Located to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, the French Quarter (or Ba Dinh District) is where the government offices, embassies, desirable residences are located. It consists of shaded boulevards and elegantly restored homes and villas with French architectural influences.
Hoan Kiem District is the commercial centre of Hanoi with the Old Quarter as the main point of interest for travelers and Hoan Kiem Lake the main attraction for locals.
Ba Dinh Square is a big open space, west of Hoan Kiem Lake. It has been Vietnam’s political nucleus ever since the French occupation and was where Ho Chi Minh, widely regarded as the father of modern Vietnam, declared independence in 1945.