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St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) Tours

St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon)
Located in Hoan Kiem district, the neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Hanoi and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi. Modeled after Notre Dame in Paris, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is one of the most famous and striking landmarks in Hanoi from the colonial era.
 
The Basics
Constructed between 1882 and 1886, St. Joseph’s Cathedral was consecrated on Christmas Eve, 1886. It was built on the site of the ancient Bao Thien Pagoda, which was demolished to make way for the church. It’s known for its soaring façade, twin bell towers, and a majestic interior with rib-vaulted ceiling, original stained glass windows, and elaborate altars. Although mostly European in design and look, there are some traditional Vietnamese decorations on the aisles, walls, and altars of the church. Mass is held several times a day, and is often crowded to overcapacity; those that wish to attend should consult the schedule that is sometimes posted outside the church.
 
A number of sightseeing tours will feature a stop at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, along with other attractions like the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake, and may include additional activities like a cyclo ride, a food tour, or a water puppet show.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s free to enter the church, though donations are accepted.
  • Enter through the side door, rather than the main entrance, except for mass.
  • Mass is performed in Vietnamese and French.
  • This is an active place of worship, so please be respectful of worshippers.

How to Get There
St. Joseph’s Cathedral is located west of Hoan Kiem Lake, and can be easily reached on foot from most of central Hanoi. It’s easiest to take a taxi from elsewhere in Hanoi. Local buses, including buses 1 and 2, also stop nearby.
 
When to Get There
The church’s opening hours tend to fluctuate, though it’s often closed for lunch. Services are performed throughout the week and weekend. The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19. Christmas is a festive time to visit the church, and will have the biggest crowds.
 
Nearby Attractions
There are a number of boutiques, restaurants, and bars near the church. Hoan Kiem Lake is also nearby. This scenic lake is pleasant to walk around, and is home to Ngoc Son Temple, located on Jade Island, at the northern part of the lake.

Address: 40 Nha Chung St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi Market Tour & Cooking Class: Pho, Bun Cha, Egg Coffee,... with Free Drinks

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Hanoi Night Lights And Street Food Tour

Hanoi Night Lights And Street Food Tour

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When the work day is finished and night falls, Hanoians and their city come to life like no other city in South East Asia. Let Paloma Motorbike Tours show you the city in full bloom at night like a local. Street Markets and Food Stalls are at their best at night. In true Hanoian fashion, the food of the north is at it’s best. The variety and volume of food will thrust you into a gastronomic adventure with no end in sight. On the back of your motorbike, in open air, your senses will be on overdrive as the sights and the amazing smells that will make this adventure an unforgettable experience.Hanoi Night Lights & Food TourThe city takes on a totally different personality at night. Small alleyways light up and places you did not even realize existed during the daytime come to life at night. From dimly lit Cafes to beautifully lit Night Clubs and every sight in between, Paloma Motorbike Tours will show you how to spend the night like a local.
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3.5 Hour Hanoi Motorbike Tour

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" If I could give this tour more than 5 stars I would. Our main guide Oliver was knowledgeable and friendly. The rest of the guides were awesome as well, sharing with us nuggets of information when we rode by various landmarks. Throughout the whole journey the bike ride felt safe and stable, even when we were at the farm, where the soil was muddy from the rain the night before. The tour was fun filled and packed from start to end, I never felt bored and I felt like it covered the main sites in Hanoi! I particularly enjoyed the visit to the farm (they have ostriches at the farm as well) and the stopover on a bridge over the red river. The stop along the train tracks for tea and phototaking, the B52 lake and the Masoleum were sure highlights as well." Said guests who have done the trip.
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