The historic Hoan Kiem District is where you’ll find many of the best things to do in Hanoi. It’s filled with endless restaurants and the charming old town, but also Phung Hung Mural Street! The first time we came here we couldn’t believe the colors and imagery painted on the walls of the capital city! Here’s all you need to know about the new mural street, and why it’s the must see artwork of Hanoi Vietnam.
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How to Get to Phung Hung Mural Street
Phung Hung Mural Street is located in the heart of the Hoan Kiem District, and just minutes away from other famous sites in the area. The Hoan Kiem District is our favorite part of the city where all the action is. It’s within walking distance of almost everything you’ll want to see during your stay.
If you decide to get a hotel in the Hoan Kiem District you can easily walk to see this special Vietnam artwork. Still, if you’re a little further away it’s not a problem either! Just jump in a grab taxi or motorbike and you’ll be there in no time.
One of the coolest parts about Hanoi mural street is that the art is actually painted on the base of the 120 year old Long Bien Bridge. Each of the arches on this portion of the train tracks have their own mural taking you back in time for a look inside Hanoi’s history.
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The Story of Hanoi Mural Street
While there’s so many great historic things to see in Hanoi, Phung Hung Mural Street is actually very new! This unique Vietnam artwork was started in 2018 as a project by both Korean and Vietnamese artists.
It was created as a celebration of 25 years of political relations between the two countries. Now the bright murals line the sidewalk, and lanterns fill the sky in this once random street along the bridge.
Our Favorite Hanoi Murals
Each painting on Hanoi Mural Street tells a story of the history of the city and Vietnam as a whole. Yet, what makes this Vietnam artwork so cool is that the paintings were not done in one set style. The murals range from 3D paintings to old photographs, and even colorful carvings in the walls.
Next to each mural is a small plaque that explains a little bit about the individual piece. This combination of amazing art and history makes it one of the very best things to see in Hanoi! Below our some of our favorite selections from Phung Hung Mural Street.
Exploring the Hoan Kiem District
Still searching for more things to see in Hanoi? After you stop at Phung Hung Mural Street you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many great local restaurants in Hoan Kiem District. Also, if you’re thirsty there’s a place that sells fresh beer for just 10,000 VND at the end of the street!
Aside from that you can walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, go shopping, or grab a seat at a rooftop cafe to take in the beautiful architecture of Hanoi. For more fun activities around the Hoan Kiem District make sure to check out our other Hanoi blogs below.
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Where To Stay In Hanoi Vietnam
Ultra Luxury – Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel – Amazing luxury property with a rooftop swimming pool overlooking Hanoi.
Fun Vacation – Scent Premium Hotel – Located in the center of the Old Quarter and just a quick 2 minute walk to the lake.
Budget Travel – Nova Luxury Hotel – Right next to the Hanoi Old Quarter with a beautiful chic design.
Hostel Life –Little Charm Hanoi Hostel – Clean rooms, soft beds, and in the heart of Hanoi. Great budget option in one of our favorite places to visit in Vietnam.
Have any questions about the artwork of Vietnam, Phung Hung Mural Street or want to share your favorite things to see in Hanoi? Leave us a comment below!
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Love your post! I was in Hanoi in 2017, and this is just one more reason for me to go back! I have a post that I wrote about my top things to do in Hanoi. I am going to back to this.
Thanks Courtney! Yes it’s definitely worth a visit. We loved how they told the history of the city through these colorful murals ( :