years later. Uncle Ho’s body is placed in the center of the mausoleum, which is dignified and still simple.
- One Pillar Pagoda (1.8km from Hanoi Botanical Garden): Unique architecture and quiet space have made One Pillar Pagoda attractive to domestic and foreign tourists. Coming here, visitors are like looking at a giant lotus in the middle of a very romantic lotus lake, the gentle scent of lotus flowers carried in the wind as if washing away all the sorrows of life.
- Presidential Palace (650m from Botanical Garden): This place is also known as the Presidential Office. This is the work recognized as one of the 13 most beautiful presidential palaces in the world voted by Architectural Digest.
The project was built with a scale of 30 rooms and bright yellow paint, the design style is bold in ancient Europe. Surrounded by green garden space. During French rule, this place was called the Governor General of Indochina.
Hanoi Botanical Garden is a peaceful, green place in the heart of the capital. If you have the opportunity to visit the Capital, do not miss this wonderful place – one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Hanoi.