Conference Venue


COSGov will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital which lies at the heart of the northern Red River Delta.

Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Tay Ho District Hanoi Vietnam
Phone (84)(4) 719 9000
Fax (84)(4) 719 9001

Situated on the picturesque shore of Hanoi's largest lake, the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is only 15 minutes from the city centre and 25 minutes from the airport. This prime position offers the peaceful solitude of the lush gardens, sweeping lawns, and tranquil courtyards whilst having the convenience, bustle, and excitement of downtown Hanoi only minutes away. Spacious guest rooms offer a touch of luxury in which to relax, with high ceilings and large windows offering spectacular views of the West Lake.


Nearby Attractions

  • Temple of Literature - 1.9 mi/3.0 km
  • One Pillar Pagoda - 1.9 mi/3.0 km

Hanoi region

Hanoi region, lying in a plain, far from sea, belongs to the hot climatic zone under the influence of the South and Northeast monsoons. Although it has experienced so many up and down changes, Hanoi can still reserve many valuable cultural and historical relics for its tourism activities. The relics of history, arts, architecture have become an invaluable collection in Vietnamese treasure of cultural heritage.

Places of interest

Hanoi has more than 300 recognized cultural relics. The city can still reserve many ancient architectural works including of 600 temples and old streets. In addition to the ancient architectural works, the newly built works such as Ho Chi Minh President Mausoleum, Vietnam - Rusia Cultural Palace… and various systems of museums and theatres (Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi Museum, History Museum, Revolution Museum...). Hanoi’s tourism potentiality also displays in its activities of folk art, water puppetry that is one of our national original stage style, attracting foreign tourists who want to obtain better understanding of Vietnamese traditional art, traditional festivals (Le Mat Festival, Trieu Khuc Festival...), traditional trade villages (Ngu Xa Brass Casting, Bat Trang Pottery, Vong Green Rice...). Special Hanoi of "Golden Autumn" stirred so many hearts of versificators… Hanoi is called "green" city with its lines of various medical trees such as nacre tree, malabar almond tree, dracontomelum, flamboyant, milk flower … on the streets in four seasons. More than 300 flower gardens, parks and grass covers together with systems of statues, fountains beautify the capital.

  • Lakes
Beautiful and typical lakes of Hanoi are West Lake - Ho Tay, Restored Sword Lake - Ho Hoan Kiem, Dhyana Light Lake - Ho Thien Quang, Bamboo and Silk Lake - Ho Truc Bach, closely attached to secret legends of the Vietnamese’s country defense.
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
The Ho Chi Minh museum is a memorial complex to Ho Chi Minh's great cause and was established to satisfy the Vietnamese people's desire to express their deep gratitude to the President. Through the museum the Vietnamese people demonstrate their desire to follow Ho Chi Minh's thoughts, morality and lifestyle, who has been recognized by UNESCO as a "National liberation hero and great man of culture". The museum shows the desire to build a peaceful independent, united and prosperous Vietnam. It was opened on May 19th 1990, the date of Ho Chi Minh's 100th birthday. The museum is designed to present Ho Chi Minh's life and the revolutionary cause that was so closely linked to his nation and time. The museum is an harmonious combination of exhibits, architecture and fine arts. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum: The building is located next to the Ho Chi Minh museum. Photography is not permitted inside the building and visitors must dress appropriately.
Ad: 3 Ngoc Ha Str, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi
Open time: 8h00 – 11h00 and 13h30 - 16h00 daily (closed on Monday)
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
The VME is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the traditional cultures of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. Preservation of the unique cultural identities of every ethnic group is considered a priority in a country that is experiencing rapid social and economic change on all fronts.
Ad: Nguyen Van Huyen Rtr., Nghia Do, Cau giay.
  • Pagodas, temples
Hanoi has many pagodas, temples ranked as historical cultural monuments such as Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Nation Defense Pagoda, Golden Lotus Pagoda, Saint Birth Place Temple (Quan Thanh), Native Place Temple (Quan su), Bich Cau Host, Hoa Phong Tower.

Temple of Literature
Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam in Hanoi (the Temple of Literature and National University) is not only a symbol of Confucianism but also an extremely significant cultural and historical vestige of Vietnam and of Hanoi in particular.

One Pillar Pagoda
The original pagoda was destroyed by the French in 1954 but has since been rebuilt. The wooden structure which resembles a lotus blossom stands on a single stone pillar and is located close to Hoi Chi Minh's Mausoleum.

  • Water-Puppet Show
The puppet show is an age old traditional genre of art closely connected with Vietnamese people’s spiritual life. There are many kinds of puppet shows, for example land-puppet, water-puppet, rope climbing puppet, etc. The show could be performed in various ways, bearing masks as in the Xuan Pha dance (from Thanh Hoa province) and in that performed among the various Tay and Cao Lan ethnic groups, or in disguised dances such as in Khmer Ro-bam dance (from South Vietnam). But the most popular and dynamic is undoubtedly the water-puppet show with its artistic performance.
The water-puppet show is in fact a derivation of the theatre, using puppets, wooden statues and disguised appearances to act in a play on the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen in water up to their waists, controlling the puppets movements with a system of strings or long bamboo poles. The show is accompanied by musical instrument such as gongs and cymbals, and resounds with sounds of fire-crackers. Today the music is played by a traditional orchestra. In every water-puppet performance, a puppet-actor called Teu always appears playing the introductory role of the story to be performed.
Central Puppet Theater, Ad: 361, Truong Chinh Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi Water puppet shows: 8 PM every Saturday
Municipal water Puppet Theater, Ad: 57, Dinh Tien Hoang Str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi Water puppet shows: 6 nightly except Mondays., 9:45 AM on Sunday. 6 PM shows on others.
  • Ancient Streets - traditional commerce centre tour
Ancient streets of traditional trading with a history of nearly 1,000 years are not only traditional commerce centre, each house shows its unique beauty of either excitement or dreariness, simplicity, secrecy that is unlike any other places and can only be discovered by unhurried tourists. It is a maze of 36 main streets plus numerous alleys. Each street is named after the type of merchant that used to trade in that street. Even today you will see particular types of shops grouped together in one area. This is an excellent place to buy gifts and souvenirs such as zippo, handicraff, silk… and have a look at Vietnamese ancient architecture as well as the imfluence of France architecture on Vietnamese modern architecture during the time France colonized Vietnam.
  • Trade Village Tour
Bat Trang pottery village is famous so far with its products that have gone down into folk ballads: Wish that I can marry you, I will buy Bat Trang brick to build Trieu Khuc Village of hand-made silk, the product is preferred by both locals and foreigners. Nhi Khe village, Van Ha Commune (Dong Anh) of fine art: handicrafted statues, jewelry of animal bones, and rattan.
Le Mat village of breeding snakes for preserving in liquor for years, the liquor for health treatment and strengthening. Le Mat village festival is organized annually on the 23rd of Lunar March, with special performance of water parade and snake dancing.
Nghi Tam village of decorative plants, Nhat Tan village of flowers, Ngoc Ha village of flowers… are familiar village names in Hanoi, where to provide the city people with a full range of year - round fresh flowers, decorative plants. For recent years, the art of decorative plant growing has developed. The above said places are valuably attracting to international tourists.

In addition to that, 100 km radius surrounding Hanoi, there exist many famous and beautiful lanscapes, sights, such as Cuc Phuong Forest, H­uong Tich Pagoda, Tam Dao Mountain, Hung Temple, Hoa Lu­.

Food and drink

Hanoi cuisine is highly appreciated by local and foreign tourists (rice noodle soup, La Vong Fried Fish cooked with noodles and scallions in a charcoal brazier, Thanh Tri Steamed Rolls made of rice flour, pork pies, sausages ...). Pho, a typical dish of Hanoi people. You can enjoy Pho at: Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup): 32 Le Van Huu or 12 Nam Ngu Str., Hanoi Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup): 2B Ly Quoc Su or Nguyen Khuyen Str., Hanoi

2. Com Lam Com lam is rice that has been steamed inside a hollow tube of bamboo. This cooking technique is favoured by many ethnic minority groups in Vietnam's lands, including the Tay, Nung, Dao and Thai. For highland farmers, a tube of com lam is the equivalent of a lunch box, providing a quick and easy-to-carry meal. Com lam is prepared with mountain rice-a special type of thick, short-grained rice grown in upland terraced paddy fields. A stalk of bamboo is cut into pieces about 40cm in length and filled with rice and water. The stalk is then sealed and placed over a fire until the surface is charred. At this time, the cook uses a knife to whittle away the stalk's outer layer. The charred bark is peeled away to reveal a thin, inner skin of bamboo, which sticks to the rice inside. These tubes are cut into slices of about 3cm in length and served with "muoi vung", a mixture of rock salt and roasted sesame seeds. The rice itself, which tastes of fresh bamboo, is thick, sticky and delicious.

3. Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong Grilled Fish Pies) It is a unique speciality of Hanoi people, therefore one street in hanoi was named as Cha Ca Street. Cha Ca is made from mud –fish, snake- headed fish, but the best one is Hemibagrus (Ca Lang). Fish bone is left away to keep meat only, then seasoning, clipping by pieces of bamboo and frying by coal heat. An oven of coal heat is needed when serving to keep Cha Ca always hot. Cha Ca is served with roasted peanuts, dry pancakes, soft noodle soup, spice vegetables and shrimps paste with lemonand chilly You should enjoy La Vong Grilled Fish Pies on a coool rainy day in summer or in winter. *The Cha Ca La Vong restaurant on 14th Cha Ca street is "ancestor restaurant" of the dish *120 Cha ca, 107 Nguyen Truong To Str., Hanoi

4. Banh Tom Ho Tay (West lake fried shrimp cake) All people who used to live in Hanoi are familiar with Banh Tom Ho Tay restaurant on the "Young" street. The cake preparing process includes wheat flour mixed with potato fibres, placing on shape with shrimps upper, then fried with oil. The cake is brittle, soft, sweet – smelling and served with vegetable pickles and sweet and sour fish sauce for best taste.

5. Banh Cuon (Rolled rice pancake) Banh Cuon is popular to Vietnamese as dish for breakfast. The cake preparing process includes grilled rice which is steamed and oil – spread to have sweet – smelling. The cake, placed on plate, serve with salted shredded shring and fried dry onions. The customers immediately experience the dish as it is the sauce of the cake that fascinate the customers. The cake makers have their own know-how, some of them prepare Banh Cuon with Belos tomatid essence to have sweet – smelling to attract to customers. Add : 17 Cha Ca Str., Hanoi

6. Bun Thang: " Ladder" soft noodle soup The popular dish is vermicelli and sour crab soup whilst Bun Thang is for connoisseurs, unique and available in Hanoi only. A bowl of Bun Thang includes lean pork paste, thin fried egg, salted shredded shrimp, chicken, onion, shrimps paste and a little Belostomatid essence. Especially, Bun Thang bouillon made from shrimps and meat must be very sweet and pure.

7. Com Vong (Vong grilled green rice) Com Vong is a country dish. Com is made from sticky rice that is harvested in blossom period, roasted in many times, crashed and sieved. The sweet – smelling, soft and green Com grains are often kept in lotus leaves ta add unique flavor of lotus leaf. There have been many places producing Com but the most famous is Dich Vong village (Hanoi) with Com Vong. Hanoians also prepare many Com – originated dishes such as sauteeus Com (Com Sao), Com milk soup (Che Com), Com cake (Banh Com), etc. Banh Com is not only a specialty but also a wedding cake. You can enjoy Com cake in many Com Cake restaurants in Hang Than Str, (The Com Cake restaurant in 11 Hang Than Str is the "ancestor restaurant" of the dish) It is very delicious to enjoy Vong grilled green rice in autumn.

Food Streets: Mai Hac De, Tong Duy Tan, Cam Chi, Le Van Huu Streets have variety of food and are oppened late.

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